United Win Manchester Derby 2012 - Man City 2 - 3 Man United

 

Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Manchester Derby 2012 - Man City 2 - 3 Man United

The 2-3 win gave Man United a six-point lead on the Premier League table with only two more games before Christmas.

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Robin Van Persie's Manchester Derby debut was marked as he scored the winning goal in injury time in an action-packed crowd thriller in an exciting 164th Manchester Derby.

The defeat was second place City's first loss at Etihad Stadium in the Premier League in two years.

United took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute as Wayne Rooney opened the scoring.

Rooney scored a second goal - his 150th goal in the Premier League.

In the 79th minute, City's Patrice Evra hit a shot that bounded off De Gea’s shoulder for a corner - and in the 86th minute. Pedro Zabaleta sent a right-footed half-volley past De Gea making the score 2-2.

Then van Persie scored on a left-footed free kick that went past Hart into the net for the United win and his 11th league goal.

“We were in control,” said van Persie after the clash. “But City, City always comes back.”

As United celebrated the important goal by van Persie and Man Derby victory, a coin thrown out of the stands hit United defender Rio Ferdinand in the head, drawing blood.

United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson later remarked that the historic Manchester Derby did not deserve the unsavoury incident.

And Joe Hart's quick thinking stopped a spectator in his tracks from attacking Ferdinand as well.

After the match, City later issued a statement stating that the club will co-operate fully with the local police in order to punish any offenders, and the FA confirmed they are investigating the incidents.

"It was disappointing that a supporter ran on the field after Rio had been hit by a coin in the eye," said City boss Mancini. "It's a bit disappointing. The game didn't deserve that.

"I don't know whether they're going to stitch it or not. The game doesn't need that."

Ashley Young agreed that it was unpleasant to end the clash with bad sportsmanship.

"It could have taken Rio’s eye out and you’ve seen the cut on his head," said the winger. "When 'Wazza' was taking a corner there were so many objects being thrown onto the pitch as well and, on another day, if the pitch had not been so wet, the fan who came onto the pitch wouldn’t have slipped over and could have attacked Rio. It’s not nice to see that and hopefully it’ll be dealt with."

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