Sunday, September 20, 2009

United 4 - 3 City

UNITED striker Michael Owen snatched an incredible victory deep into stoppage time in one of the most memorable derbies of all time.

Wayne Rooney scored early for United but Ben Foster gifted City an equaliser through Gareth Barry.

Darren Fletcher and Craig Bellamy then traded goals to take the score up to 3-3 before substitute Owen's remarkable strike.

In the fifth minute of stoppage-time, when England’s fourth highest scorer had been shunted so far down the list of talking points he was not even worth a mention, the substitute strode onto Ryan Giggs’ precise pass, looked up and calmly found the bottom right corner.

Sir Alex Ferguson danced, City boss Mark Hughes looked punch drunk. One of the most eagerly awaited Manchester derbies had become one of the most dramatic.

Hughes was sick, angrily asking how referee Martin Atkinson had managed to come up with so much additional time. He, more than anyone, knows what United can do with it.

It left the rest rather superfluous.

United caught City cold early on with a quick throw in releasing Rooney in the box, and after a smart swivel of the hips he created room to score.

Carlos Tevez, who started for City, then stung his old club.

The ball was bouncing into no-mans land but Foster clearly felt it would eventually run into the area.

Eventually, Foster realised more urgent action was required as Tevez stormed in, just as he should have expected.

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