Manchester United vs Manchester City: H2H, Manchester Derby Rivalry, Watch Live & More
The rivalry between Manchester United and Manchester City dates back to the 1880s and is one of the most fiercely contested in world football.
However, that was not always the case, with early meetings between the two sides lacking the intensity of those in the modern era.
The rivalry ramped up during the 1970s, laying the foundations for the Manchester derby to become the passionate affair that exists today.
We take a closer look at Man United vs Man City including the H2H (stats correct – October 27, 2023), how to watch the Premier League live, the history of the Manchester derby and more.
Man United vs Man City H2H
The two sides have faced each other 190 times in competitive matches, with United winning 78, City 59 and 53 finishing as draws.
United dominate City in terms of major honours won, lifting 46 trophies to City’s 27. Their tally includes 20 league titles and three European Cup/Champions League successes.
Notable Man United vs Man City Results
- Manchester United 0-1 Manchester City – First Division – April 1974
- Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City – Premier League – September 2009
- Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United – Premier League – November 1993
- Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City – Premier League – October 2011
- Manchester City 5-1 Manchester United – First Division – September 1989
- Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United – Premier Division – December 2012
- Manchester City 3-3 Manchester United – First Division – October 1990
- Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United – Premier League – November 2002
Man United vs Man City Live Streams
Sky Sports is the best place to watch Premier League matches, with live streams available to subscribers via the Sky Go app on either desktop or mobile.
If you don’t have a subscription, fans can take advantage of the flexible option of daily or monthly passes through NOW TV.
There are loads of other streaming platforms that cover live EPL games, but you will need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to gain access.
One of the best services is Express VPN, which can be downloaded to various devices including Android, iOS, Fire TV, PC, Mac and smart TVs.
Manchester Derby History
The Manchester derby was born in November 1881 when the two teams who were the forerunners to the current incarnations met each other.
St Mark’s (West Gorton) were beaten 3-0 by Newton Heath LYR, giving the red half of Manchester victory in what was a fairly nondescript fixture.
The two clubs subsequently coexisted reasonably well, with many fans in Manchester watching City play one week and United the next.
Things began to change after World War II, with a stronger rivalry developing that eventually exploded during the 1970s.
United gradually became the dominant force in the rivalry and went on to hammer home their superiority when the Premier League was launched.
While United were winning trophies for fun, City suffered the embarrassment of falling into the third tier before battling back to the top flight.
Their fortunes have fluctuated during the 21st century, with United largely holding the upper hand until City were taken over by wealthy Abu Dhabi owners.
City have since powered clear of United, establishing themselves as the top club in the Premier League over the past few years.
Man United vs Man City Controversies
As befits a football rivalry between two of the biggest clubs in the world, the Manchester derby has witnessed numerous controversial moments.
In December 1970, a tackle by United’s George Best broke Glyn Pardoe’s leg – an incident that nearly resulted in amputation for the City defender.
The first derby of the 1973/74 season saw Lou Macari and Mike Doyle refuse to leave the pitch after being sent off at Maine Road.
The referee took both teams off the pitch, and they did not return until the two players finally accepted their respective dismissals.
The end of that season witnessed one of the most iconic Manchester derby moments when United legend Denis Law scored the winning goal for City against his former team.
The back-heeled effort ultimately relegated United to the second tier, although they bounced back in style by winning promotion the following year.
April 2001 saw Roy Keane settle his long-running feud with Alfie Haaland by levelling the City midfielder with a reckless challenge.
Haaland had previously accused Keane of feigning injury after he ruptured his cruciate ligament in a clash between the Red Devils and Leeds United at Elland Road.
Keane later admitted in his autobiography that his act of revenge was premeditated. He was hit with a five-match ban and a £150,000 fine for his trouble.
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