Manchester United's best wins against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium

Erik ten Hag will get his first taste of the Manchester derby when Manchester United travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The 52-year-old has already beaten Liverpool and Arsenal since taking the reins at Old Trafford, and the former Ajax manager will be hoping to beat Manchester City and make it five Premier League wins in a row.

The Dutchman will pit his wits against Pep Guardiola and the pair worked together at Bayern Munich.

The Spaniard was in charge of the senior side and Ten Hag was the manager of Bayern’s II team.

Ahead of Sunday’s 2pm kick off, we take a look at Manchester United’s five best wins against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester United’s best wins against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium

Paul Scholes injury time winner (2009)

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After being took over by the Abu Dhabi Group in September 2008, Manchester City had splashed the cash, signed Carlos Tevez and began to become a real force.

Ahead of United’s trip to the Etihad in April 2010, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils had beaten City 4-3 in the Premier League’s reverse fixture thanks to a last-gasp Michael Owen winner, and also ousted the noisy neighbours in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

While the Reds were engulfed in a title race with Chelsea, Roberto Mancini’s City were looking to leapfrog Tottenham Hotspur into the all important fourth spot and qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

In what was a rather mundane derby, in the dying seconds Patrice Evra produced a pinpoint cross for the onrushing Paul Scholes to head past Shay Given and claim the three points for the Reds.

Scholes’ reward for the goal was to receive a kiss on the lips from fellow Class of 92 member Gary Neville.

Chelsea went on to win the title, pipping United by one point while City had to settle for Europa League football.

Scholes returns in FA Cup win (2012)

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Manchester City had beaten Sir Alex’s Reds 6-1 at the Theatre of Dreams earlier in the campaign, so the Reds were yearning for revenge when the FA Cup third-round draw produced a blockbuster.

United were 3-0 up after 40 minutes thanks to a brace from Wayne Rooney and a goal from Danny Welbeck, and City skipper Vincent Kompany had been sent off for a dangerous tackle on Nani.

After Aleksandar Kolarov scored a free-kick, Scholes, who had come out of retirement, was introduced into the fray and looked like he had never been away after putting on a passing clinic.

Sergio Aguero scored a second for City but United held on.

Van Persie wins it with free-kick (2012)

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Having had the 2011-12 Premier League title snatched away from us following Aguero’s winner against Queens Park Rangers, Sir Alex responded to the bitter disappointment by signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal.

Having gone 2-0 up through two goals from Rooney, City looked to have snatched a late point after Pablo Zabaleta scored an 86th-minute equaliser, following an earlier Yaya Toure goal.

But playing in his first Manchester derby, Van Persie’s deflected free-kick found the back of the net and sent the travelling United fans into raptures.

Rio Ferdinand was hit by a missile from the crowd, but it didn’t stop the United fans celebrating wildly and the Reds went on to reclaim the league title in what was Sir Alex’s last campaign in charge before retiring.

Pogba inspires turnaround to prevent City being crowned champions (2018)

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On the eve of the game, Guardiola dropped the bombshell that Pogba’s late agent Mino Raiola had offered the midfielder to the Citizens.

In typical Pogba fashion, the Frenchman donned a streak of blue dye in his hair for the trip to the Etihad to only add to the subplot.

City were 2-0 up after 30 minutes through goals from Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan and the Citizens were closing in on being crowned champions.

But after an inspired half-time team talk by Jose Mourinho, the twenty-time league champions scored three times in 15 minutes, thanks to a Pogba double and a header from Chris Smalling.

United win Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last trip to the Etihad (2021)

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Having won our last two visits to the Etihad under the Norwegian, United got off to a dream start with Bruno Fernandes scoring a penalty after Anthony Martial had been fouled inside two minutes.

In what was a terrific rearguard display, Luke Shaw went on a gallop after collecting a Dean Henderson throw and after combining with Marcus Rashford, the former Southampton man slotted the ball into the far corner passed a helpless and stricken Ederson to move United nine points behind the leaders.

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