United Take City In 157th Manchester Derby


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The top two goal-scorers in the English Premier League tangle as Bulgaria international striker DIMITAR BERATOV (9) of Manchester United, who leads the entire circuit with 19 goals, watches Manchester City’s Argentina World Cup attacker CARLOS TEVEZ, scorer of 18 goals in the league this campaign, stumble on the ball during the 157th Manchester Derby at Old Trafford. (Jon Super/AP)
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A sensational as well as memorable overhead bicycle kick goal from England World Cup striker WAYNE ROONEY a dozen minutes from time settled the 157th Manchester Derby in dramatic fashion as MANCHESTER UNITED defeated cross-town rival MANCHESTER CITY 2-1 to maintain their leadership in the Premier League.

Portugal international NANI, who was sold by CP Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United for the transfer free of 25.5 million Euros (about 21.6 million English pounds) in June of 2007, had put the Red Devils ahead shortly before the halftime break. The 24-year-old winger accepted a smooth pass from the ageless Wales international midfielder RYAN GIGGS and calmly slotted past Manchester City’s England international goalkeeper JOE HART in the 41st minute. The infulential Nani, who also boasts 10 assists this season, now counts nine goals in the English top flight for Manchester United this term.

On the hour mark, Manchester City’s Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI sent on Bosnia / Herzegovina international striker EDIN DZEKO, the recent purchase of 27.0 million English pounds from German Bundesliga club Vfl Wolfsburg, in an attempt to even the score. The move paid dividends when Dzeko’s shot deflected off the back of Spain World Cup winger DAVID SILVA and past Manchester United’s veteran Holland international goalkeeper EDWIN VAN DER SAR. Though big-money acquisition has still yet to score a goal after five games now for his new employers, Manchester City were level nevertheless.

And so, with a cross from Nani, it was left for a resurgent Rooney to score a truly astonishing and brilliant goal that surely must rank amongst the greatest strikes of all-time in the history of football anywhere across the globe.

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Wales international midfielder GARETH BARRY of Manchester City climbs the back of Manchester United’s Brazil international midfielder ANDERSON (8) during the closely-contested 157th Manchester Derby at Old Trafford in the northwest of England. (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)
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MANCHESTER UNITED : van der Sar – Evra, Vidic, Smalling, O’Shea – Giggs, Anderson (Berbatov 67′), Scholes (Carrick 79′), Fletcher, Nani – Rooney

MANCHESTER CITY : Hart – Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Richards – Silva, Kolarov (Wright-Phillips 53′), Y. Toure, Barry, Milner (Dzeko 60′) – Tevez

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(Darren Staples/Reuters)
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(Darren Staples/Reuters)
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(Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Jon Super/AP)
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(Darren Staples/Reuters)

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