Premier League matchweek 11 would see two bitter neighbours take each other on in the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford. The Manchester derby between the red and blue side of Manchester would be the 186th of its kind across all competitions. Just three points separate the two teams in the league table so the importance of this game shouldn’t be undermined.
With another Manchester derby around the corner in the Premier League, we’re looking at the top players who flourished in this fixture over the years.
WAYNE ROONEY (Manchester United)
The top scorer of the Manchester derby is interestingly a scouser in Wayne Rooney. Wazza, as he is fondly known, has scored 11 goals in this fixture which is the highest. Apart from the number of goals he has scored, the moment that will forever be associated with this fixture would be the spectacular bicycle goal he scored back in the 2010-11 season.
SERGIO AGUERO (Manchester City)
One of Manchester City’s modern-day greats, Sergio Aguero had to make our list, such has been his impact on this fixture as well. He has nine goals in the Manchester derby and that makes him the fourth-highest goalscorer of the fixture. Aguero got his first goal against United back in 2013 in a 4-1 win over their arch-rivals. Though his most significant moment came not in the Manchester derby but on the final day of the 2011-12 season when he scored a late winner at Queens Park Rangers (QPR) to deny United the Premier League title and get City their very first.
ERIC CANTONA (Manchester United)
The first Manchester derby after the creation of the Premier League back in 1992-93 was won by Manchester United and making his United debut was the charismatic Eric Cantona. The Frenchman would go on to score eight goals in the next four seasons in this fixture. He finished as the tied sixth-highest goalscorer in the Manchester derby.
SHAUN GOATER (Manchester City)
Feed the Goat and he will score was the chant Manchester City fans used to sing when Shaun Goater was on the pitch and he invariably did against Manchester United. Goater scored three goals in his career against United including a double in City’s 3-1 win back in 2002.
PAUL SCHOLES (Manchester United)
An interesting name on this list is United’s legendary midfielder, Paul Scholes. He started off as a goalscoring midfielder but soon transformed into a world-class number eight for the Red Devils. 1995–96 was the last season of the millennium which brought a Manchester derby, as City were relegated at the end of the season. The first derby of the season came at Old Trafford in mid-October with a 1–0 win for United in which Paul Scholes scored his first of the fixture. He went on to score six more post that game.