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Man City are on a par with Man Utd - Mancini

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Eastlands

Manchester City and Manchester United fought out a dour derby that failed to live up to expectations at Eastlands.

United were the more composed side as they extended their unbeaten Premier League start to 12 games - but the failure to capitalise on a greater share of possession meant Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the table to four points, courtesy of their win against Fulham.

Roberto Mancini's Manchester City lacked craft and guile, failing to seriously trouble United's defence, although the tireless Carlos Tevez brought a fine first-half save from Edwin van der Sar with a 20-yard free-kick.

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United's best chances came when Patrice Evra burst into the area only to shoot straight at Joe Hart, while Dimitar Berbatov also tested the City keeper with an overhead kick after the break.

Sir Alex Ferguson, without Ryan Giggs in a Manchester derby for the first time in 19 years, will be satisfied with United's overall display, but may regard it as a opportunity lost given his side's superiority on the ball.

City, for their part, could never exert any authority, despite the hard running of Tevez, although the late - arguably too late - introduction of Adam Johnson almost created a winner for Pablo Zabaleta, who wasted a presentable opening.

A limp first 45 minutes betrayed the lively exchanges in the build-up, with barely a chance worthy of the name as caution ruled Eastlands.

The visitors were more comfortable in possession, and one such passage of play led to an opening for Evra inside the area, but his finish was too close to Hart.

Tevez, such a central figure in Manchester derbies these days, had been contained comfortably by Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, but almost came out of his shell to break the deadlock after 35 minutes.

He curled a 20-yard free-kick towards the top corner, but Van der Sar was able to move his left and claw his effort away in relative comfort.

Vidic content with Manchester derby point

United continued to look the more ordered side after the break, and when Berbatov was on target with a bicycle kick, Hart was perfectly positioned to make the save.

As in the opening period, both teams seemed incapable of carving out clear chances and the respective managers made changes in an attempt to break the deadlock, with Johnson replacing James Milner for City and United's emerging young striker Javier Hernandez coming on for Berbatov.

City finally got a clear sight of Van der Sar's goal with four minutes remaining when Johnson's pass fell kindly for Zabaleta, but his effort was too high to trouble Van der Sar - and it would have been harsh on United had they snatched a winner.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 0-0 Man Utd FT
(HT 0-0)

      Man City

      Substitutes

      Man Utd

      Substitutes

      Ref: FoyAtt: 47,210
      MAN CITY
      MAN UTD

      Possession

      • Man City 48%
      • Man Utd 52%

      Attempts on target

      • Man City 4
      • Man Utd 4

      Attempts off target

      • Man City 2
      • Man Utd 3

      Corners

      • Man City 8
      • Man Utd 5

      Fouls

      • Man City 10
      • Man Utd 12
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:46 The referee signals the end of the game.
      • 90:00+3:03 Free kick taken by Vincent Kompany.
      • 90:00+3:03 Substitution Emmanuel Adebayor on for Carlos Tevez.
      • 90:00+3:03 Foul by Ji-Sung Park on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded.
      • 90:00+0:08 Corner taken by Luis Nani, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
      • 88:49 Michael Carrick takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in. Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Gareth Barry.
      • 85:53 Shot from deep inside the area by Pablo Zabaleta clears the crossbar.
      • 84:17 Luis Nani takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in.
      • 81:39 Corner taken by David Silva.
      • 80:38 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani played to the near post, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
      • 79:43 Substitution Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Jerome Boateng.
      • 77:03 Direct free kick taken by Wes Brown.
      • 77:03 Substitution Javier Hernandez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dimitar Berbatov.
      • 77:03 Gareth Barry challenges Michael Carrick unfairly and gives away a free kick.
      • 75:47 Gareth Barry has an effort at goal. Blocked by Michael Carrick.
      • 75:23 Corner taken left-footed by David Silva, Michael Carrick makes a clearance.
      • 71:41 Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
      • 71:41 Substitution Adam Johnson replaces James Milner.
      • 71:41 Booking Wes Brown goes into the referee's book.
      • 71:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Milner by Wes Brown.
      • 67:21 Outswinging corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line played to the near post. Shot from just outside the penalty box by Gareth Barry misses to the left of the target.
      • 67:21 Substitution John O'Shea on for Patrice Evra.
      • 65:01 The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Fletcher. Joe Hart takes the indirect free kick.
      • 64:01 Carlos Tevez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rio Ferdinand. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
      • 60:25 Corner from right by-line taken by Luis Nani. Luis Nani delivers the ball, clearance made by Pablo Zabaleta.
      • 59:38 The ball is sent over by Luis Nani, Joe Hart makes a save.
      • 56:57 Carlos Tevez takes a shot from 18 yards. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
      • 56:01 Dimitar Berbatov has an effort at goal. Joe Hart makes a save.
      • 50:53 Patrice Evra concedes a free kick for a foul on David Silva. Carlos Tevez takes the free kick.
      • 48:16 Substitution Wes Brown replaces Rafael Da Silva.
      • 45:01 The second half begins.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+2:26 The players leave the pitch at half time.
      • 45:00+1:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nemanja Vidic on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. The free kick is delivered left-footed by David Silva from right wing.
      • 45:00+0:14 Foul by Carlos Tevez on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.
      • 44:57 Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
      • 42:28 Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
      • 42:28 Booking Paul Scholes shown a yellow card.
      • 42:17 Paul Scholes challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick.
      • 40:45 Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Nemanja Vidic. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
      • 37:24 Ji-Sung Park fouled by Nigel De Jong, the ref awards a free kick. Ji-Sung Park takes the direct free kick.
      • 33:59 Unfair challenge on James Milner by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Carlos Tevez from the free kick, save by Edwin Van der Sar. Outswinging corner taken by James Milner.
      • 33:29 Corner taken left-footed by David Silva to the near post, Luis Nani makes a clearance.
      • 32:13 James Milner fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
      • 31:47 Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by David Silva results in a free kick. Rio Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
      • 31:07 Dimitar Berbatov gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. James Milner restarts play with the free kick.
      • 30:33 Corner taken short by James Milner.
      • 30:07 James Milner takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
      • 24:25 Outswinging corner taken by David Silva from the left by-line. Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Carrick.
      • 20:37 Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Unfair challenge on Gnegneri Toure Yaya by Ji-Sung Park results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jerome Boateng.
      • 19:55 David Silva challenges Rafael Da Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rafael Da Silva takes the free kick.
      • 17:07 Unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Pablo Zabaleta takes the direct free kick.
      • 15:30 Michael Carrick has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
      • 14:32 Luis Nani takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Nigel De Jong.
      • 13:06 Jerome Boateng gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher. Strike on goal comes in from Luis Nani from the free kick, Joe Hart makes a save.
      • 9:57 Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
      • 6:35 James Milner crosses the ball, Foul by Carlos Tevez on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
      • 2:55 Unfair challenge on David Silva by Luis Nani results in a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:28 Paul Scholes challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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      Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 10 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 12 23 28
      2 Man Utd 12 11 24
      3 Arsenal 12 13 23
      4 Man City 12 5 21
      5 Newcastle 12 5 17
      6 Bolton 12 1 16
      7 Tottenham 12 -1 16
      8 Sunderland 12 -1 16
      9 Liverpool 12 -2 16
      10 Aston Villa 12 -3 16
      11 West Brom 12 -5 16
      12 Everton 12 2 15
      13 Blackburn 12 -1 15
      14 Blackpool 12 -7 14
      15 Fulham 12 0 13
      16 Stoke 12 -5 13
      17 Birmingham 12 -3 12
      18 Wigan 12 -12 11
      19 Wolves 12 -9 9
      20 West Ham 12 -11 8

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