Manchester City (opens in a new tab) put Manchester United (opens in a new tab) in the epee on Sunday, winning the first Manchester derby of the season 6-3 (opens in a new tab) at the Etihad Stadium.
But where does this result rank on the list of the most successful Manchester derbies in the Premier League?
=5. City 2-3 United, November 1993
Manchester’s third Premier League derby saw United claim their first away win against City since 1985 – and they did it in spectacular fashion.
A brace from Niall Quinn sent the hosts 2-0 down at half-time at Maine Road – but United rallied after the break, a brace from Eric Cantona taking it 2-2 before Roy Keane scored a winner in the 86th minute.
=5. United 5-0 City, November 1994
Until the historic three goals from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden on Sunday, Andrei Kanchelskis was the only player to score a hat-trick in a Premier League derby in Manchester.
The Mercurial winger enjoyed perhaps his finest game in a United shirt as he won the match ball after that rout at Old Trafford. Eric Cantona and Mark Hughes scored the other two goals.
=5. City 2-3 United, April 1996
At the end of the 1995/96 season United again won 3-2 at Maine Road (although less dramatically than two and a half years earlier).
Uwe Rosler canceled out Eric Cantona’s penalty but Andy Cole restored United’s lead two minutes later. Ryan Giggs secured all three points in the second half for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side who went on to win their third title in four years.
=5. City 4-1 United, March 2004
Manchester’s first derby at the Etihad Stadium was a memorable one for City, who have recorded just a second victory in 21 meetings with their rivals.
The hosts got off to a dream start as Robbie Fowler opened the scoring within three minutes. Jon Macken doubled his lead just after the half-hour mark, before Paul Scholes brought United back into the game beforehand.
There were to be no U-turns from the visitors this time around as goals from Trevor Sinclair and Shaun Wright-Phillips secured City’s first home win against United since 1989.
=5. City 2-3 United, December 2012
December 2012 saw Sir Alex Ferguson’s last victory in the Manchester derby before his retirement.
With half an hour to play at the Etihad, United led 2-0 thanks to Wayne Rooney’s first-half brace. Yaya Touré netted a goal, before Pablo Zabaleta surely thought he had salvaged a point for City in the 86th minute.
It didn’t: two minutes later Robin van Persie’s deflected free-kick sent the traveling supporters into utter delight.
=5. City 2-3 United, April 2018
Six-and-a-half years later, City were on the wrong end of another 2-3 draw against United – and this time they blew a 2-0 lead.
The visitors were lucky to find themselves trailing just 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan; they showed no signs of returning to the game. That was until Paul Pogba scored a quick brace shortly after the break.
Suddenly the derby was up for grabs again – and it was Chris Smalling who decided it in the 69th minute, handing Jose Mourinho his third victory in five league and cup derbies as United boss.
4. United 4-2 City, April 2015
A Sergio Aguero brace was not enough to prevent Louis van Gaal from leading United to the first of two derby victories under his management.
Aguero put City ahead after eight minutes at Old Trafford but the hosts quickly turned things around thanks to goals from Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini.
Juan Mata and Chris Smalling got on the scoresheet in the second half, with Aguero providing late consolation for the visitors.
=2. United 4-3 City, September 2009
Arguably the greatest Manchester derby of all time was settled by none other than former Liverpool man Michael Owen.
Wayne Rooney wasted no time to run United in two minutes, only Gareth Barry to restore parity 14 minutes later.
The hosts led again early in the second half through Darren Fletcher – but City came back again, this time through Craig Bellamy.
Fletcher might have thought he had won it for United with 10 minutes to go – but, as the clock approached 90, Bellamy joined the Scot to score a brace.
But there was still time for a final twist… In the depths of added time (it was probably “Fergie’s time” now), Ryan Giggs picked Owen, who coldly passed Joe Hart. Cue the roof almost sticking out of Old Trafford.
=2. United 1-6 City, October 2011
That iconic result was one that proved City were no longer just United’s ‘noisy neighbours’; they were bound to reckon with them at the top of the Premier League.
This game also saw one of the Premier League’s most iconic celebrations: Headline-grabbing Mario Balotelli lifts his shirt to reveal the apt message of ‘Why Always Me?’ That goal sent City 1-0 at half-time – before all hell broke loose at Old Trafford.
Two minutes after the break, United defender Jonny Evans was shown a direct red card for a last-man foul on Balotelli – who then doubled City’s advantage on the hour mark.
Sergio Aguero made it 3-0 nine minutes later and, after Darren Fletcher pulled one back for the hosts, two goals from Edin Dzeko and one from David Silva made it an afternoon that fans City will never forget.
Mind you, that wasn’t even their most memorable game of the 2011/12 season, was it…?
1. City 6-3 United, October 2022
The last Manchester derby was another highly entertaining affair – whether you’re a City fan or a neutral.
Not only was it the highest scoring Manchester derby in the Premier League; this is the highest scoring Manchester derby of all time – in all competitions.
Erling Haaland and Phil Foden became just the third duo to score hat-tricks in the same Premier League game and, at one point, it looked like City would record their biggest win against their fierce foes.
With 18 minutes to go, Pep Guardiola’s hosts were leading 6-1, with Antony scoring a brilliant long-range goal for United.
But the reigning Premier League champions couldn’t become the first team to score seven in a Manchester derby – and Anthony Martial’s late brace (the second of which was a superbly struck penalty) prevented it to be a beating of historic proportions for visitors.
It was United boss Erik ten Hag’s first taste of the Manchester derby; it wouldn’t have been smooth.