Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City - McNulty's chaotic classics

Balotelli celebrates against Manchester United
Balotelli celebrates against Manchester United

Phil McNulty, Chief football writer for BBC Sport

Premier League, 23 October 2011

This is the one Manchester City fans still sing about and a scoreline that does not even touch the sides as far as the game is concerned.

City led by Mario Balotelli's goal (and his famous 'Why always me?' t-shirt) at half-time. Jonny Evans was sent off at the start of the second half for fouling the Italian, who then doubled the lead before Sergio Aguero added a third.

United, encouraged by Darren Fletcher's late goal, adopted attacking tactics when manager Sir Alex Ferguson said they should have just taken their medicine, allowing Edin Dzeko to score twice and David Silva to get on the scoresheet with three goals in the final minutes.

Ferguson's words about his team letting the score get out of hand proved prophetic. City secured the title on goal difference with Aguero's iconic winner in stoppage time against QPR on the final day of the season.

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