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Manchester derby: History, when, where and how to watch Manchester Utd v Manchester City

The Manchester derby between Manchester City and Manchester United is one of the most famous local rivalries in not just English football, but also the world game.

United largely dominated the duel until recent years when City have taken control, propelled by their greater investment and, in contrast to previous spells during their rivalry, stability in the dugout.

The Citizens won both Premier League meetings during the 2023/24 season but United have a chance to get revenge when the pair meet in the FA Cup final for the second straight season.


Manchester derby date

City claimed a 3-0 victory when the two sides met in the first Manchester derby of the 2023/24 season at Old Trafford on 29th October, 2023 and backed it up with a 3-1 home success at the Etihad on 3rd March, 2024.

They meet again in the FA Cup final on Saturday 26th May. This will be the second straight season in which the pair have met in the Wembley showpiece, the Citizens winning last year's final 2-1.

Manchester derby location

Both the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford host Manchester derbies. 

However, neutral venues have been used in the past for the latter stages of the two domestic cup competitions, as well as the Community Shield, with Wembley the most common, including hosting their meeting in the 2023 FA Cup final.

Manchester derby how to watch

Premier League matches between the Manchester rivals are usually shown on either Sky Sports or TNT Sports.

However, Saturday's FA Cup final will be broadcast on free-to-air terrestrial television, with both BBC One and ITV1 showing the match.

How many times has the Manchester derby taken place?

The Manchester derby is one of the longest-running derbies in world football, with the pair having met on 192 occasions.

Manchester derby head-to-head record

United have won on 78 occasions, with City triumphing 61 times and the pair drawing 53 games. 

The two had never met in a major final before last season’s FA Cup final, although they had clashed in numerous semi-finals.

Players who have played for both

In total, 40 players have played for both clubs. Denis Law, a hero of United's 1968 European Cup win, famously scored the winner for City at Old Trafford in 1974.

Another member of United's victorious side of 1968 was Brian Kidd, who scored the final goal in the 4-1 win over Benfica.

Kidd played for City between 1976 and 1979 and also served as an assistant manager under both Roberto Mancini and Pep Guardiola - having previously been Sir Alex Ferguson's number two at Old Trafford in the 1990s.

Carlos Tevez famously crossed Manchester in 2009.

Law and Kidd's boss Matt Busby played for City but managed United, while Steve Coppell and Mark Hughes did the opposite.

The only manager to have coached both clubs is Ernest Mangall, who was in charge of United between 1903-1912, before switching to City, who he managed from 1912 to 1924.

Manchester derby most appearances

The player to have made the most appearances in Manchester derbies is Ryan Giggs.

The Welshman spent his entire playing career at United, representing the Red Devils from 1990 to 2014.

During that time, he made 36 appearances in Manchester derbies.

Manchester derby record goalscorer

Again it is a United player who has scored the most goals in Manchester derbies.

Wayne Rooney scored 11 times while representing the Red Devils against the Citizens.

There are two City players who have scored 10 times, 1956 FA Cup winner Joe Hayes and 1967/68 First Division winner Francis Lee.

Sergio Aguero almost matched that benchmark, with his nine goals the same number as United icon Bobby Charlton.

Of the active players on both sides, City duo Phil Foden and Erling Haaland have both scored six times, while United's Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have each netted five goals.

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