Full-time - 90'
1 - 0
19:00 +00:00, April 30, 2012
Oasis is playing out over the speakers at the Etihad. The blue half of Manchester is in full-on party-mode.
That first-half goal from Vincent Kompany wins it then. The fans are loving this.
FULL TIME Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United
Joe Hart is down. The five minutes are up, but there have been several stoppages.
Poor. Cleared for a throw-in.
Corner to Man Utd. Won off Zabaleta.
Very, very scrappy now. What is going to happen?
Milner replaces Samir Nasri
City keeping possession and taking their time about restarts. The clock is ticking.
Five minutes to be added...
Chance for Nasri in front of the United goal. He beats one and tries another, but should just shoot
Chance for Valencia to cross, but its overhit. City counter.
Great save from David De Gea denies Clichy from the edge of the area. How can United respond?
United sloppy when given the opportunity to counter. Time is running out and they know it.
City taking their time about everything now and they have a free-kick in the corner.
Nasri looks to run down the clock in the corner. He wins a throw-in from Ferdinand in the end.
Swung in too high for Danny Welbeck and Gareth Barry clears
Free-kick to Man Utd on the left-flank. Ashley Young to take.
Young replaces Nani for United
Richards replaces David Silva
Yaya Toure runs at Ferdinand and the England man is backing-off. Toure takes it on his left-foot, but wide.
Attack comes to an end as Rooney concedes a free-kick for a high-boot.
United attack down the left with Nani. Zabaleta stands strong this time.
Valencia on for Scholes
Carrick now catches Gareth Barry late
Aguero adventures forward by himself and shoots into the side-netting. Ambitious.
Ferguson and Mancini square-up on the touchline. Words exchanged.
De Jong booked for a tackle from behind on Welbeck.
Aguero looks to roll Smalling and get away a shot, defended well by the United man.
Bit of niggle between Scholes and Yaya Toure. Toure appealing for the United man to be booked.
Man City really attempting to take the sting out of proceedings now. United eager to keep up the intensity.
Clever play from Man Utd in attack, but once more Kompany is in the right place. Toure leads the counter forward and shoots powerfully, low and wide of the near post.
Play back underway and Barry is ok. Twenty minutes remaining
Phil Jones booked for a tackle on Gareth Barry.
Extraordinary calmness from Clichy. Giggs whips in a cross and Clichy calmly chests back to Joe Hart.
De Jong replaces Tevez
All United since the introduction of Welbeck. The Red Devils have upped their game.
Almighty battle in midfield with Rooney and Tevez involved. High-intensity stuff now.
Concerted spell of possession for United. Jones crosses from the right again, overhit this time.
Corner cleared to back-post. Rooney clips it back in and Kompany clears once more.
Corner to Man Utd. Jones cross from the right and Lescott beats Welbeck to the ball at the front-post.
United calming the play down again. Scholes central to the game now.
The attack continues and Yaya Toure gets the ball on the left, firing a cross low into the area. Scrambled clear.
Free-kick headed clear by Smalling at the near post.
Free-kick given to Man City on the right flank. Evra catching Zabaleta in the air.
Welbeck has added a bit of impetus to the attack. Winning a couple of balls in the air ahead of his markers.
Welbeck for Park
Evra rises to clear. Nasri looks to get in a shot from the edge of the box. Poor.
City counter as United lose the ball. Corner won as Zabaleta plays the ball off Smalling.
Tevez finds space and looks to play in Aguero. Smalling is quick to get across and clear.
City in possession and playing the ball back to Joe Hart. United still pressuring well.
Danny Welbeck warming-up on the sidelines.
United look to get forward now and Kompany gets in to rob Park and clear.
Yaya Toure booked for dissent.
Nice play from City in midfield. No way through though.
The ball flies across the face of goal and Lescott looks to have lost Ferdinand, but the ball is too high.
Corner to Man City. They attack with their Argentine trio and Zabaleta wins a corner off Evra.
Ambitious left-footed effort from Nani. Hart catches, but fumbles behind for a corner. United take it short, but poorly.
Hart comes flapping at it with Rooney free behind him. The smallest of touches puts the ball out for a second corner, which is cleared.
Lescott out quickly to block Nani's cross. Corner to Man Utd.
Long period of United possession as they look to get a foot-hold in the game.
Man Utd were sent out very early for the second-half. They no doubt got a rocket from the boss at half-time.
SECOND HALF underway
Will Ferguson turn to his subs bench? Valencia would be an obvious choice.
Vincent Kompany heads City into the lead
Manchester United's tactics undone by some horrific marking from a corner. We will now see what they are made of.
Will that goal be decisive or are there more twists to come in this game?
HALF TIME Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United
GOAL Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United Kompany with the head!!! Corner crossed in by David Silva, but Kompany rises high above Smalling and heads home.
Two minutes added time... Second corner to City
Corner to Man City. Patient attacking move comes to Zabaleta and Evra blocks the cross behind
City looking to find a ball through the defence. Nine United players forming a red wall around the box though.
Nasri crosses from the right, but easily cleared by Phil Jones once more.
Clever corner. Short to Park who fires high over the bar. Opportunity there for the untracked Korean. Wake up call for City.
Nani crosses from the right finding Rooney at the back-post. The England man pulls it back to Giggs who wins a corner.
City counter and briefly have a 3-on-3, but the ball comes to Aguero who attempts too much. Goal-kick.
United need to steady themselves. City getting into a rhythm.
Long-spell of City possession around the area. Jones eventually cuts out a cross looking for Tevez.
City pushing men forward now and Zabaleta gets a shot away. Poor effort straight to De Gea though.
Half-chance for Aguero in the area as Nasri finds the Argentine. Ferdinand is in attendance and the Argentine shoots wide.
Tevez now flies in for a tackle with Phil Jones. Rooney now unimpressed with the refereeing.
Tevez annoyed as a free-kick is given for a push on Carrick. He had a little kick at the United man also. Tempers rising.
Park and Jones combine on the United right-flank. Clichy though wins a goal-kick for his side.
Break in play as a free-kick is given for a foul on Rooney. Here we go again. The game continues at break-neck speed.
Good spell for City. Couple of chances to cross in the ball, but dealt with by the United defence. Just!
Nasri gets past Evra down the United left. Crossed low, but Ferdinand clears.
United winning the loose balls in midfield again now. Doing well in the centre.
Clichy is hassled in the corner by Park Ji Sung. The Korean does well and looks to win a corner, but the ball runs for a goal-kick.
The sun is setting quickly now and there is a little break in play. Goal-kick to United.
Rooney clears the corner, but the wind catches the ball and blows it back into danger. Lescott heads down to Aguero, but his attempted volley is high and wide.
Another corner to City. Clichy bursts past Nani on the left and finds Aguero. The Argentine is surrounded but wins a corner.
Evra half clears the corner. Kompany is underneath it, but under-pressure. Headed for a goal-kick.
City cross from the left, cleared by Patrice Evra. Zabaleta crosses from the right, headed out for a corner.
City fans at Eastlands hold up a sign highlighting the significance of the match
Kompany for a late tackle on Rooney in that last attack. Pressure for the captain now.
Quick counter from Man Utd. Nani on the right finds Giggs on the opposite flank, but his low cross is intercepted by Yaya Toure
Nasri looks to feed a ball in to his strikers again, but Scholes slots-in well to intercept and relieve the pressure.
Good period now for the team in light blue. They are coming back into it after United's bright start.
Tevez gets behind the defence on the right after good play by Nasri. Phil Jones does well to clear as the ball is drilled across.
City have their first longer spell of possession. United are packing the midfield and hassling well though.
Neither team creating much in the way of opportunities. Intriguing so far.
Free-kick to United now in midfield. Zabaleta slides in on Rooney. Taken short.
United are pressuring Man City high up the pitch and forcing mistakes out of the hosts. Nerves adding to the errors, no doubt.
Free-kick near the centre-circle to Man City. Handball by Paul Scholes. Chance to put the ball into the box. Turned down though.
Nani gets a bit ahead of himself, targetting a goal from 30 yards. Well over the bar though.
Nani takes. Cleared by Kompany at the front-post. Ball back in from Rooney towards Smalling, header blocked once more.
Another corner to Man Utd. Decent attack fizzles out and Evra wins a corner off Pablo Zabaleta.
Couple of sloppy passes in midfield disrupts the flow of the game a little.
Corner is cleared well by Rio Ferdinand at the front-post. Did brilliantly to get in first.
Corner to Man City. Shot deflected behind.
Nani looks to counter for United, but Lescott sweeps up. Had looked dangerous for a few moments.
Now Clichy overlaps down the City left, but his ball is too high for Tevez in the area.
Phil Jones overlaps from right-back and hangs a cross into the area. Wayne Rooney looks to get on the end of it, but Hart rises high to claim.
A few nerves from Man City. Giving the ball away too easily. They need to settle down here.
Corner isn't dealt with by Joe Hart and the ball falls to Michael Carrick who fires a shot at goal. Appeals for hand-ball, rightfully not given.
Straight away Paul Scholes is busy in midfield. Corner to Man Utd as Patrice Evra gets down the left and his cross is blocked.
KICK OFF We are under-way!
Who is going to claim the three points? Lets find out over the next ninety minutes.
The hype is coming to an end and the action will start. This is the big one!
Both sides are in the tunnel. Patrice Evra looks focused, Kompany is calmly sipping water. This is it!
Under ten minutes now... The excitement is building and inside the dressing-rooms, no doubt, the nerves will be rising too.
It seems El Diego is at the Etihad tonight. Maradona, Balotelli and Tevez under one roof - anything could happen!
Sir Alex Ferguson pre-match: "We're going out to win tonight, I've never gone for a draw in my life.
Is this the biggest match in the history of the Premier League? A derby fixture that could decide the outcome of the title with just two games remaining. Hard to argue against that
Some fans aren't happy with 'negative' tactics from Alex Ferguson and the absence of Antonio Valencia. He is not often wrong though
Anything other than a defeat will see Manchester United remain in pole position for the title. Can Man City grab all three points?
If that's not your thing, then continue your build-up with Robin Hackett's First XI of title clashes - Read
Read Jonathan Carter's Rewind to 1937 when the two club's enjoyed contrasting fortunes in the football league - Read
Man City Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, De Jong, Balotelli.
Man Utd Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Hernandez, Young, Welbeck, Rafael Da Silva, Valencia.
Forty minutes until kick-off. Big news for Manchester City is that Mario Balotelli misses out on the derby despite returning from his latest suspension.
Manchester City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Barry; Silva, Nasri; Tevez, Aguero.
No Rafael, Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck or Antonio Valencia for Alex Ferguson's side. Ryan Giggs, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Park Ji-Sung come into the side.
Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra; Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs, Park; Rooney
Ahead of kick-off, why not read Dale Johnson's preview of the big match here
Park set to start for Man Utd
Early talk is that Wayne Rooney will feature in a lone striking-role, with Park Ji-Sung coming into a five-man midfield.
Follow the Manchester derby live on ESPNsoccernet Gamecast from 20.00BST, as City host United in a potential title decider.
Nigel De Jong
Nigel De Jong
David De Gea