Updated: Friday, 29th May 2020 @ 6:20am

'Special' victory for Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United end derby rivals City's unbeaten home record

'Special' victory for Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United end derby rivals City's unbeaten home record

By Pippa Field

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson labelled the victory over rivals Manchester City as ‘special’ after a late Robin van Persie strike moved them six points clear in the Premier League.

Van Persie’s stoppage time deflected free-kick earned United a dramatic late win after second half goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta appeared to have earned City a draw.

The win for the Reds – who raced into a two-goal half time lead thanks to a Wayne Rooney double – ended City’s two year unbeaten league home record, leaving Ferguson delighted.

“I’ve not known many more dramatic days than that,” he said.

“We’ve done it in the past against City, but today was a special one simply because they’re unbeaten at home for two years and contending the top of the league.

“It was a fantastic game, you couldn’t take your eyes off it. I think we were worthy winners – we played very well.”

Rooney’s two strikes within the first half hour saw him bag his 150th league goal as well as surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton as United’s goal scorer in Manchester derbies with ten.

But with United seemingly comfortable, the game changed on the hour mark as Toure slotted in Carlos Tevez’ pull back.

The goal came seconds after United’s Ashley Young had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside following van Persie’s shot against the bar, and Ferguson was keen to highlight it as a turning point.

“Up to that point I thought we were far better,” he added.

“I thought we should have finished the game off. It’s a funny game football.

“Instead of being three nil up, where the goal was perfectly onside, they go up and score.

“That’s the kind of game it is, where football can kill you and kick you in the teeth that way.

“And then they’ve scored the second goal. At that moment in time they deserved that, there were fighting well and they gambled everything with three strikers.”

Van Persie – who was the subject of interest from City over the summer – saw his 90th minute free kick fly in off the heels of Samir Nasri to spark wild United celebrations.

It also saw Rio Ferdinand seemingly hit by a coin thrown from City supporters in the crowd, but although disgusted by the action, Ferguson preferred to concentrate on their victory.

“It’s unfortunate a City fan runs on and coins are thrown,” he explained. “That shouldn’t happen, it’s problem.

“As for today, I’m going to dismiss it from my mind because it was such a good game.

“It was so engrossing. It tells you about the quality of the Premier League, it’s such a great league.”

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