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13:30 +00:00, December 9, 2012
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United are now six points clear of City at the top of the Premier League.
What a win for United with one of the last kicks of the game. City did so well to claw United's lead back and probably deserved a point. A great Manchester derby.
And there goes the final whistle.
An enthralling end to the game.
Ferdinand has some blood pouring from his face following the celebration. It looks like he was hit by something from the crowd.
Van Persie scores from the resulting free kick. It takes a deflection of Nasri's leg and flies in past Hart into the bottom corner. That must be the winner.
GOAL FOR UNITED. VAN PERSIE.
Tevez fouls Rafael in a dangerous position.
Tevez has a go at goal from the edge of the box but his shot is tame and De Gea makes a simple save.
Four minutes of added time to be played. It's City who look like finding a winner.
Silva strikes the ball from the edge of the box after being set up by Tevez but De Gea makes the save.
Tevez gets booked for dissent.
Tevez receives the ball in the area but loses control and eventually brings down Ferdinand.
Zabaleta pours forward again down the right but his cross is cleared off for a throw by United.
Welbeck comes on for Cleverley.
United are struggling now. City want to find a winner.
United can only clear the City corner as far as Zabaleta who hits first time from the edge of the area and finds the bottom corner.
GOAL FOR CITY. ZABALETA.
Dzeko nearly scores with his first touch as he brings the ball down in the box following a long ball over the top but Smalling does brilliantly to get the challenge in.
Jones comes on for Valencia. United looking to shore things up at the back.
Dzeko comes on for Yaya Toure.
Nasri pours forward down the right as City break. The winger pulls it back to Tevez but he smashes his shot over the bar.
United still look dangerous on the break. City will have to make sure they do not leave themselves too exposed.
Valencia tries to get a cross in from the right but Clichy puts a strong challenge in to clear the danger.
Aguero gets the ball in the box. He turns then tries to set up Silva but the pass is played just behind his team-mate.
Dzeko is getting warmed up. What can the 'super sub' do?
United break and Valencia finds Young down the right. The winger tries to find Rooney but his pass is short and the striker loses it.
Silva comes forward for City following the pass from Nasri. He turns Evra in the box before shooting from close range but it hits De Gea's shoulder and bounces off the bar.
Rooney plays in Cleverley down the left. The midfielder spots Van Persie in the middle but the striker cannot keep his header down.
Tevez does well to win a corner but De Gea once again punches clear.
United probe through Carrick but his pass to Van Persie is intercepted. Valencia soon gives the ball away cheaply.
Yaya Toure is booked for a late challenge on Cleverley.
Kolo Toure gets on the end of a Yaya Toure free kick but he is offside. Does not hit the target anyway.
Rooney goes into the book for the tackle on Yaya Toure.
Yaya Toure does brilliantly to beat three United plays before running into space down the left. But the referee brings a stop to the play after seeing Rooney foul Toure. City are not happy that no advantage was played.
Zabaleta tries to play in Aguero but Smalling closes the striker down. City have looked a real threat ever since the arrival of Tevez.
Evra gets his head on Rooney's corner but can only send it wide.
Valencia sends a dangerous ball in from the right but Barry is there to head off for the corner.
Zabaleta tries to play in Tevez but the defender overhits it and De Gea is able to get to it.
Aguero plays in Tevez but the striker is unable to get a shot away at goal after being under pressure from Evra.
Ferdinand goes into the book for a late tackle.
Rafael is the next player to be riding around in pain on the floor.
Tevez plays in Aguero into the box. The striker tries to take on Smalling and get a shot away at goal but the defender gets a vital tackle in to avert the danger.
Evra drives into the box from the left and takes a tumble after a challenge from Kolo Toure. No penalty given.
United break down the other end through Rooney but he soon loses it and it goes out for a goal kick. This is real end-to-end stuff.
Yaya Toure plays it quick to Aguero but he is unable to pull the ball back across the face of the goal.
Ferdinand catches Tevez with a high foot. Free kick in a dangerous position for City.
The City crowd are sensing a comeback.
City go up the other end and De Gea makes two great saves to deny Tevez and then Silva. The ball eventually falls to Yaya Toure who places his shot into the bottom corner. Game on.
GOAL FOR CITY. YAYA TOURE.
Amazing from Van Persie who turns on a six pence and curls the ball into the top corner but it bounces off the post. Young gets the rebound in but he is offside.
Kolo Toure rises highest to get his head on the resulting corner but he fails to direct it goalbound.
Tevez plays the ball out wide to Nasri. The winger sends a dangerous ball across the face of goal but Ferdinand gets vital touch with Aguero waiting to pounce.
Clichy comes forward down the left and plays the ball across the box to Aguero. The striker tries to curl the ball into the top corner but just misses it. De Gea was rooted to the spot.
Young and Zabaleta both fall to ground in what looked like a judo move!
Nastasic looks in pain but he is OK to play on. It just shows you how many hard tackles have been flying in today.
What can Tevez bring to this City side? They need something special from the Argentine.
Tevez comes on for Balotelli. The Italian has stormed off down the tunnel. Not a good day for him.
Rooney tries to play in Young but Kolo Toure clears it. Valencia crosses from the right and City head it clear but only as far as Cleverley who shoots over the bar.
Aguero tries to play Balotelli into the box but the Italian had no chance of reaching the ball.
Rooney drives forward for United and picks out Young in space on the right but he fails to find Van Persie with his cross.
Tevez looks like he might be coming on for Balotelli.
Ferdinand looks OK.
Smalling comes on for Evans.
Evra has to put the ball out of play as Ferdinand is down on the ground in pain.
Silva finds Nasri in the box with a deft pass. The Frenchman plays it back across goal but puts just too much on the pass.
Smalling is getting warmed up.
Van Persie clears Silva's corner at the near post though.
City look to attack early as Zabaleta gets forward down the right and wins the corner.
City get the second half underway.
Ashley Young is one of only three players to provide 50+ Premier League assists since the start of the 2006-07 season, along with Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney.
Man United's pass completion of 72.6% v Man City today is their lowest of the season in the first half.
Wayne Rooney hits home his and United's second goal.
City got off to an excellent start only for United to score against the run of play with their first attack. Since then the away side have stamped their authority on the game and got another goal for good measure. City are really going to have to come out fighting if they want to get a result here.
And there goes the half-time whistle.
Barry plays a ball back into his own box that no player seems to want. Nastasic finally attempts to clear but he gets it all wrong and boots it up into the air. The City crowd are far from impressed.
Two minutes of added time to be played.
Balotelli tries to play in Aguero into the box. The Argentine goes down under pressure from Ferdinand but no foul given.
City go close through Barry who sends a shot from the edge of the box wide after being set up by Balotelli. Should really have hit the target there.
Van Persie picks up the ball on the edge of the City box and attempts a shot at goal but Kolo Toure does well to put his body in the way of the strike.
Rafael sends a ball into the City box but Nastasic heads clear.
Evra is down after a late tackle from Zabaleta. There have been plenty of feisty challenges flying in today.
Zabaleta nearly steals the ball off Young right outside the United box but he eventually ends up fouling his opponent.
Silva's corner is cleared only as far as Nasri. The Frenchman sends in a ball into the box but De Gea punches it away.
Zabaleta wins a corner off Young.
A goal for City before half time would be very useful to them. They do not look like finding it at the moment though.
Valencia and Van Persie play a neat one-two in the box but the winger is eventually offside. City are on the edge here.
De Gea comes out to catch Silva's free kick.
Evans goes in hard on Nasri. City win a free kick in a dangerous position.
Valencia does well to try to find Rooney from the right hand side but just as the striker is about to pull the trigger Nastasic gets the tackle in.
United are seeing most of the possession now. The tables have really turned.
City look stunned after that. They really need to find a goal now as United look so dangerous on the counter attack, and another goal for them and it could be all over.
Rooney does it again. Valencia plays in Rafael in space down the right who then picks out the striker in the middle of the box. Rooney hits it first time into the bottom corner. Hart no chance.
GOAL FOR UNITED. ROONEY.
Nasri sends a cross in from the right but United can clear only as far as Kolo Toure who blasts his effort well over the bar.
Wayne Rooney celebrates his opener.
Yaya Toure drives forward for City and knocks the ball past two United players and takes a tumble. The ref waves play on.
Valencia does well down the right before Clichy gets a block in on his cross to concede the corner.
United have seen a lot more of the possession over the last ten minutes. They look very dangerous on the counter attack.
Aguero does well to beat three or four United challenges before shooting but his final shot is poor and De Gea is able to make the save.
Van Persie plays a beautiful ball over the top to Young but Hart comes out fast and clears the danger.
Kompany comes off as Kolo Toure replaces him. The skipper is unable to play on due to a groin problem. A massive blow for City.
Cleverley spots Young in the box and plays a lovely pass but the winger's cross is poor and City clear the danger.
Kolo Toure looks like he is about to come on.
Balotelli turns after a lovely touch and plays the ball over the top to Nasri but the Frenchman is offside.
That goal came out of nowhere but that is what United can do. What have City got in reply now?
Against the run of play United score. Young comes forward and plays in Rooney in the box who beats Clichy and gets the shot away. He does not get much power on it but it rolls just inside the post and Hart can only look on.
Balotelli comes forward with a driving run and he tries to play in Aguero but the pass just falls short.
Evans is back onto the field.
Evans is down in pain after a late challenge from Balotelli. The striker gets away with a warning.
United finally come forward through Evra but Nastasic does very well to reclaim possession.
Silva sends it in but De Gea claims it easily.
Aguero does well to win a corner off Evra. Another chance for City.
United are really struggling to get hold of the ball here. City have been dominant.
Silva picks out Clichy with a superb pass. The full back manages to get the cross in and it falls to Balotelli but the striker cannot keep his volley down. Great move from City.
Young does well to stop Balotelli on the right and the ball goes out for the throw.
City still putting the pressure on United. The away side's defence is holding firm at the moment though.
City have started by far the brighter so far as they continue to probe their rivals.
Balotelli sends in the corner but it is Van Persie who heads clear.
Balotelli shoots from distance from the resulting free-kick. De Gea gets down low to tip round the post.
Clichy goes in rather hard on Valencia. Ref says play on. Ferdinand goes in hard on Aguero. Foul given. A very spicy affair here.
It is the tenth league meeting in this ground between the two sides.
Rooney with a late challenge on Yaya Toure. The fans don't like that. No card given.
Rooney plays in Rafael down the right but Clichy blocks the full back's cross.
City are knocking it around nicely at the moment and waiting patiently.
The City fans sound up for this one. Big time.
Aguero is down in pain, he looks OK though.
Evra sends a long ball over the top early but it goes out for a throw, much to the delight of the City fans.
And United get us underway...
The players are coming out of the tunnel now. We are just moments away from kick-off.
Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall soak up the atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium.
The last meeting between these two sides saw Vincent Kompany head home the only goal of the game back in April at the Etihad Stadium - a win that helped claw City back into the title race.
Today's referee is Martin Atkinson. Sir Alex Ferguson was furious with him after last season's loss to Chelsea and he was hit with a touchline ban for his protests.
Man Utd subs: Johnstone, Jones, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Scholes.
Man City subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Kolo Toure, Garcia, Tevez, Dzeko, Lescott.
United are still missing captain Nemanja Vidic, while Tom Cleverley shakes off an injury from midweek and Antonio Valencia makes his first start since November 17.
Roberto Mancini opts for Mario Balotelli over Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko.
Manchester United team: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Valencia, Rooney, Carrick, Young, RVP, Cleverley
Manchester City team: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany , Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Balotelli
But first we have some team news, and there may be a surprise or two...
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