Man Utd 3(4)-1(3) Man City
The first few minutes were scrappy but Manchester United soon took control. Wayne Rooney chased down a ball thrown over the top of the City defence in the eighth minute. Collecting the ball on the edge of the box, he engineered space for a shot, his strike was solid but straight at Shay Given and the Citizens 'keeper saved comfortably.
United had the next chance four minutes later, City headed clear a free-kick crossed into the box from the left wing. The ball came out to Paul Scholes, who lined up for a half-volley with his right foot. His technique was crisp, but the shot was always rising and it cleared the crossbar.
Shaun Wright-Phillips created City's first opportunity from open play, with the English winger beating Patrice Evra and driving into the penalty area from the right wing. He chipped the ball to Craig Bellamy in the centre, who aimed a strong header for the top right-hand corner, but Edwin van der Sar was positioned well and collected comfortably.
Carlos Tevez went on a dazzling run, jinking past Rio Ferdinand and into the United penalty area. Just as he was about to shoot, Ferdinand recovered with a sliding challenge to deny the Argentinian.
The Citizens were on the ascendency, Craig Bellamy attacked down the left flank and floated a cross towards the back post. Tevez met the ball with a diving header that zipped towards the bottom right-hand corner. Van der Sar dove to his left and managed to push the ball out of the danger area.
As the half drew to a close Wright-Phillips had a shot on goal from long range. It went straight to van der Sar who made a routine save.
The second half started with an outstanding individual effort by Micah Richards. Rooney was muscled off the ball by the City right-back, and Richards drove at the United defence. Cutting inside, the defender elected to shoot with his left foot from just outside the box. His effort arched towards the top right-hand corner and van der Sar made an excellent save, meeting the shot with his out-stretched left hand.
Tensions were starting to rise. Tevez picked up a booking for a sliding challenge on Rafael, with Bellamy and Ferdinand having a heated exchange in the aftermath. Emotions boiled over minutes later when Bellamy was waiting to take a corner kick. The Welshman was struck on the head with a coin thrown from the crowd and also had a bottle hurled in his direction when he was down on the ground.
Garerth Barry wasted the corner and
United soon had a chance to extend their lead, Nani whipped a teasing ball across the face of the goal with his right foot. Dedryck Boyata had to deal with it, and managed to lift the ball over his own crossbar as Rooney was lurking for a tap in.
Rooney should have scored a third moments later. United tore through the City back line from the left, Giggs slid the ball to Evra, who had made run into the left-hand side of the box. In one fluid motion, Evra controlled and quickly played the ball inside to Rooney, who had the goal at his mercy. With Given stranded, Rooney managed to stab the ball wide of the left-hand post when it would have been easier to score.
Just as United were looking dominant, the momentum swung as Tevez popped up to score a vital goal for the Citizens. Bellamy checked onto his right foot and crossed towards the front post. Ferdinand stooped, looking certain to head clear, but Tevez threw his boot in front of the United centre-back and the ball zipped past van der Sar into the bottom right-hand corner: 2-1.