United and City share derby spoils

Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League standings following their goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

  • Manchester United 0 Manchester City 0
  • United denied penalty after handball
  • Lingard hits woodwork late on
  • Hart denies Smalling the winner
  • First goalless draw in 12 derby ties

Match Summary

United had the best chances in the 170th Manchester derby but it was a rather tame affair, which produced just one shot on target from each team.

The crowd had to wait until the final 10 minutes to witness the first clear-cut chances on goal, with the hosts coming closest to breaking the deadlock when Jesse Lingard struck the crossbar with five minutes remaining on the clock.

City goalkeeper Joe Hart then came to the visitors' rescue at the death when he made a superb one-handed save low to his left to deny Chris Smalling a late winner.

The point was enough to take the Citizens back to the league summit, ahead of Arsenal on goal difference, while the Red Devils remain two points adrift of their neighbours in fourth spot.

Full Report

Neither keeper was troubled in a first half devoid of any real action as the attacking talents of Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling were mostly anonymous.

United were denied a penalty in the opening 45 minutes, though, when a ball in from Juan Mata appeared the strike Fernandinho on the arm, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on.

Yaya Toure was presented with two opportunities just before half-time, but he failed to work David De Gea on either occasion, while Smalling was unable to direct his header on target from Mata's corner six minutes after the restart.

The closing stages of the second half finally saw some real action as Mata was almost played in by Marcos Rojo's low clearance, but Hart was quick off his line to get to the ball ahead of the Spaniard.

Jesus Navas then tested De Gea from outside the area on 82 minutes following Aleksandar Kolarov's ball in from the left, while Lingard was only fractionally away from opening the scoring three minutes later as he latched onto Martial's clipped ball into the danger area, but saw his volley came back off the crossbar.

Smalling had a chance to steal all three points for Louis van Gaal's side on 88 minutes when Marouane Fellaini headed a cross into his path, but Hart pulled off a fine diving save to deny the defender.