Man United vs Man City - English Premier League Manchester Derby
Manchester United 4–3 Manchester City
13:30pm Saturday 20 September
Old Trafford (Att: 75272)
Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson (Man united), Mark Hughes (Man city)
Man of the match: Darren Fletcher (Manchester United)
- Manchester United: Rooney Goal 2', Fletcher Goal 49', 80' Owen Goal 90+6'
- Manchester City: Barry Goal 16', Bellamy Goal 52', 90'
- Assistant referees: Phil Sharp, David Richardson
- Fourth official: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)
The derby turned out to be a classic, with City's Craig Bellamy and United's Darren Fletcher playing main roles. Wayne Rooney gave United first blood after just a bit more than one minute, but Gareth Barry was able to equalise after a quarter of an hour. Midfielder Fletcher then entered the frame, scoring on 49 minutes. A quick equaliser from Bellamy made sure the scores were levelled after 52 minutes. With ten minutes remaining, Fletcher made it 3–2. The game was far from won for United, however, since Bellamy scored a dramatic equaliser on 90 minutes. However, lots of time was added on, and in the sixth additional minute, substitute Michael Owen struck 4–3 from close range to cap a remarkable derby.
Referee Martin Atkinson was criticised by Manchester City's manager Mark Hughes for bad time-keeping. The fourth official had signalled four minutes of additional time, but Michael Owen scored a 96th-minute goal. Atkinson was defended by former referee Graham Poll, himself considered one of England's greatest officials, who pointed out that during injury time itself there had been a goal celebration, a substitution and a delay caused by a fan on the pitch.