Premier League

November 10, 2010


Man City

0 - 0

Man Utd

Premier League

20:00 +00:00, November 10, 2010

Etihad Stadium

Referee: C Foy

  • 90'

    City were only interested in defending and the fans gave the home side few boos at the final whistle.

  • 90'

    On the face of it a draw is a better result for United but they will be frustrated that they couldn't get a winner.

  • 90'

    That's it! The final whistle blows and it ends 0-0.

  • 90'

    City make a baffling substitution with only seconds to go and take off Tevez to bring on Adebayor.

  • 90'

    Park is desperate to win back the ball and fouls De Jong.

  • 90'

    Time is ticking away and the home side pass back to the goalkeeper. Very odd.

  • 89'

    City take their time over a throw. They look satisfied with the draw.

  • 88'

    Nani whips in a corner. Brown goes up for the header but jumps too soon and can't direct his header.

  • 88'

    United are really going for it now.

  • 87'

    Carrick hits a long-range shot that takes a deflection. Hart is wrong-footed but the shot goes wide for a corner.

  • 86'

    Nani dances on the edge of the box but there is no way thorugh. He passes to Brown, who mis-controls the ball and it goes out for a City throw.

  • 85'

    Silva attempts to play through-pass for Yaya, but it hit's the midfielder's heels and the move breaksdown.

  • 84'

    Ferdinand treads on the ball and Zabaleta picks up possession in the box. He curls a shot just over the bar.

  • 83'

    Nani's long-range shot is deflected. It looks like it is going behind for a corner but Hart sprints across to stop it. Maybe he just wanted a touch of the ball.

  • 82'

    United look to break quickly but City still have five players back defending despite previously being on the attack.

  • 81'

    Yaya breezes past Fletcher. Kolarov shoots but his effort is blocked by Brown.

  • 80'

    Hernandez's cross from the left is blocked, but goes behind for a corner.

  • 79'

    Boateng goes off and is replaced by the attack-minded Kolarov.

  • 79'

    De Jong is hustled into an error.

  • 78'

    Park and Nani probe the left flank. Kolo cuts out a cross intended for Hernandez.

  • 77'

    A final roll of the dice then by United. Will it prove decisive?

  • 76'

    United make their final change. Hernandez comes on to replace Berbatov, who has been the best player on the pitch.

  • 75'

    Silva wins a corner. His corner is headed out by Carrick, who then chases out and blocks Barry's shot. Great work by Carrick.

  • 74'

    O'Shea makes great tackle and United are on the attack. Berbatov takes too long to decide what to do and his pass to Nani is cut out.

  • 73'

    It's City's turn to keep the ball now. Silva probes down the left but is eventually tackled by Brown.

  • 72'

    Milner's game is over. He is replaced by Adam Johnson, who receives a big cheer.

  • 71'

    Brown scythes down Silva and gets booked.

  • 70'

    Last twenty minutes now and the fact that United have had to replace both fullbacks could leave Fergie reluctant to make another change.

  • 69'

    Flecther gives the ball away yet again and Tevez can attack, but instead City play it backwards.

  • 68'

    Boateng swings a leg at the ball on the edge of the United box and totally misses it. Barry then hits a shot wide.

  • 67'

    Evra seems to have succombed to that earlier injury. O'Shea comes on to replace the full-back.

  • 66'

    United seem to be pushing a bit further forward now but that could leave them open to the counter-attack.

  • 65'

    Berbatov unlocks the City defence with a great through-ball for Fletcher but the flag is up for offside - the first off the match.

  • 64'

    We are back under way. Ferdinand dawdles on the ball and is lucky to win a cheap freekick with two City players ready to pounce on his sloppy error.

  • 63'

    Both managers use the break in play to issue instructions to their players.

  • 62'

    Milner stays down after a coming together with Vidic. United put the ball out so he can get treatment.

  • 61'

    United take short corner. Nanai chips a cross to the far post but there is no red-shirted player there to challenge for the header.

  • 60'

    Fletcher wins a corner off Kompany.

  • 59'

    Tevez breaks for City. He drives into the box but has no idea what to do next and eventually runs the ball out for a goalkick.

  • 58'

    Park, Fletcher and Nani probe the City defence to no avail.

  • 57'

    Tevez responds with a shot for City. It was poor one but at least it was a shot.

  • 56'

    A United attack down the right flank ends with Berbatov hooking a volley at goal but Hart is equal to the shot.

  • 55'

    Brown hits a long-pass forward to Park, but Kolo heads clear.

  • 54'

    City can't get a touch of the ball.

  • 53'

    Fletcher and Nani attempt to combine on the edge of the box but City stand firm and another United attack peters out.

  • 52'

    Possession but no penetration from United.

  • 51'

    Silva goes down following a tackle from Brown. The City player wants a freekick but the ref play on.

  • 50'

    It is very scrappy at the moment.

  • 49'

    Scholes plays in Evra on the left. The United full-back trickles a pass into the area but City clear the danger.

  • 48'

    Rafael's game is over and he is replaced by Wes Brown.

  • 48'

    Rafael looks injured. He is limping and looking over at the bench.

  • 47'

    United have all the early possession. City might be at home but so far they are hapy to park the bus.

  • 46'

    Scholes plays a wayward pass that Tevez latches onto but he can't make the most of the gift.

  • 46'

    United get the second-half underway, kicking from left to right. No changes for either side.

  • 45'

    United are back out on the pitch but City are making them wait.

  • 45'

    Both sides seem more concerned with not losing than winning, but hopefully the game will open up in the second-half.

  • 45'

    Berbatov has provided the spark for Manchester United and Yaya is carrying the fight for City. Both need their team-mates to step up.

  • 45'

    That is the final action of the half. 0-0 and still very cautious.

  • 45'

    ...Silva whips in the freekick but it goes beyond the far post and goes out for goalkick.

  • 45'

    City have a freekick on the right angle of the area...

  • 45'

    Yaya runs at the United defence and as Vidic backs off Carrick nips in to take the ball away from the big midfielder.

  • 44'

    Tevez and Rafael have a bit of a tangle and then go nose to nose. Rafeal is not backing down and the ref comes over to seperate the duo.

  • 43'

    England manager Fabio Capello is in the crowd discussing the game with Stuart Pearce.

  • 42'

    Boateng slings in an aimless cross that goes out for a goalkick.

  • 41'

    Scholes gets the first card of the game and it is a soft one for a foul on Milner... he has made a few dodgy tackles though.

  • 40'

    Nani races down the left but Barry has provided cover for Zabaleta and clears the danger.

  • 39'

    Yaya shrugs off two hacks from Scholes and drives at the United defence. Vidic comes across to make the tackle and the two man-mountains collide at full pace.

  • 38'

    Evra crosses to the back post. Berbatov is there to head at goal but instead opts to volley. It was the wrong decison as he can't get any power in the awkward shot.

  • 37'

    It is still very cagey after more than half an hour.

  • 36'

    De Jong hacks down Park, who takes a quick freekick. But City are quickly back in position and United can't get through their defence.

  • 35'

    ...Tevez curls a shot past the wall and Van Der Sar palms the ball wide for corner. The corner is wasted.

  • 34'

    Scholes fouls Milner about 22-yards from goal and City have a freekick in a dangerous area...

  • 33'

    Milner runs at Ferdinand down the left flank, but the the defender wins that battle with a good block.

  • 32'

    Berbatov and Yaya Toure have a little tussle and the ref tells them to calm down.

  • 31'

    Park races out of defence and is hacked down by Silva before he can pose any danger. Still no yellow card.

  • 30'

    City work a short corner this time but Berbatov is back defending for United and brings the ball forward.

  • 29'

    Milner wins a corner. He takes it himself, badly, but wins another one.

  • 28'

    Scholes has space to run at the City defence and has room to shoot. He opts against it and chips a poor pass over the defence that runs out of play.

  • 27'

    Rafael breaks forward on the right. United switch play to the left, but Evra's flicked pass runs out for a goalkick to City.

  • 26'

    United pass it around at the back.

  • 25'

    A session of head tennis ends with a City throw.

  • 24'

    United easily deal with the corner.

  • 23'

    Silva plays a clever ball through to Milner in the box. Vidic has tracked his run and makes a tackle at the expense of a corner.

  • 22'

    The ball runs away from Nani and he comes off worse in a tackle with Gareth Barry. He was caught right on top of his foot.

  • 21'

    Berbatov with some great close control in the middle of the pitch, he even shoves Barry to floor for good measure.

  • 20'

    Park and Evra combine in the middle of the pitch and work the ball to the edge of the box. Evra has a great chance to shoot but hits his shot straight at Hart.

  • 19'

    Fletcher has taken a number of poor touches tonight and his latest one brings and end to a promising United attack down the right.

  • 18'

    United are down to ten men as Evra gets some treatment on the sidleine.

  • 17'

    Evra goes up for a header and stays down clutching his ankle after an awkward landing.

  • 16'

    United have got themselves into this game now, following the fast start made by City.

  • 15'

    Berbatov chinks through three defenders and then sets up Carrick for a long-range shot. Carrick's effort is always rising and goes well wide too.

  • 14'

    Nani takes on Barry down the right and wins a corner. He takes it himself and it's a poor one, cleared at the near post.

  • 13'

    ...Nani goes for goal but the ball clips the wall and dribbles through to City keeper Hart.

  • 12'

    Fletcher is taken out from behind by Boateng. He is lucky to escpae a yellow card. It's freekick within shooting distance....

  • 11'

    United are happy to pass the ball around at the back to take the sting out of the game.

  • 10'

    City look really up for it tonight. United are feeding on scraps.

  • 9'

    Zabaleta takes a heavy touch as he races forward down the left. He clatters into Rafael as he tries to regain possession. He escapes without a yellow card.

  • 8'

    United finally work the ball to the edge of the City box. Nani shoots from long-range but his effort is blocked by a swarm of blue shirts.

  • 7'

    City are playing a quick pressing game when they lose the ball and United just can't keep possession.

  • 6'

    Evra loses the ball as he raids forward and Vidic has to snuff out a City counter-attack.

  • 5'

    Tevez jumps for the ball with Rafael and falls heavily on his back. He gets slowly back to his feet.

  • 4'

    Zabaleta overlaps down the left flank. He looks up to cross the ball but he has no team-mate to aim for in the box.

  • 3'

    City are in the driving seat early on as Nani fouls Silva in midfield.

  • 2'

    Tevez takes the ball down on the edge of the box. He fakes to shoot and allows Vidic time to recover to make a tackle. He should have actually taken the shot.

  • 1'

    Scholes makes the first foul of the evening - hacking down Milner.

  • 1'

    City get the game underway, wearing their usual sky blue kit, kicking from left to right.


    The teams are out on the pitch, the fans are chanting and we are moments away from kick-off.


    The lights have dimmed and United fans have lit a flare to contrast with the blue glow around Eastlands.


    Going into his 39th Manchester derby Sir Alex Ferguson says the build up to this one has been huge, as this result will affect the title race.


    Both sides look like they will line up in a 4-5-1 formation, with advanced wingers looking to join the lone striker.


    Man City: Hart, Boateng, Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, Toure Yaya, De Jong, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Milner. Subs: Given, Richards, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Kolarov, Lescott, Vieira.


    The word on the street is that Man City striker Tevez is not 100% fit but he has been picked to start against his former side.


    Man Utd: Van der Sar, Rafael Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Nani, Berbatov, Park. Subs: Amos, Brown, Smalling, Hernandez, O'Shea, Obertan, Gibson.


    The teams are in and the big news for Manchester United is that Nani and Berbatov has recovered from injury and will start.