A local bragging rights decider, a case of what might have been for City, a statement of intent for next season, confirmation of United’s title triumph…
This thrilling Old Trafford derby had plenty of sub-plots if not the edge of the seat, winner-takes-all feel of the Etihad showdown towards the end of last season.
United’s 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League and Roberto Mancini’s early concession of the crown, meant the more visceral intensity of the evening’s festivities at Old Trafford was not so much in evidence – at least until the Blues twice took the lead!
These two sides are, according to the formbook and the league table for the past two seasons, the best teams in English football and with the eyes of the nation upon them for ninety minutes both wanted to come out on top in the arm wrestle.Read full match report
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