Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

Robin van Persie's late winner sends United six points clear of City after controversial Manchester derby finish

Robin van Persie's late winner sends United six points clear of City after controversial Manchester derby finish

By Mancunian Matters staff

Robin van Persie’s last-minute winner stretched Manchester United’s lead at the top of the Premier League to six points and ended Manchester City’s two-year unbeaten home record at the Etihad.

Wayne Rooney has given Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a two-goal lead at the break – his fourth Premier League goal in a week – before Yaya Toure gave City a lifeline.

The champions thought they had claimed a point when Argentine Pablo Zabaleta made it 2-2 from 20 yards with a fierce drive.

However, van Persie’s deflected free kick in stoppage sealed the 3-2 win for United in a controversial last few minutes of an end-to-end derby.

Rio Ferdinand needed treatment for a cut eye after an object appeared to be thrown from the crowd when celebrating.

And former Red Devil Carlos Tevez – who was named a substitute by boss Roberto Mancini – appeared to kick out at United’s Phil Jones.

The loss for City marks their first defeat since 2010 at home and caps off a terrible week for the Italian after their elimination from Europe.


STRIKE: Robin van Persie scores

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