The Manchester Derby!
Manchester City vs. Manchester United – Premier League
Professional football lives from its rivalries. Most teams have this one game of the season, which is simply more important than any other game. Most of them are city derbies and we have already examined a few city duels in our derby guide and had to find out that social, cultural and religious aspects are very often taken up and are representative of the respective milieus in the football derby.
There are some notable derbies, especially in the mother country of football. The first thing to think of is of course the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, but also in London the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham is a very spectacular event (and can be arranged before the derby between Arsenal and Chelsea). But the Manchester Derby has also gained immense importance, especially in recent years, since Manchester City has been a top international club. Nevertheless, the history of the two teams from Manchester goes much further back into the past and of course we want to shed light on them!
Manchester United is a real pioneer in England in terms of merchandising, marketing and profitability. Through international networks, Asia, Arabia, America and South America were the first top European team to conquer other markets. Manchester City, on the other hand, has been overshadowed by United throughout the club’s history and was therefore regarded as a popular figure in the Derbies across England. But since Manchester City became an investor association, United’s former little brother has lost a lot of sympathy in the country – the role of the underdog has long since ceased to be. Nevertheless, this derby is very traditional and both teams are now competing on an equal footing for the dominance of the city, with the “Citizens” even slightly preferred in recent years. The Manchester Derby should not be missing in our Derby Guide!
Manchester City vs. Manchester United history
When it was founded, Manchester City was still called West Gorton Saint Marks. It was not until 1894 that the current name was adopted, and the old-fashioned name was chosen at the founding meeting in 1880. The Citizens were inferior to Manchester United throughout the club’s history. The first championship in England was celebrated in 1937, around 57 years after the club was founded. The second title was won in the golden era in the 1960s, more precisely in 1968. However, the title wins were more like the flies of English football. Only in recent years has Manchester City maintained its top level long-term, so that title wins number three and four followed in 2012 and 2014.
However, the only international cup was won in 1970 at the Cup Winners’ Cup competition. Manchester City defeated Schalke 04 in the semi-finals and Gornik Zabrze from Poland 2-1 in the final. In contrast to Manchester United, you hardly played a role in English football for decades and at times you even relegated to the third division. In 1999 Manchester City last played in the 3rd division, but then managed to advance to the Premier League. From 2002 onwards, large-scale investments were also made within the framework of expansive TV contracts (such as the sensation at the time in the form of Nicolas Anelka’s transfer). Only in 2009, however, did the final change of ownership take place, namely to a consortium from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
In contrast to Manchester United, you hardly played a role in English football for decades and at times you even relegated to the third division. In 1999 Manchester City last played in the 3rd league, but then succeeded in marching into the Premier League. From 2002 onwards, large-scale investments were also made within the framework of expansive TV contracts (such as the sensation at the time in the form of Nicolas Anelka’s transfer). Only in 2009, however, did the final change of ownership take place, namely to a consortium from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In contrast to Manchester United, you hardly played a role in English football for decades and at times you even relegated to the third division. In 1999 Manchester City last played in the 3rd league, but then succeeded in marching into the Premier League.
From 2002 onwards, large-scale investments were also made within the framework of expansive TV contracts (such as the sensation at the time in the form of Nicolas Anelka’s transfer). Only in 2009, however, did the final change of ownership take place, namely to a consortium from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. From 2002 onwards, large-scale investments were also made within the framework of expansive TV contracts (such as the sensation at the time in the form of Nicolas Anelka’s transfer). Only in 2009, however, did the final change of ownership take place, namely to a consortium from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. From 2002 onwards, large-scale investments were also made within the framework of expansive TV contracts (such as the sensation at the time in the form of Nicolas Anelka’s transfer). Only in 2009, however, did the final change of ownership take place, namely to a consortium from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Since then, the money has been extremely loose at Manchester City, who also want to win the Champions League in the foreseeable future. It could be that far this year. But at the latest from the 2016/17 season, when Pep Guardiola changes as manager to the “Citizens”.
Manchester City traditionally plays in light blue and white at home. On the club coat of arms you can see a sign in front of a golden eagle, based on the city coat of arms of Manchester! A ship representing the urban canal is also included in the association’s coat of arms, as is the lettering “Superbia in Proelio” – the association’s motto. Translated, these Latin words mean “pride in battle”. With four championships, five runners-up, five FA cup wins, three league cup wins and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970, Manchester City can look back on a somewhat successful club history, but it is still very clearly in the shadow of Manchester United when it comes to success.
Greater Manchester was founded in 1878 – it was not until 1902 that the transition to the club structure and the name change to Manchester United followed. United is the record champions with 20 titles in the national championship,which is just ahead of Liverpool (18), but clearly ahead of Arsenal (13), Chelsea (5) and Manchester City (4). At the end of the 19th century, only employees of the train station in Newotn Heath played at Manchester! In the early days of the club, you only played against other railway companies. The first investor got on board in 1902 – master brewer John Henry Davies. He saved the leisure club from bankruptcy and renamed the club the now known Manchester United. It was Davies who determined the club colors for today’s red and white. United won its first championship in 1907, but it has not yet established itself in the first division, as it was relegated to the second division before and during the world wars. Only after the 2nd
When flying from the European Cup game against Belgrade in 1958, there was a sad chapter in the club’s history when the plane had to stop in Munich due to problems and caused an accident. A total of eight Manchester United players died and two others had to end their careers due to serious injuries. For years, Manchester was no longer able to build on the golden age of the 1950s.
The golden age began with Sir Alex Ferguson in 1986. The United coach icon sat on the Manchester bench for 27 years, leading the team to numerous titles. The football teacher was about to be released at the end of the 1980s, but was able to save himself by winning the FA Cup. In 1991 Ferguson won the Cup Winners’ Cup, and in 1993, after 26 years of abstinence, the English championship was won again. Ferguson increasingly focused on youth players in the mid-1990s. David Beckham and Gary Neville are two home-grown plants that later became world famous.
The most successful year and the culmination of an era was achieved in 1999 when Manchester United became the first English football club to win the triple. Many will surely remember the memorable Champions League final against FC Bayern Munich, which, despite a 0-1 deficit after 90 minutes in stoppage time, could still be turned by goals from Sheringham and Solskjaer.In 1999 they won championship ahead of Arsenal London and beat Newcastle 2-0 in the FA Cup final! A few months later, they also won the World Cup against Palmeiras Sao Paolo! Ferguson was subsequently knighted. However, he already had legendary status with Manchester United before. National dominance was strengthened by the takeover of the Glazer consortium. Between 2007 and 2013 they won five English championships, which meanwhile also replaced Liverpool FC as record champions. After 1968 and 1999, the national champions’ cup was won for the third time in 2008. With eleven FA Cup victories, they had always been successful in that discipline.
The Red Devils got their name from coach legend Matt Busby in the 1960s. From 1970, the red devil was sewn into the club crest and is still part of the Manchester badge.
If you accuse Manchester City of being an investor association, you have to put into perspective that the traditional club United is also in the hands of a billionaire: Joel Glazer. Together with his brother Avram, he manages the fortunes of Manchester United after her father Malcolm Glazer took over the club in 2005 and turned the traditional club into a listed business machine. The Citizens were taken over by Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2009.
There was intense rivalry between the Citizens and the Red Devils in the 1970s. Ironically the legendary George Best in a match in the 1970s in a brutal foul against Glyn Pardoe made sure that the fouled man almost lost his leg. Best broke his opponent’s bones and an amputation could just be averted. In 1974 there was also a scandal on the penultimate matchday. United needed a win to prevent relegation. Ironically, former United professional Denis Law shot his ex-club in the 2nd division! In the 2011/12 season there was a head-to-head race in the championship between the two Manchester clubs. The Citizens needed a home win on the last matchday. Previously you won all 18 home games of the season, so you were sure that you could win the title. United won the last game and for a long time looked like a safe champions as the Citizens were 1-2 at home up to the 92nd minute. With goals from Dzeko in the 92nd minute to 2-2 and Aguero in the 94th minute to 3-2, City was able to score 89 points – tied with Manchester United.
In what was probably the most dramatic championship ever, both teams from Manchester were tied for points! However, the Citizens had the better goal difference and were therefore champions !
Manchester City vs. Manchester United fans
Manchester City fans are known for their very high level of loyalty as the Citizens have lived through difficult times for decades. In the second division, records have always been broken with an average audience of over 30,000 spectators. The band members of Oasis, Liam and Noel Gallagher, publicly profess to be citizens. In addition to the rivalry with Manchester United, the aversion to the Liverpool, Bolton and Tottenham clubs is particularly noticeable among the fan communities!
Manchester United fans are also known for their loyalty. The followers of the Red Devils have been setting viewership records over the years. The audience average always includes the total capacity of the stadium, so the home games are sold out in most cases. The fans of Manchester United did not initially agree that Rupert Murdoch took over the club in 1998. Even when Glazer was taken over in 2005, there were riots and protests until various fan groups finally founded the United of Manchester club, which had started in the 10th league and is now six-class as a fan club.
Manchester City vs. Manchester United stadium situation
From 1923 to 2003, Manchester City played on Maine Road for around 80 years. Officially, it had a capacity of around 35,000 seats in the 1970s, but up to 80,000 people often visited the games in the 1930s. Only since 2003 have the Citizens played their official games at the Etihad Stadium, which is of course much more modern than its predecessor and, with almost 55,000 seats, is also a real football arena. In 2007/08, the stadium hosted the UEFA Cup Final between St. Petersburg and Glasgow Rangers, which the Russians could win. The venue is currently in a renovation phase. You would like to add a third rank so that the total capacity increases to over 62,000 places. From 2011 and until at least 2021, the former Stadium of Manchester will still be called Etihad Stadium, which will bring the Citizens 400 million euros!
Manchester United’s home stadium is the legendary Old Trafford, the second largest stadium in England after Wembley Stadium. The capacity is measured with almost 76,000 seats. City fans keep remarking that Old Trafford would not be part of Manchester as the stadium was built outside the city. The first game in that venue took place in 1910. Since then, it has been United’s home stadium, except between 1941 and 1949, when the stadium was damaged in the war. During that period, the Manchester City stadium had to be shared.
The Old Trafford was the venue of the Champions League Final in 2002/03, which AC Milan won after a penalty shootout against Juventus!
Manchester City vs. Manchester United formative players
Some well-known players such as Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis, David Silva or Kevin de Bruyne are currently playing with the Citizens. A really formative player is the current striker icon Aguero. Argentinian Sergio Aguero has been playing with the Citizens since 2011 and, with the 3-2 winning goal against Queens Park 2012, ensured the Citizens’ first championship in more than 34 years!He is already a legend among Manchester City fans and so the Argentine is still by far the most popular player on the team. Another formative player in club history was Alan Oakes, who played 668 games for the Citizens in the 1960s and 1970s, making him the club’s record player. By the way, 4th place in this table was made by Bert Trautmann, a German. Erik Brook scored 178 goals for Manchester City in the 1920s and 1930s, making him the record scorer. In this category Aguero (currently 92 goals) still has some catching up to do. But if he continues to play for the Citizens at a high level for a few more years, then he will at least make it into the top 10 record goal scorers!
Manchester United naturally had more formative players than Manchester City due to the club’s history. One of the most significant players is certainly Bobby Charlton, who survived the 1958 plane crash and played a total of 758 games for Manchester United. Only Ryan Giggs (963) has more appearances and is therefore a record player of the Red Devils. Paul Scholes (622), Gary Neville (582) and Denis Irwin (529) are also likely to be very well-known names who made history. With 249 goals in 758 games, Bobby Charlton is also the team’s record scorer and thus just ahead of Wayne Rooney, who scored 216 goals in 440 games for Manchester and can even become the club’s record scorer. George Best (179 goals) and Ruud Van Nistelrooy (150 goals) are also memorable ex-Manchester United players!
George Best scored a game of eternity on February 7, 1970 when he scored six goals against Northampton Town, making him the only Red Devils player with Harold Halse (1911) to score six goals in one game. With the former goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, the eccentric Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roy Keane and above all David Beckham, Manchester United has made some top stars great!
Manchester City vs. Manchester United records
Manchester City has seen two records for itself, which have nothing to do with Manchester United, but are definitely worth mentioning. In the 1957/58 season, the Citizens were the first and only club in the First Division to achieve a goal difference of 104-100. So there were three-digit numbers both for the goals scored and for the goals received. With a record of 22-5-15 you were fifth and missed the climb. It is also worth noting that Manchester City relegated as reigning champions in 1938. No other club in the Premier League has managed this feat yet. In terms of direct comparison, Manchester United clearly leads the derby with 70 wins, 51 draws and 49 losses after 170 games. Wayne Rooney has had the most goals so far with 11 goals. No other player scored more goals in this derbies! Manchester City’s highest win at home was in 1989 when they beat the Red Devils 5-1. Manchester City are also inferior to the Red Devils at home with a 25-24-27 record, but their last 13 home games have brought them a 7-1-5 record.
Manchester United’s biggest win at Manchester City was the very first duel against each other in 1894, when they won 5-2 on Hyde Road. Manchester United maintains a good 33-26-18 record against the Citizens as “home team”. United’s biggest win was 5-0 in 1994. Citizens didn’t win the Red Devils often, but when there was a win it was usually very spectacular. So you could win in 1926, as well as 2011 with 6-1 at Old Trafford. The Italian Mario Balotelli and the Bosnian Edin Dzeko each contributed two goals to that win. This was surely a black day for the 75,487 spectators at Old Trafford – at least for a majority of the spectators, because the fans of the Citizens got their money’s worth that afternoon!
Manchester City vs. Manchester United betting options
In terms of the overall balance, Manchester United was always at the forefront. In recent years, however, the relationship has almost completely aligned and Manchester City is now on par with Manchester United. Due to the many victories in recent years, clear dominance has even been achieved in the city at times. Manchester City home games tend to be unspectacular games. Of the last 10 games at the Manchester City stadium, there were only three over 2.5 games, but seven games with few goals. On average, only ten goals were scored in these ten games! Conversely, there were 38 goals from the last 10 games at Old Trafford, i.e. 3.8 goals on average and 8 out of 10 games, where the over came partially clear.
So the tendencies are that games at Manchester City have been quieter, but games at Old Trafford have become more and more heated. Will it stay that way in the next matches? In any case, the Citizens are no longer the outsiders, as the team was used to for decades. We expect exciting duels in the industrial city in the next few years as well. There are always current tips for this derby in the betting tip area! Otherwise, it should be noted that there was rarely a draw below average. Out of the last 17 games at Manchester City, a single game ended in a draw, and from the last 11 games at Old Trafford also only one encounter! So it is clearly played for victory!