Another interesting side to the game is that it brings back the intense rivalry between two old foes in Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. As we look forward to the game this weekend, here are the top seven highest goal scorers in Manchester derby history;
One of Manchester United’s few true stars between the wars, Joe Spence’s scintillating wing play made “Give it to Joe” the most regularly aired terrace chant during his 14 years at Old Trafford. Indeed, such was his stature in football, he was known locally as ‘Mr Soccer’.He scored eight times in fourteen appearances for Manchester United against their arch rivals.In total, he made 510 appearances and scored 168 goals for the club.
He obviously needs no introduction to the fans of football today. The Argentine has been spectacular in not just the Manchester derby but whenever he plays against any team. Known specifically as 90+4, the Argentinian will unfortunately wait till next year to add to his Manchester derby tally as he has been suspended for this weekend’s game due to his incident with West Ham’s Reid in the last round of premier league games.
With a virtually unblemished derby record and goals in every start against City, Eric Cantona quickly became a penchant for the Blues, and never was his contribution more important than during United’s faltering pursuit of a first Premier League and FA Cup sweep.The Frenchman – who had been sent off in both his previous appearances – sauntered back from a five-match ban to soothe the champions’ nerves in style and was always carrying Manunited to victory.He ended up scoring eight goals in just seven appearances against the Blues.
The 1967/68 campaign would go down in history as one of United’s greatest seasons, but only after it had been salvaged by victory over Benfica in the European Cup final. The balance of power within Manchester was shifting, and Busby’s reigning First Division champions would end the domestic campaign dethroned by Joe Mercer’s Blues, and would go on to win just two of the next 16 derbies. Bobby Charlton is still known as a hero till date due to his all round exploits for Manchester United.
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Hayes was a regular goalscorer in the late 1950s and early 1960s, until a knee injury occurring in September 1963 had a noticeable effect on his abilities, after which first team opportunities became limited. Two goals from Hayes in 1955, just a teenager at the time, helped inflict an humiliating home mauling on the ‘Busby Babes’. Hayes went on to become City’s third highest scorer of all time.
Joe Mercer once described Francis Lee as the final piece of the jigsaw. In his first season he helped City to the title in May 1968, ahead of a United side that would be crowned kings of Europe. He scored 16 goals that term – including the decisve goal in the 4-3 win over Newcastle on the final day of the season.
Wayne Rooney wrote his name all over this fixture with one of his best goals ever at Old Trafford, a sublime overhead kick that finished off a decent City challenge in the 78th minute and kept United’s title charge on track. Overall, Manchester city are one of Wayne Rooney’s opponent and Manchester United fans will be hoping the England captain is in form and leads the team to victory this weekend.