The Manchester Derby - Review

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There have been some great matches this season , and this one was certainly the best so far.The best Manchester derby I have ever witnessed !

There were clouds of doubt lingering over city's attacking duo with Tevez and Ireland doubtful but both of them were not only declared fit to play but started the match. And the hosts for the night were playing a strong side too with Ryan Giggs , Anderson , Fletcher & Park in midfield and Rooney up front!

The match was barely into its second minute when city failed to respond to a quick Ryan Giggs throw in and Patrice Evra assisting Wayne Rooney for a beautiful finish . But the game had just barely started to give us any hint about the result . The game was on and Tevez was desperate to score one against his former club . With the comfort blanket of a second minute goal United were in the drivers seat until a calamitous moment of indecision from keeper Benjamin Foster gifted city an equaliser . Foster came off his line to deal with a harmless ball but Tevez was putting him under a lot of pressure who won the possession before passing it on for Gareth Barry who in turn finished quite nicely scoring his first goal for city . The goal was just the catalyst city wanted and drained United off their early fervor and ensured that the rest of the first half was played with an equal strength .

The match was in 4th minute of second half when Fletcher headed one into the net from a beautiful ball in by Giggs . It should have been the end of it with the Outstanding-as-usual Darren Fletcher's goal . But City were not going to give it away easily . It was Bellamy's sublime finish that put the two teams square . It was Tevez who laid off the ball to Bellamy scoring a 20- yard screamer out of the reach of Fosters big hands.

Manchester United were gaining momentum after City's equaliser forcing Given to save two headers off Dimitar Berbatov and One Shot from Ryan Giggs from a very deadly range , But even Given couldn't save the perfect header from Fletcher . 3-2 was the scoreline and the game was over as it seemed . Just until a dreadful lob from Rio Ferdinand was intercepted by Martin Petrov and passed it on to Bellamy who covered half the length of the pitch and outrun Ferdinand to put the ball past Foster second time and on a very tight angle .

After all the Drama the game was over , or was it ? Micheal Owen a Late substitute for United scored the winner from a sublime ball provided by Giggs . And Finally The referee blew the Final Whistle and one of the best derby matches we have ever witnessed came to an overwhelming end for United fans .

We have analysed the Actual Added Time :

In the 2nd half till 90 minutes there were 3 substitutions, 2 from United and 1 from City.
So 3 x 30 seconds = 1 min 30 seconds

There were 3 goals scored till 90 minutes of the game and if you consider the goal celebrations it will come out to be around 45 seconds for each of the goal.So add that comes to 3 x 45 seconds = 2 mins 15 seconds.

Add this two times it comes to 3 mins and 45 seconds.

For the fouls also the game is stopped which was given by the ref as 15 seconds which is VERY LESS for a Derby game, I am sure it was more. It should be MORE.

So now we got the 4 minutes of stoppage time. But something changed here and the ref has to consider that.

Bellamy scored City's 3rd on 89:55 The game does not restart until 91:01. 1 minute and 6 seconds have been wasted and will be added onto the original four minutes of added time, taking it to at least 95:06 Michael Carrick was brought on to replace Anderson. All substitutions add 30 seconds onto added time, taking it to 95: 36 Owen scored the winner on 95:28, meaning the game was still 8 seconds within added time.

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  1. It certainly was a great game, and one that will live long in the memory.

    I back Michael Owen to go on a scoring run now that he's got his first at Old Trafford, and will possibly start tonight against Wolves in the Carling Cup.

    I still think the League will be won by Chelsea this year though.