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Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Giggs. Free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.
Chris Smalling fouled by Joleon Lescott, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Darren Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Booking for Ryan Giggs for unsporting behaviour. Carlos Tevez fouled by Ryan Giggs, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by David Silva, Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Edwin Van der Sar. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrice Evra. Nemanja Vidic takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva played to the near post, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
Shaun Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Nemanja Vidic gets a block in.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya challenges Patrice Evra unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luis Nani restarts play with the free kick.
Edin Dzeko produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
Long distance shot from Gnegneri Toure Yaya misses to the left of the goal.
Paul Scholes leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Carrick.
Wayne Rooney gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Man Utd 2-1 Man City.Luis Nani provided the assist for the goal.
Luis Nani produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Pablo Zabaleta. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Joleon Lescott gets a block in.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Edin Dzeko. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, save by Joe Hart.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Carlos Tevez. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Scholes booked. Oliveira Anderson goes off and Dimitar Berbatov comes on. Unfair challenge on Micah Richards by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. David Silva takes the free kick.
David Silva finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-1 Man City.Assist by Edin Dzeko.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. David Silva gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Edin Dzeko results in a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Edin Dzeko coming on for James Milner. Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Patrice Evra results in a free kick. Vincent Kompany takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Paul Scholes by Carlos Tevez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Luis Nani has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
David Silva takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by James Milner from the right by-line, Micah Richards takes a shot. Clearance made by Wayne Rooney.
Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on in place of Aleksandar Kolarov. Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Joleon Lescott takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.
Gareth Barry challenges Darren Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. John O'Shea takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Wayne Rooney. Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Luis Nani is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
Unfair challenge on Oliveira Anderson by Gareth Barry results in a free kick. Oliveira Anderson takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Ryan Giggs from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Carlos Tevez fouled by Nemanja Vidic, the ref awards a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes the free kick.
Luis Nani challenges Aleksandar Kolarov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Barry restarts play with the free kick.
James Milner is given a yellow card. Wayne Rooney fouled by James Milner, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
A goal is scored by Luis Nani from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man Utd 1-0 Man City.Assist by Ryan Giggs.
Unfair challenge on Chris Smalling by Aleksandar Kolarov results in a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by David Silva, Darren Fletcher manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by James Milner.
Corner taken right-footed by James Milner, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
David Silva takes a shot. Patrice Evra gets a block in.
Effort on goal by Luis Nani from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart.
Foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Luis Nani, free kick awarded. John O'Shea takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Aleksandar Kolarov from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
David Silva is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scholes.
The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, James Milner manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, clearance by Micah Richards.
Centre by Luis Nani.
Unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya by Oliveira Anderson results in a free kick. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
John O'Shea concedes a free kick for a foul on Joleon Lescott. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Vincent Kompany is shown a yellow card. Darren Fletcher challenges Aleksandar Kolarov unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov played to the near post, clearance by Luis Nani.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Aleksandar Kolarov. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
Pablo Zabaleta fouled by John O'Shea, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, Gnegneri Toure Yaya has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by John O'Shea. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line.
Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.
Short corner taken by Luis Nani.
Close range effort by David Silva goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Carlos Tevez. Direct free kick taken by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Gareth Barry challenges Luis Nani unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Oliveira Anderson.
Centre by Luis Nani, Joe Hart makes a save.
Corner from right by-line taken by Ryan Giggs.
United duo to miss derby
Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans will both miss the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand has not recovered from the calf injury he sustained in the warm-up ahead of Manchester United's shock defeat at Wolves last week.
Evans played in that game but missed Northern Ireland's hammering by Scotland on Wednesday with an ankle injury and is still sidelined.
"Rio Ferdinand got a calf injury last week. He will be out for a couple of weeks," confirmed Sir Alex Ferguson.
"Jonny Evans was injured in training with Northern Ireland. He is out so Chris Smalling will play. I am sure he will do well."
Ferguson has admitted there will be "no secrets" to be unveiled by either side.
United know victory would almost certainly end their neighbours' lingering Premier League title hopes.
However, a second away win in four years would leave the Blues trailing Ferguson's side by just two points and knowing they face a hazardous run-in, which includes matches against Liverpool and Arsenal, and champions Chelsea to face twice.
"I have a good idea of their team, they have a good idea of ours," said Ferguson.
"There are no secrets. Absolutely none. The video analysis gives you new detail in terms of preparation for games.
"When we come to analyse our opponents, we have a fair idea of who will play, and it is the same for them."
Although there is huge anticipation within the city itself about a game that is getting more significant by the year, Ferguson has opted not to fan any flames.
He is wary of hitting the headlines in the manner he did before the previous game between the two sides in November, when he took exception to the manner in which comments about City were reported, and promptly ceased speaking to the media for five weeks.
Yet the hype this time around does not appear to contain the same fire, possibly due to the international fixtures in midweek, which have acted as a magnet for attention.
"Maybe the internationals have not been a bad thing," he said.
"It has taken away a bit of focus from the game.
"As far as the clubs are concerned, it doesn't really matter how much hype there is. We have to perform on the pitch."
City midfielder Nigel De Jong is doubtful because of an ankle injury.
However defender Micah Richards has recovered from a similar problem and comes into contention.
Striker Mario Balotelli could return after a four-week absence with a knee injury which followed his hat-trick against Aston Villa.
Rooney stunner sinks City
Wayne Rooney proved the old adage that form is temporary and class is permanent as he scored a sensational overhead kick to give Manchester United the derby-day spoils with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
For over 10 months now, there have been major question marks over United's talisman.
Even following England's victory over Denmark in midweek, Fabio Capello was quizzed about whether he would consider dropping the 25-year-old, who had scored five goals all season for United prior to today.
How can that be contemplated? How can what Rooney achieved here be ignored? How many players could watch Nani's floated 77th-minute cross, then leap to send the ball flying past Joe Hart, the City goalkeeper rooted to the spot, lost in admiration for a goal that sent United eight points clear of their local rivals.
It was tough luck on City, who were the better side, and responded to Nani's opener by levelling through an Edin Dzeko shot which deflected in off David Silva.
But Rooney's moment of genius was worthy of winning any game, and with City surely out of the running now, maybe it will win United the Premier League title too.
Attempts from both sides to avoid inflaming what was always going to be a volatile atmosphere, even before City's startling rise up the Premier League, were breached only by a member of the Blues groundstaff, who used a social networking site to post some pretty ugly comments and also the stadium announcer, who repeatedly welcomed supporters to the "greatest football club in the world".
A goalless meeting between the sides in November had prompted complaints of negativity towards Blues boss Roberto Mancini, a feeling a similarly tepid encounter with Arsenal last month only reinforced.
Faced with a table that showed his team five points in arrears of their neighbours, having played a game more, this was the point of no return for City though - and Mancini went for it.
City should have been ahead after only three minutes.
Silva started an intricate move that also involved Micah Richards before Carlos Tevez threaded a brilliant pass through to the Spain international, leaving him completely clear deep inside the penalty area.
Edwin van der Sar advanced quickly, forcing Silva to make an instant decision, the former Valencia star turning in anguish as his delicate prod rolled just wide of the far post.
Even at that early stage, Mancini must have wondered whether another such opportunity would come.
Yaya Toure and Aleksandar Kolarov both went close as the visitors continued to press. But City could not get a clear sight of the United goal.
Not that their hosts were doing much in return.
It took them almost 35 minutes to force Hart into a meaningful save, Darren Fletcher climbing to reach Ryan Giggs' curling cross and though the Scot's header was firm enough, it lacked power.
Nani had been a peripheral figure up to that point. He did serve notice of his intentions shortly afterwards though as he fired over from the edge of the area.
Having done so well, City would have been cursing at the manner in which they were opened up.
One long ball from Van der Sar, which Rooney flicked on to Giggs. A neat pass from the Welshman and Nani was in, his first touch taking him away from Pablo Zabaleta before he steadied himself, then beat Hart with clinical ease.
City must have spent the interval cursing at the injustice of it all.
They were the ones who continued to press after the restart, although it was not until Mancini had called Shaun Wright-Phillips and Dzeko off the bench that they got their equaliser.
Even Mancini would admit it took his side a huge slice of luck to drag themselves back into it, with the substitutes combining at the start.
Dzeko's shot from Wright-Phillips' cross was going well wide of the goal when it struck Silva on the back, the deflection leaving Van der Sar totally helpless.
It looked like City would grab a winner, with Dzeko causing huge problems inside the United area.
But the inspirational figure was wearing red. For so long now, there have been questions about Rooney's form.
There can be none now, not after he met Nani's cross with a jaw-dropping overhead kick that sent the ball into the far corner, Hart rooted to the spot.
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