Manchester United stormed into a 0-2 lead, City got it back to 2-2, then United pinched the win very late on.
Roberto Mancini went with Mario Balotelli upfront rather than Carlos Tevez – the rest of his side was as expected.
Antonio Valencia was surprisingly declared fit, so Sir Alex Ferguson chose the same XI he selected in United’s most comparable fixture this season, the 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge in October.
In one sense United were fortunate to win the match because of the manner of their late winner, in another they were unfortunate not to be 3-0 up earlier in the second half. In a match of contrasting approaches, United carried out theirs more effectively. Read more »