Time flies when you’re having fun… well, that’s certainly the case for the blue half of Manchester, in a trophy-laden decade since one of the most iconic games in Premier League history.
Remarkably, Saturday October 23 marks the ten year anniversary of Manchester United’s 6-1 defeat to Man City at Old Trafford – a seismic match in the history of the city’s red and blue rivalry.
It was the Red Devils’ heaviest defeat since the Premier League inception in 1992.
More records were broken, it was also United’s worst home defeat for over 56 years and the first time they conceded six goals at home since 1930.
The Citizens equalled their biggest winning margin in Manchester derbies and this result was a significant milestone under Sheikh Mansour’s ownership, leading to the club’s first Premier League title.
It brought an end to the Red Devils’ dominance of securing multiple league titles as the power shift in Manchester completely changed the landscape of English football.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side could not replicate the victory they produced against their rivals in previous years, and he expressed his frustrations after the game.
“It was a bad day, no doubt about that – it’s our worst ever day,” said the legendary for United manager.
“With the nature of the club, we will come back but the thing that concerns me the most was the goals for and against now – it was ten goals the difference today.
“That was a big blow for us because you never know, goal difference may count. Most years it is in our favour but, at this moment in time, it’s not.”
Fergie’s instincts were later proven right when City’s Sergio Aguero scored his famous last-minute winner against Queens Park Rangers on the final day, to secure Man City a first league title in 44 years – beating United to the crown on goal difference.
talkSPORT.com has a look at the trophies and success that both Manchester sides have accomplished in the decade since that fateful clash, and there’s no question it sparked a changing of the guard.
MANCHESTER UNITED: 4 MAJOR TROPHIES – Premier League (2013), FA Cup (2016), League Cup (2017), Europa League (2017)
Sir Alex Ferguson
Losing the Premier League title to their arch-rivals was painful for Ferguson. With six games of that season remaining, the Red Devils had an eight point lead over City and nobody could have imagined his side would surrender their position of power.
Losing the title in such dramatic fashion meant Sir Alex was determined to win back the crown, with United did the very next season – but that would prove to be Ferguson’s last in the Old Trafford dugout.
The Scotsman’s final major summer transfer coup was striker Robin van Persie from Arsenal for £25m, whose goal scoring form at United helped the Red Devils lift their 20th league title in Ferguson’s final campaign in charge.
And Man United haven’t lifted the Premier League title since…
David Moyes: 2013 – 2014
The 13-time Premier League champions appointed Moyes as Ferguson’s successor and was regarded as the ‘chosen one,’ given his track record at Everton for 11 years.
Despite being hand picked by Fergie, Moyes’ time at the club proved to be a disaster – breaking unwanted records and securing the club’s lowest points tally in the Premier League since its inception in 1992.
He was sacked after his side lost to his former employers, Everton at Goodison Park, with four games remaining – finished seventh and missed out on Champions League for the first time since 1995.
Louis van Gaal: 2014 – 2016
Former Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal came to Old Trafford, after helping the Netherlands reach the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.
He had a solid first season in charge, finishing in fourth position to help the club secure Champions League football once again alongside some memorable victories over Liverpool and Man City.
The following season saw United finish in fifth place and missed out on a place in Europe’s elite competition as their performances were below expectations.
However, van Gaal ended his United career on a high by beating Crystal Palace in the 2016 FA Cup final at Wembley., although the cup triumph wasn’t enough to keep him at the job.
Jose Mourinho: 2016 – 2018
United finished sixth in the Special One’s first season, but went on to win the EFL Cup and Europa League in style
Since Ferguson’s retirement, Mourinho delivered United’s best league campaign by finishing second with 81 points and claimed it as one of his best achievements of all time.
The third season syndrome hit Mourinho once again, after disagreements with the board on summer recruitment and his fall-out with Pogba dominated the headlines.
With just seven wins out of the first 17 games, performances started to decline and the board were left with no other option but to sack Mourinho in December 2018.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer: 2018 – present
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer returned to the club as interim manager and was made permanent boss in March 2019.
In his first full season, Solksjaer’s side were impressive against the top sides, completing league doubles over rivals City and Chelsea. However, United’s results against the lesser teams were costly and they were sitting outside the top four in January.
The arrival of Bruno Fernandes changed the clubs’ fortunes and helped the team to finish in third position. They were also semi-finalists in both domestic cups.
The Norwegian’s second full-season saw his side show some consistency across all competitions but were left short of securing a trophy. The Red Devils were finalists in the Europa League and lost on pens to Unai Emery’s Villarreal.
This season has seen the return of Cristiano Ronaldo,which lifted the spirits at Old Trafford and fans started to believe that the club can finally land the major trophies back at the club.
Time will tell whether this current United side can mount a serious title challenge and end their trophy drought that all the fans are craving for some time.
MANCHESTER CITY: 12 MAJOR TROPHIES – 5 Premier League titles (2012, 2014, 2018, 2019 & 2021), 1 FA Cup (2019) & 6 League Cups (2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021)
Roberto Mancini: 2009 – 2013
The Italian coach built the foundations of an all-conquering team, signing players in key areas who paved the way for further success – the likes of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
The 2012/13 season was a bitterly disappointing campaign, finishing second in the Premier League and being knocked out of the Champions League group phase by finishing bottom.
Mancini’s reign ended when his side lost the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic and there was no way back for him.
Manuel Pellegrini: 2013 – 2016
Manuel Pellegrini was appointed manager in the summer of 2013. He had a brilliant first season in which City surpassed over 100 goals by January across all competitions.
The Chilean won the League Cup and the Premier League in his first full season.
He finished his second season empty-handed, with City runners-up in the league.
Pellegrini stayed at the Citizens for another season and could only deliver another League Cup triumph, beating Liverpool on penalties at Wembley to crown his final season with a trophy.
Pep Guardiola: 2016 – present
The Spaniard joined in July 2016 and, surprisingly, failed to win a major trophy in his first full season in charge at the Etihad.
It was the first time in the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss’ managerial career that he went a single season without a trophy.
He wasted no time in strengthening in key areas of the team in the transfer market, and cleared the deadwood that enabled the team to reach unprecedented success over the next four years.
Guardiola has broken so many records along the way and have become one of the best footballing sides in the world.
Three Premier League titles, four EFL Cups and one FA Cup have been delivered, so far – with the Champions League crown still eluding the Citizens.
They came close last season by losing to Chelsea in the European Cup final back in May, and will look to go one better and lift the trophy that the club are still craving for.
It’s a trophy Guardiola will want, too – he hasn’t won it since 2011.
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