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Man City 2 Man United 3: match report – Robin van Persie scores winner

Man City 2 Man United 3: Heartbreak for Mancini as Van Persie's stoppage-time strike steals the points and sparks total chaos

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UPDATED:

20:05 GMT, 9 December 2012

Robin van Persie scored an injury-time winner to give Manchester United victory amid ugly scenes at the end of today's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Two goals down to a first-half Wayne Rooney double, Manchester City thought they had snatched a point when Pablo Zabaleta followed up Yaya Toure's strike by driving home five minutes from time.

But after Rafael had been fouled on the edge of the area, Van Persie's free-kick flicked off Samir Nasri before cannoning in off the far post.

As United celebrated, Rio Ferdinand was struck by an object which drew blood from a cut close to his eye.

Derby delight: Robin van Persie celebrates after his deflected free-kick snatched a win for Man United

Derby delight: Robin van Persie celebrates after his deflected free-kick snatched a win for Man United

Whip: Van Persie's free kick hit Samir Nasri in the City wall and swerved beyond Joe Hart

Whip: Van Persie's free kick hit Samir Nasri in the City wall and swerved beyond Joe Hart

Incident: A City fan threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand which hit him, drawing blood

Incident: A City fan threw a coin at Rio Ferdinand which hit him, drawing blood

Confrontation: Hart tries to prevent this City fan reaching Ferdinand

Confrontation: Hart tries to prevent this City fan reaching Ferdinand

Match facts

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (K Toure 21), Nastasic, Clichy, Silva, Y Toure (Dzeko 84), Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Balotelli (Tevez 52).

Subs not used: Pantilimon, Maicon, Lescott, Javi Garcia.

Booked: Nasri, Y Toure, Tevez.

Goals: Y Toure 60, Zabaleta 86.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans (Smalling 58), Evra, Valencia (Jones 84), Carrick, Cleverley (Welbeck 87), Young, Rooney, van Persie.

Subs not used: Johnstone, Giggs, Hernandez, Scholes.

Booked: Ferdinand, Rooney, Jones.

Goals: Rooney 16, 29, Van Persie 90.

Att: 47,166.

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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A supporter then ran onto the pitch and had to be restrained by Joe Hart before being carted away by stewards.

Sir Alex Ferguson then seemed to
exchange words with former United striker Carlos Tevez before referee
Martin Atkinson brought an end to a breathless afternoon.

Rooney's brace saw him jump to the top
of United's scoring charts in Manchester derbies, his 10 goals taking
him one clear of Sir Bobby Charlton.

United's defensive frailties have been
obvious to everyone this term, so it came as something of a shock that
City's rearguard was the topic of conversation at half-time.

Dominant during the opening 15
minutes, the Blues were caught cold by the visitors' first attack,
started deep in their own half by Patrice Evra.

Van Persie cushioned a delightful
return pass from Ashley Young's flicked header, allowing the winger to
drive over halfway and drill a low cross to the edge of the area for
Rooney, who controlled it expertly.

Mix of emotions: Man United celebrate but Ferdinand holds his head after being hit by a coin and blue smoke from a flare fills the background

Mix of emotions: Man United celebrate but Ferdinand holds his head after being hit by a coin and blue smoke from a flare fills the background

Premature: Pablo Zabaleta's strike seemed to have earned City a draw

Premature: Pablo Zabaleta's strike seemed to have earned City a draw

Here we go: Wayne Rooney opened proceedings with a sidefooted finish which wrong-footed Joe Hart

Here we go: Wayne Rooney opened proceedings with a sidefooted finish which wrong-footed Joe Hart

Fine start: Rooney celebrates with his team-mates after getting the derby off to a cracking beginning

Fine start: Rooney celebrates with his team-mates after getting the derby off to a cracking beginning

Surrounded by three City defenders,
Rooney took the ball to his left before cutting a shot back to the near
post that Hart had no chance of keeping out.

City's concerns grew when Vincent
Kompany was replaced by Kolo Toure, bringing additional uncertainty to a
defence which conceded a second a short time later.

This time the surge came from the
right wing as Antonio Valencia found an overlapping Rafael with a
perfectly-weighted pass which the Brazilian crossed into the danger
zone.

Rooney, who had been allowed to gallop
unopposed from his initial pass, could not believe the space on offer
which allowed him to tuck his first-time shot beyond Hart, allowing him
to become the sixth player – and the youngest – to score 150 Premier
League goals.

There was a conviction about United's play that was missing from City's.

Swap: City skipper Vincent Kompany had to be withdrawn for Kolo Toure

Swap: City skipper Vincent Kompany had to be withdrawn for Kolo Toure

Double up: Rooney strikes the second goal to increase United's lead

Double up: Rooney strikes the second goal to increase United's lead

Mario Balotelli, preferred up front to
Carlos Tevez, was the subject of his manager's ire, yet Sergio Aguero
was the one who had failed to control the Italian's through-ball when
the scores were still level.

Aguero was also the player who took on
the entire Red Devils defence single handedly and squeezed a shot
towards the corner which David de Gea did well to keep out.

After wasting possession once too
often, Balotelli was replaced by Tevez, the Italian heading straight
down the tunnel, although not before fixing Mancini with an icy stare.

Ashley Young then had a goal
incorrectly ruled out for offside when he tucked home the rebound from a
Van Persie shot that had cannoned back off a post, and United were
still digesting their disappointment as City countered to pull a goal
back.

Pure delight: The England striker wheels away in celebration

Pure delight: The England striker wheels away in celebration

Away day party: United were 2-0 up and flying with City misfiring

Away day party: United were 2-0 up and flying with City misfiring

De Gea produced brilliant saves to
deny Tevez and David Silva, but he was unable to keep out a third strike
on goal from Yaya Toure, who calmly rolled Tevez's cut-back into the
bottom corner.

It was the goal that lit the
touchpaper for a thrilling finale, with tackles flying in from both
sides as referee Atkinson desperately tried to keep control.

Van Persie headed Cleverley's cross
over before De Gea somehow kept Silva's shot out at the other end when
it flicked off his shoulder and onto the crossbar.

Disappointment: David Silva found it hard to make an impact in the first half

Disappointment: David Silva found it hard to make an impact in the first half

Struggle: Mario Balotelli challenges David de Gea but could not trouble him

Struggle: Mario Balotelli challenges David de Gea but could not trouble him

Change of tack: Roberto Mancini hooked the striker early in the second half and Balotelli stormed off

Change of tack: Roberto Mancini hooked the striker early in the second half and Balotelli stormed off

City had the momentum though and when
Tevez's corner was half-cleared into Zabaleta's path, the Argentinian
thrashed home a ferocious shot through a crowded penalty area.

There was one final twist to come,
though, as Van Persie stepped up to end City's 37-match unbeaten run on
home soil to send United six points clear at the top.

Back in business: Yaya Toure celebrates after his strike gave City hope

Back in business: Yaya Toure celebrates after his strike gave City hope

Starting point: Yaya Toue wraps his shot past De Gea's arm and into the far corner

Starting point: Yaya Toue wraps his shot past De Gea's arm and into the far corner

Battle of wits: Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson were both chasing the points

Battle of wits: Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson were both chasing the points

Twist in the tale: Zabaleta celebrates after his 86th minute goal... but he did not know what was to follow

Twist in the tale: Zabaleta celebrates after his 86th minute goal… but he did not know what was to follow

Watching on: England boss Roy Hodgson and Stuart Pearce were in attendance

Watching on: England boss Roy Hodgson and Stuart Pearce were in attendance

Cruising: Hollywood star Tom Cruise made it to the Etihad

Cruising: Hollywood star Tom Cruise made it to the Etihad

Laughing matter: Actors Robert Duvall (left) and Cruise chat to Sky reporter Geoff Shreeves

Laughing matter: Actors Robert Duvall (left) and Cruise chat to Sky reporter Geoff Shreeves

David Moyes fully committed to Everton

Moyes fully committed to Everton… although talks of contract extension yet to begin

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 28 September 2012

David Moyes has insisted his commitment to Everton is unwavering even though he has yet to open talks on a new contract.

The Everton manager’s current deal runs out at the end of this campaign and the fact that formal dialogue has not started with him and chairman Bill Kenwright has been brought into context after Newcastle boss Alan Pardew penned an eight-year deal on Thursday.

Moyes, however, is adamant that nothing sinister should be read into the situation.

Committed: David Moyes says he will always have total commitment to Everton

Committed: David Moyes says he will always have total commitment to Everton

He has been in this position before – the Scot only had a few months left on his contract when he penned a five-year agreement in October 2008 – and sees no reason why it will become a major issue.

‘My commitment at Everton is total and it always will be,’ said Moyes, who celebrated 10 years at the helm in March.

‘I don’t see it as a big problem. I’ll be asked more questions the longer it goes on. But right now if you asked me if it was even in my head, it’s not even crossed my mind.

‘I feel as though I am happy with the situation. The chairman is as well. And when we need to, we talk.

'We talk on the phone every day so it’s nothing that needs to be resolved by any big talks.

'We have a good relationship and when it comes to that that’s the way we will deal with it.’

When the time comes for talks to take place, Moyes – whose side face Southampton at Goodison Park on – feels the only subjects that will need to be clarified are what direction the club is going in. Personal finance will not be an issue.

Rough ride: Moyes watched his side lose 2-1 in the Capital One Cup to Leeds in midweek

Rough ride: Moyes watched his side lose 2-1 in the Capital One Cup to Leeds in midweek

Rough ride: Moyes watched his side lose 2-1 in the Capital One Cup to Leeds in midweek

‘I don’t want anything to get in the way of how well the players are playing,’ said Moyes.

‘If that became a problem, then I’d need to look at it. But hopefully it won’t. The players are focused and we all know what we are trying to do.

‘We have no real need (to talk) at the moment. I am heavily concentrating on the team and I personally don’t feel that we have to sit down and do it.

'I don’t think the club feel there is a need either, because whatever happens, I’m here until the end of the season anyway. There’s no panic.’

Everton have made an excellent start to the season and while his mood was checked slightly on Tuesday evening by a shock defeat to Leeds in the Capital One Cup, there is a possibility Moyes could be sitting on top of the Premier League if results go the right way.

The last time Everton took charge of the Premier League table was on August 14, 2007 but that was after just two games.

Star man: Marouane Fellaini has come into his own under Moyes' tutelage

Star man: Marouane Fellaini has come into his own under Moyes' tutelage

This campaign is only marginally older but given that Everton have already dismantled Manchester United, Aston Villa and Swansea, top spot would offer signs of progress.

‘It’s something which we know is there for us if we can take our opportunities,’ said Moyes.

‘I mention this quite a lot at Everton that when they come along, regularly we don’t take them. If we can win the game then it will be a good position to be in at this stage of the season.

‘Psychologically for the club, being top (for however long) would be a big thing.

'For the supporters, you can tell it’s a big thing for them. For the players, we are trying to get off to a better opening than what we have had.’

Rafael van der Vaart staying at Spurs

Van der Vaart staying at Spurs as Dutchman sets sights on landing the title

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UPDATED:

05:55 GMT, 18 July 2012

Staying put: Rafael van der Vaart has pledged his future to Spurs

Staying put: Rafael van der Vaart has pledged his future to Spurs

Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart has no plans to leave the club this summer.

The 29-year-old Holland international has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane following the dismissal of manager Harry Redknapp last month.

But he has played down such talk and insisted the future is bright under new boss Andre Villas-Boas.

He said in The Sun: 'My place is at Spurs. I want to win the title with this club. Each summer my name appears in the transfer market.

'The race for the top four will be a total war from the very first day.'

Title vow: Van der Vaart wants to lead Tottenham to glory

Title vow: Van der Vaart wants to lead Tottenham to glory

Van der Vaart, who joined the north London club two years ago from Real Madrid, added: 'The new coach has good plans for me and this is important.

'I have heard excellent reports about AVB.

'We have very good attacking players and if AVB imposes an offensive system the team could be a real spectacle.'

Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson prepares his England side

He's playing a long game: Roy's warming up… the real test is France

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 25 May 2012

At one stage on Friday Roy Hodgson quoted the great Holland coach Rinus Michels, but England’s new boss stopped short of promising Total Football amid the total chaos he has inherited.

He said he is doing his best in the circumstances here in Oslo, and it might be worth remembering exactly what those circumstances are before he oversees his first game against Norway this evening.

Of the ‘40 days and 40 nights’ he has before that opening European Championship encounter with France, 25 have already gone. Of those 25, he spent 13 as manager of West Bromwich Albion.

Main man: Roy Hodgson (centre) takes charge of England for the first time against Norway in Oslo

Main man: Roy Hodgson (centre) takes charge of England for the first time against Norway in Oslo

Since then, he has been busy. First he picked his 23-man squad, then he went to Munich to watch his Chelsea players lift the European Cup. Now he is picking a team from a group he has known for three days, with serious concerns over the fitness of a key striker and just 180 minutes of friendly football before picking the 11 players who will open England’s Euro 2012 campaign in Donetsk.

Saturday evening, as he said, is ‘a preparation game’ and a vitally important one at that. ‘I need to learn,’ he said. ‘And I’m entitled, as a football person, to take preparation games for what they are: preparation games.

‘It would disappoint me if the mood of the nation was lowered if we happened to lose against Norway, because I can’t concur with that. We are preparing for something a lot more important — what we do in the Euros and our qualification for Brazil. That’s how I see it.'

All smiles: Hodgson will treat Saturday's game merely as preparation for Euro 2012

All smiles: Hodgson will treat Saturday's game merely as preparation for Euro 2012

It’s how everyone needs to see it, even if defeated at the Ullevaal Stadion. It is not about Saturday night. It is not about next Saturday’s encounter with Belgium at Wembley. It is about France and finding the team he will send out against the French.

Hodgson might become only the second England manager to lose his first game but when that other manager is Sir Alf Ramsey, he would not be in bad company. Judging by what has been happening in training these past few days, France is his priority.

He has it in his mind to start with two forwards against Laurent Blanc’s side and he gave enough away on Friday to suggest as much. Steven Gerrard, he said, would be playing in central midfield alongside Scott Parker, with Ashley Young starting in the hole behind Andy Carroll. He is also looking long and hard at the threat Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might pose on the right wing.

Is this the way to goal Andy Carroll will lead the line for England against Norway

Is this the way to goal Andy Carroll will lead the line for England against Norway

Hodgson demanded a good performance from all his players. ‘They will be playing for their places,’ he said and in doing so he actually put them under more pressure than he appears to be putting on himself for this game.

It is a particularly important night for Carroll when the latest medical bulletin on Danny Welbeck is so alarming. The Manchester United forward is a real worry when England are without suspended Wayne Rooney for the first two group games and Jermain Defoe is the only other striker in the squad.

Hodgson said the England doctors remain confident that Welbeck will be fit enough to board the plane to Krakow on June 6. But not, it seems, in a fit enough state to start against France. Hodgson clearly has his doubts about Welbeck even making it to the tournament, given the fact that he is already giving thought to promoting Daniel Sturridge from standby to squad member.

Question mark: Danny Welbeck remains an injury doubt for England and Hodgson

Question mark: Danny Welbeck remains an injury doubt for England and Hodgson

It puts a huge onus on Carroll; on a player who might have ended the season well for Liverpool but remains a veteran of just three caps and one international goal.

‘I’ll be expecting what I saw from him in the latter stages of his season at Liverpool when, against top class teams, he played really well,’ said Hodgson. ‘He was extremely active, caused amazing problems for the centre backs he played against; not just with his strength, but his running power.’

Hodgson expects a lot and he needs a lot because if Carroll struggles, if that new-found confidence begins to dissolve, England could be in trouble.

Between the sticks: Robert Green (centre) will make his first appearance since his howler against the USA

Between the sticks: Robert Green (centre) will make his first appearance since his howler against the USA

Hodgson was reminded of something he said during training at the Etihad the previous day; the instruction he gave to knock the ball up to the big man. He gave an eloquent, amusing explanation and argued that there is a place for a more direct approach in the beautiful game.

'I once heard Rinus Michels talking about his philosophy at a technical study group,’ said Hodgson.

‘Someone said when he played, he played Total Football and so on. He said “no”. He always had a big striker in his team and when they were losing with 15 minutes to go, he would stick him on and ask the team to kick it up to him quickly and rush after him. “I always wanted to win,” he said. That was Michel’s philosophy. So if he can say that …’

Hodgson gave a fine performance, but was he nervous He said ‘no’.

Captain fantastic: Steven Gerrard (centre) will lead England out against Norway on Saturday

Captain fantastic: Steven Gerrard (centre) will lead England out against Norway on Saturday

He was more ‘curious’, understandly ‘proud’. And he tackled the issue of allowing certain players to take what seems an unnecessary break. Why aren’t John Terry and Rooney here when they have not played since May 13

‘Terry did train all week coming up to the Champions League final,’ he said. ‘With Wayne it was more a question of the injury he’s been playing with. I thought I’d give him the opportunity to get that injury out of the way. If it doesn’t go well for us at the Euros I’ll be hanged for whatever I’ve done, but I felt that was the best option.’

So many options, so little time. When Hodgson took the Swiss to the 1994 World Cup, he did so after ‘24 or 25 games’. Not quite the same as 25 days.

Anne Keothavong loses Agnieszka Radwanska in Qatar Total Open second round

Keothavong bows out as world No 6 Radwanska ends Briton's run in Qatar

Anne Keothavong's run at the Qatar Total Open came to a comprehensive end in Doha with a 6-1 6-2 defeat by world No 6 Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round.

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The British No 2, who appeared to be hampered by an arm problem, lost the first five games in each set to her Polish opponent and there was no way back.

It has still been a fine week for Keothavong, who should climb up from her current ranking of 89th after beating compatriots Laura Robson and Heather Watson in qualifying and then seeing off top-50 player Tamira Paszek in round one.

End of the road: Anne Keothavong saw her run in Qatar come to a disappointing end

End of the road: Anne Keothavong saw her run in Qatar come to a disappointing end

Leon Smith wants to know is Andy Murray will play in the Davis Cup

Murray's poser over extra Davis Cup duty: Captain Smith wants to know if World No 4 will play

British captain Leon Smith will seek a swift indication from Andy Murray about his Davis Cup intentions for the next round in April, which could put his side within one match of a return to the elite World Group.

‘I will try to get an idea of how he is thinking because it might affect how other players plan their schedules, although I won’t necessarily expect a firm answer,’ said Smith after Sunday’s shock victory over Slovakia sealed a home tie with Belgium.

Answers: Leon Smith wants to know if Andy Murray will commit to the Davis Cup

Answers: Leon Smith wants to know if Andy Murray will commit to the Davis Cup

Murray had pencilled in September as his next David Cup foray but must now decide whether to sandwich in an extra appearance between the American outdoor and European clay court season.

The tie has already been scheduled for Glasgow at Easter — which would mean Murray flying back from the Miami Masters before turning his attention to the clay.

Good display: Smith celebrates beating the Slovak Republic

Good display: Smith celebrates beating the Slovak Republic

Meanwhile, Anne Keothavong kept up her fine form at the Qatar Total Open by beating world No 47 Tamira Paszek in Doha on Monday.