Man City 2 Man United 3: Roo at the double as Fergie's troops hold off 10-man Blues
Wayne Rooney scored twice and Manchester United held off a dramatic fightback from 10-man Manchester City to win a pulsating FA Cup derby at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.
United thrillingly led 3-0 after a remarkable first half in which Rooney headed two goals, Danny Welbeck added another and City captain Vincent Kompany was sent off.
Sealed with a kiss: Rooney celebrates his first goal by kissing the Man United badge
Heads up: The United striker sees his penalty saved before following up to score a re-bound header
Man City: Pantilimon, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, De Jong, Johnson (Zabaleta 46), Silva (Savic 46), Nasri (Hargreaves 82), Aguero.
Subs Not Used: Hart, Clichy, Suarez, Razak. Sent Off: Kompany (12).
Goals: Kolarov 48, Aguero 65.
Man Utd: Lindegaard, Smalling, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Nani (Scholes 59), Rooney, Welbeck (Anderson 75). Subs Not Used: De Gea, Evans, Park, Hernandez, Rafael Da Silva.
Booked: Welbeck, Nani, Evra, Ferdinand. Goals: Rooney 10, Welbeck 30, Rooney 40. Att: 46,808
Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
City hit back after the break with
goals through Alexandar Kolarov and Sergio Aguero, but United, for whom
Paul Scholes came out of retirement to make a substitute appearance,
held on to end City's cup defence in the third round.
The game, played on a greasy surface
in continual drizzle, more than lived up to all the pre-match hype. At
one stage it seemed United were on course to avenge their 6-1 thrashing
last October in the most incredible fashion but City's recovery left
them to settle for a narrow win.
Nevertheless, it was Premier League
leaders City's first home defeat since December 2010 and reminded them
that United remain in the way of their bid for domestic dominance.
The afternoon began unbelievably
enough as United announced prior to kick-off that 37-year-old Scholes
had rejoined the playing staff to help them through their injury
problems and would be on the bench, having retired at the end of last
Take that: United fans mock their rivals by performing the infamous 'Poznan' celebration
Early bath: Kompany was dismissed after just 12 minutes for this tackle on Nani
Red mist: The Manchester City captain was shown a straight red card by referee Chris Foy
Yet what followed was even more
dramatic as Rooney, after speculation over his own future, made an
emphatic statement and United, initially, were ruthless in taking
advantage of Kompany's dismissal.
There was little hint of that as City
pressed United's reorganised defence in the opening minutes. Chris
Smalling slotted in at centre-back alongside Rio Ferdinand while Phil
Jones was moved to right-back.
Welcome Beck to Manchester: The former United star watches the third round FA Cup tie at the Etihad Stadium
Anders Lindegaard, again preferred to
David de Gea in goal, was almost caught out by Sergio Aguero as he
delayed a clearance but escaped with a goal kick. The game exploded into
life as United took the lead against the run of play in the 10th
Antonio Valencia found space on the
right as the visitors counter-attacked and delivered a cross for Rooney,
who had laid the ball off to the winger, to power home a superb header
off the underside of the bar.
Never give up: Aguero scores for City after Scholes (pictured) gave the ball away
The England striker showed great
technique as he rose above the City defence and then ran away to
celebrate clutching the United badge on his shirt.
City were then dealt an immediate
blow to their hopes of making a quick recovery as Kompany was sent off
for a challenge on Nani.
Come in No 22: Scholes came on after 60 minutes after United announced a surprise new deal for the veteran midfielder
Kompany clearly won the ball but referee Chris Foy showed a straight red card for the offence of lunging forward with both feet.
City were angry with the decision but recovered their composure and Aguero brought a fine save from Lindegaard from distance.
David Silva then had a shot deflected wide and Aguero fired into the
side-netting but United remained a threat on the break and took control
after 30 minutes.
Nani was denied shooting space on the edge of the box but he fed the ball wide to Patrice Evra, who crossed low.
Controversy: Kompany was shown a straight red card for his first-half tackle on United winger Nani
Samir Nasri attempted to clear but
did not make firm contact and Welbeck hooked in his seventh goal of the
season on the volley.
Things got worse for City as they
conceded a penalty six minutes before half-time when Kolarov brought
down Welbeck. Costel Pantilimon, playing in place of the rested Joe
Hart, saved Rooney's spot-kick but was unable to deny the United forward
as he followed up to head in the rebound.
Back in the mix: Hargeaves came on against his former club with 10 minutes remaining
Nice to meet you: Beckham greets Manchester City's Balotelli
It seemed the best City could
achieve in the second half was damage limitation, but they gave
themselves hope as Kolarov pulled one back after 48 minutes.
Evra was booked for felling Micah
Richards outside the area and Kolarov stepped up to bend a superb
free-kick around the wall and into the net.
Scholes came off the bench to make an unexpected 677th United appearance when he replaced Nani just before the hour.
On target: Welbeck scores the second goal of the game with 30 minutes gone at the Etihad
United wanted another penalty moments
later when Valencia went over as Kolarov challenged him just inside the
box but Foy gave nothing. City got themselves right back into the game
after 65 minutes as Milner nicked the ball off Scholes following a
throw-in and whipped the ball in for Aguero.
The Argentinian shot straight at
Lindegaard but the Dane could only parry and Aguero blasted in the loose
ball. Scholes got his first sight of goal when he struck a trademark
long-range shot after 71 minutes but Pantilimon saved comfortably.
Packing a punch: Amir Khan, a proud Bolton fan, was at Sunday's FA Cup derby
City sent on former United
midfielder Owen Hargreaves in place of Nasri with eight minutes
remaining. City appealed long, but in vain, for a penalty when a low
ball from Kolarov took a ricochet and appeared to catch Jones' arm.
And City had United holding on as
they pressed at every opportunity, but the ball would not fall for them
in the box. Richards attempted a spectacular overhead kick but failed to
Kolarov tested Lindegaard with a free-kick in injury time but United, with victory in sight, scrambled the ball clear.