Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Manchester United 4-3 Manchester City Match Photos 09/21/09

Michael Owen's winning goal deep into stoppage time gave Manchester United a dramatic victory in a classic derby encounter at Old Trafford.

Owen, on as a substitute for Dimitar Berbatov, pounced in trademark fashion to beat Manchester City's defiant goalkeeper Shay Given and provoke hugely contrasting emotions in the technical area. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson set off on an impromptu wild dance along the touchline - while City counterpart Mark Hughes immediately demanded to know how the decisive moment of a thrilling game could come almost six minutes into four minutes of stoppage time.

Wayne Rooney put United ahead after two minutes, but City swiftly restored equality when Tevez took advantage of Ben Foster's hesitation to provide the opportunity for Gareth Barry's equalizer. Darren Fletcher restored United's lead with a header just after half-time, but Bellamy ensured parity quickly returned with a thunderous 25-yard effort. United mounted ceaseless pressure and only the efforts of keeper Given kept them at bay as he defied Berbatov twice and the truly outstanding Ryan Giggs.

Fletcher looked to have finally confirmed the three points for United with another header 10 minutes from time, but as Ferguson moved to the touchline and ordered his side to nail down the win, a moment of madness from defender Rio Ferdinand looked to have thrown away two points.

He gifted possession to City substitute Martin Petrov, who sent Bellamy away to beat a poorly-positioned Foster to score. Craig Bellamy looked to have earned City an unlikely point as they came from behind for the third time to level only seconds before the end of the 90 minutes.

1-0 Wayne Rooney 2"

1-1 Gareth Barry 16"

2-1 Darren Fletcher 49"

2-2 Craig Bellamy 52"

3-2 Darren Fletcher 80"

Craig Bellamy 90"

4-3 Michael Owen 90+6"


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NZ said...

Go Man!