21 September 2009

Powerful United clinch a pulsating derby



Manchester United fans hold a large banner in the stands
One-nil: Wayne Rooney opens the scoring in just the second minute
Foster looked shaky throughout the match
The man in blue: Carlos Tevez in action
City's key striker
injured and in the stands
Anderson and Tevez battle for the ball
Tevez holds his head in his hands after hitting the post with a shot on goal
Fletcher scores his second goal of the goal
Rio made a terrible mistake as he chipped to Bellamy who was right in front of him and equalised 3-3 at the 90th minute! Rightly so, he feels dejected.
Two good: Craig Bellamy after his second goal
Tevez showing his frustration
Owen celebrates victory after the final whistle
Michael Owen celebrates with his team mates after scoring a 96th minute goal and seal the Derby for United!!
What a sight to watch! Michael Owen scoring the most important goal of his life so far at Old Trafford!


Manchester United's relentlessness broke Manchester City, but only in the sixth minute of unexpectedly extended stoppage time as Michael Owen made his first major impact for the club. Ryan Giggs put him clear and the low finish was exemplary. The visitors had no time left to seek a fourth equaliser. They had been intrepid.

United made a spectacular start. They struck after less than two minutes when Wayne Rooney ran on to a ball from Patrice Evra, danced between Kolo Toure and De Jong and guided his shot past Shay Given.

Carlos Tévez, back at his old club, and others showed substance for City. The expenditure has been studies exhaustively, but there was worth of another sort here. They had not bee discouraged by the loss of a goal in the second minute.

But then came the turning point, when Ben Foster just about ended any hope of becoming England's keeper, when he failed to make a simple clearance, allowed Tevez to tackle him and looked on in horror as his former team-mate played the ball into the path of Barry to convert an easy 16th-minute equaliser.

The first leveller saw Foster trying to take a loose City pass back into his area instead of thumping it into the stands. Tévez, however, attempted a tackle. The goalkeeper could not grasp the ball cleanly and City's terrier of a forward knocked it into the path of Gareth Barry, who rolled the ball home calmly.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was relieved to beat Manchester City at Old Trafford this afternoon, but stated that the 'power' of his team was decisive. Michael Owen believes he proved his dedication to Manchester United with his dramatic last-gasp winner against Manchester City at Old Trafford.


FOSTER- 4 - Shocking mistake for the first equaliser as he was caught in two minds. Was shaky throughout and Sir Alex Ferguson must have worries about his bottle for the big occasion.

O'SHEA- 6 - Reasonable showing. Didn't stand out on the ball or off it.

VIDIC - 6 - Not a great deal for him to do. Cut down Wright-Phillips when he was through on goal to get himself in the referee's notepad.

FERDINAND - 4 - Unbelievable mistake for Bellamy's second goal. How a man of his experience could do such a thing is remarkable.

EVRA- 7 - Pounced on Richards for the opening goal and was rarely turned by Wright-Phillips.

PARK- 6 - Started off brightly but failed to build on it. Never troubled Bridge and was understandably taken off.

ANDERSON- 6 - Decent showing from the Brazilian, but his manager will not have been happy with his failure to track Barry's run for the leveller.

FLETCHER- 9 - COMBINED MAN OF THE MATCH -Ghosted in to force the second goal and nodded in the winner as he charged past a dumbstruck Toure. Stood up well to the compact challenge posed by City's midfield.

GIGGS- 9 - COMBINED MAN OF THE MATCH- His lack of pace was countered by Richards but used his outstanding technique to glide past him. Showed his class to set up Fletcher and played the pass of the match for the winner.

ROONEY - 8 - Was too sharp for City as he got the champions off to the best possible start. Gave the visiting backline a tough time as they failed to stamp out his influence.

BERBATOV - 7 - Linked up well with Rooney and was caught in a personal battle with Given to find the back of the net.


OWEN- 8 - What a way to break your Old Trafford duck. Stole the headlines with his late shot past Given, that moment alone re-pays Ferguson's faith.


VALENCIA- 6 - A more dynamic option than Park, he helped the Red tide gain momentum in the second half.


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