Manchester City Vs. Manchester United: Manchester Is All Blue

Vincent Kompany scored the lone goal as City defeated Manchester United, 1-0, and moved top of the Premier League table.

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Manchester City Vs. Manchester United, 2012 Premier League: Final Score, Vincent Kompany Wins It

Manchester City now control their own destiny in the race for the Premier League title. They never allowed cross-town rivals Manchester United to get started in their massive Manchester Derby and found one goal in first half stoppage time to take control. It was their only goal and their only great chance, but it didn't matter, as they comfortably held on for a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils.

Alex Ferguson made the surprising decision to keep Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and all three of his first team true center forwards out of the starting XI. He instead opted for Park Ji-Sung and Ryan Giggs as United attempted to keep their shape and deny midfield space and scoring opportunities to their opponents.

For most of the first half, it looked like they were going to be able to pull it off. They were actually the more aggressive side in the opening 15 minutes, but started to back off a bit and worry more about keeping their positioning than winning the ball for the last 30 minutes of the second half. City controlled the game and had plenty of possession around the United box in the first half, but struggled to create scoring chances.

They couldn't break through the Red Devils' midfield and defense from open play, but they created a goal in first half stoppage time from a corner kick. Samir Nasri provided the delivery, with Vincent Kompany providing the finish. He rose up above Chris Smalling to win a very well-hit ball by Nasri and powered the ball into the back of the net with a header from six yards, putting his team ahead 1-0 at the break.

Even though his team struggled to create chances in the opening 45 minutes and they were in serious need of a goal, Ferguson did not opt to make any halftime changes. His team continued to struggle going forward after the break, prompting him to make his first change in the 58th minute by bringing on Danny Welbeck for Park. Valencia and Young would come on later in the half for Nani and Paul Scholes, but failed to make much of a difference for their side going forward.

City didn't look in much danger in the closing minutes when United should have been pushing as hard as possible for an equalizer, and created chances late in the game. In the 88th minute, De Gea made a great low save on a shot by Gael Clichy. Nasri had an excellent chance to seal the win for his team and erase any doubt in the 89th minute, but took too long to shoot from the edge of the six-yard box and eventually gave the ball away when it was easier to shoot.

In the end, City's failure to capitalize on their late chances didn't harm them. United continued to fail to test Joe Hart, allowing City to walk away from the derby as 1-0 winners. The Red Devils managed just four shot attempts in the match and did not hit the target once. United and City are now level on top of the Premier League with 83 points, but they have a seven-goal advantage on the Red Devils on goal differential. If the Citizens don't drop points in their last two matches, they will lift the Premier League title.

You can find our earlier coverage of the match in our Manchester Derby StoryStream. You can also can the low down on the two teams at United blog The Busby Babe and City blog Bitter and Blue.

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Manchester City Vs. Manchester United, 2012 Premier League: Halftime Score, Vincent Kompany Has Citizens Ahead

UPDATE: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United, Final Score

Apologies to those who haven't enjoyed the previous low-scoring Manchester Derbies, but this was one of those for the first 45 minutes. There weren't any goals until stoppage time and the game hass been light on chances, but that didn't keep the game from being entertaining. Both teams have defended very well and it's been a very interesting match tactically, even without any scoring, but a Vincent Kompany goal has added a bit more spice. Manchester United appeared to be defending well enough to take a 0-0 draw into halftime, but Kompany's header in stoppage time has the Citizens up 1-0 at the break.

Man United got off to a great start, pressing in the midfield to win the ball back and start quick counter attacks in the opening 15 minutes of the match. Around that mark in the game, things shifted a bit, with City starting to pass the ball better and give it away less. Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick stopped getting aggressive in the tackle around that mark, preferring to hold their positions. This let City have much more of the ball, but didn't give them much of anywhere to go.

City had a couple of solid chances in the 36th minute, but weren't able to convert. Sergio Aguero had a chance at a volley from 12 yards out, but skied his effort over the crossbar. Under a minute later, Pablo Zabaleta had a great chance from close range, but his shot was partially blocked by a United defender, allowing De Gea to collect the ball easily.

In trademark United style, they started to look for a goal on the counter a little bit more in the final five minutes. They had a couple of half chances, but City's defenders stayed alert and didn't allow the Red Devils to test Joe Hart. It appeared that City would have to go into halftime without a goal, despite their dominance in possession, but they finally struck with a set piece goal in stoppage time.

On a corner by Samir Nasri, Kompany rose up and beat Chris Smalling to the ball, then powered a fantastic header past De Gea and into the back of the net from six yards out. That goal should be a massive game-changer that causes both managers to adjust their tactics, and of course, City will be on top of the Premier League if the result holds.

Alex Ferguson has plenty of attacking options on his bench, and he'll likely use one or two of them shortly, perhaps even at halftime. Strikers Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are both available, as are wingers Nani and Ashley Young.

For live coverage of tonight's match, check out the Manchester Derby StoryStream. You can also can the low down on the two teams at United blog The Busby Babe and City blog Bitter and Blue.

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Manchester City Vs. Manchester United, 2012 Premier League: Kompany Gives City Lead

Well that's a thing. Manchester City take the lead at the Etihad Stadium! It's been coming, too. Since a fast start Manchester United haven't done much of anything, and City have been looking increasingly confident going forward. David Silva creates a wonderful opportunity when his reverse pass plays in Samir Nasri on the right, and although the former Arsenal man sees his cross blocked by Patrice Evra, the hosts manage to score from the resulting corner.

It's Vincent Kompany who gets the goal, with Chris Smalling completely failing to track his clever run. Once the big centre back managed to get his head to the ball, it was never going anywhere but into the back of the net - David de Gea had no chance whatsoever. It's a great time to score as far as City are concerned, and that'll really deflect United as we go to halftime.

For live coverage of tonight's match, check out the Manchester Derby StoryStream. You can also can the low down on the two teams at United blog The Busby Babe and City blog Bitter and Blue.

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Manchester City Vs. Manchester United, 2012 Premier League: Lineups

Sir Alex Ferguson has changed up his team shape for the biggest match of the season. Manchester United normally play in a 4-4-1-1 with Wayne Rooney in the hole behind a dedicated striker, but it looks like they're shoring up the midfield here, with Park Ji-Sung appearing in midfield as the visitors arrive in what appears to be a 4-3-3. Manchester City, meanwhile, throw out their usual shape, with the controversial figure of Carlos Tevez anchoring the forward line.

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Joe Hart; Gael Clichly, Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta; Gareth Barry, Yaya Toure; Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez, David Silva; Sergio Aguero.

Substitutes from: Costel Pantilimon, Micah Richards, Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov, Mario Balotelli, Jamies Milner, Nigel de Jong.

Manchester United (4-3-3): David de Gea; Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones; Park Ji-Sung, Michael Carrick, Paul Scholes; Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Nani.

Substitutes from: Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck, Rafael da Silva, Antonio Valencia, Ben Amos.

For live coverage of tonight's match, check out the Manchester Derby StoryStream. You can also can the low down on the two teams at United blog The Busby Babe and City blog Bitter and Blue.

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