With football currently coming to a halt, let’s take a look at the 139-year-old rivalry between Manchester’s two giants – Manchester City and Manchester United! 

The two clubs have been rivals with each other for years with their first meeting dating all the way back to 1881. Manchester United, who were known as Newton Heath then, beat Manchester City 3-0 at Hyde Park. Since then the two sides have played 182 Derby games. Manchester United have won 76 of the encounters, with Manchester City winning 54 of them. The two teams have drawn 52 times.

Both sides have gone through very successful periods in their history, with United winning 66 major trophies in comparison to Man City’s 26. Recently though, Manchester United’s major honours have stalled with City becoming the dominant footballing side in Manchester.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United won the Premier League 13 times. Since then, their best finish has been second. It was no coincidence that the tide started to turn with Ferguson’s departure. In the same time, Manchester City has put millions into their squad and has won the league four times.

Bragging rights in the city are huge and when the two clubs play each other, the whole world watches.

Premier League History

When the Premier League first started back in 1992, the two clubs were at opposite ends of the table. Manchester United were winning titles, whilst Manchester City were fighting to stay up. City went as low as what is now the equivalent of League One in 1998 and returned to the Premier League for good in 2002.

By this point, United had won six Premier League trophies – more seasons than City had actually played in Premier League (5). It looked like it would be a long way off before City would be on top in Manchester.

In 2008, Abu Dhabi United Group took over the ownership of Manchester City and this was the start of the most competitive rivalry the two clubs have seen. The new owners invested heavily in the squad and it paid off.

The first real indication of City closing in on Manchester United was in 2011 when they hammered United 6-1 at Old Trafford. They later went on to win the league that season beating United to it with a 94th-minute winner from Sergio Aguero.

Since their first title in 2011/12 Manchester City have gone on to win three more, the most recent of which was 2018/19. Manchester United won just one more in 2012/13.

2019/20 Premier League Season

In the current season, Manchester City are way ahead of Man United in the table. Before the season was suspended due to the Coronavirus, City were 12 points higher and three places above their rivals in second place.

However, if the season re-starts, Man United could end the season the happier of the two sides. They have done the double over them in the league and with City facing Champions League expulsion, United could go in instead of them.

The Rivalry Going Forward

Both sides are looking to win some form of European trophy this season. United are favourites for the Europa League with City the favourites for the Champions League. Now United have shown they are capable of beating City again we can expect the rivalry to become even more intense.

Both sides will be looking to invest in their squads again this summer and hopefully give Liverpool a proper challenge for the title next season.



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