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Manchester derby memories: Scholes scores late winner at the Etihad

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Every day this week we’ll be re-living a derby day memory ahead of Manchester City’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday. Today: Paul Scholes scores with a last-gasp header to snatch three points in 2010.

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Manchester United made the trip across town to take on Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City on 17 April 2010.

At the time, City were still in the early stages of their transformation into a genuine force within the Premier League, following Sheikh Mansour’s 2008 purchase of the clu. But with the big-money signings of Yaya Toure, Emannuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez, they were very much seen as a threat to United.

So it was a much anticipated encounter, but the match itself failed to live up to its billing; the dull, drab game had inspired just seven total attempts on target, with possession locked at 50-50 going into stoppage time.

A draw would’ve seen United fall three points behind league leaders Chelsea with three games to play, while bringing City within a point of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in their pursuit of Champions League qualification.

United’s best chance had fallen to Wayne Rooney in the first half, but the England striker was unable to convert; while Edwin van der Sar was forced to make a fine save to deny Carlos Tevez from putting the home side ahead.

The Reds were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty in the second half, when Wayne Bridge appeared to handle in the area. City failed to take advantage of a late goalmouth scramble as the clock ticked towards 90 minutes.

But, as was so often the case during the legendary Scot’s 26-year Old Trafford tenure, United came up with the goods in "Fergie time".

Patrice Evra found a pocket of space to the left of City’s penalty area, and his floated cross was met by Paul Scholes, whose flicked header left Shay Given with no chance and pulled United within a point of Chelsea.