Manchester United V Manchester City 3–1
Manchester City´s search for their first major trophy since 1976 continues following their loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford yesterday. The Blues were 2–1 ahead from the first leg of the Carling Cup Semi Finals last week but a fine header from Wayne Rooney saw the hosts advance to the Football League Cup Final 4–3 on aggregate.
Although no goals were produced during the opening 45 minutes, the derby encounter was action packed right from the beginning. As the game went on Manchester United settled down and got into their stride. A mere seven minutes into the second period the home team went ahead as midfield orchestrator Paul Scholes scored his fourth goal of the campaign, brilliantly steering the ball into the net from some eighteen yards out. The goal was then followed by a long period of pressure from Manchester United and the red shirts looked to have sealed the tie when Michael Carrick slot his side into the lead in the 70th minute of the contest. Roberto Mancini´s Manchester City team managed to hit back just six minutes later, however, when controversial frontman Carlos Tevez scored after beating Rio Ferdinand to the ball and then flicking it past evergreen shot stopper Edwin van der Sar. The goal looked to have ensured extra time until a magnificent cross from previous Wales international Ryan Giggs found the ever dangerous Wayne Rooney who headed the ball into the back of the net from just six yards out. Shortly after the final whistle loudly proclaimed that Manchester City remain the poor relations of football. A wise man once said that if you want to annoy your neighbour, all you have to do is to tell the truth about him. How very true. Manchester United: Edwin van der Sar, Rio Ferdinand, Rafael da Silva, Jonny Evans, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes, Luis Nani, Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs. Substitutes: Wes Brown, Antonio Valencia.