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The hosts were the first to test the opposition goalkeeper, calling Joe Hart into action after just three minutes when Danny Welbeck flicked a header towards the near post. However, the England keeper got across to comfortably save his compatriot's effort.
City's first real chance came in the 26th minute when Samir Nasri picked up a loose ball in the area, but he skewed his effort well wide when he should have done better.
United came within inches of breaking the deadlock just before half time when Van Persie flicked the ball on to Rafael da Silva, only for the Brazilian to see his shot deflect off the woodwork on its way behind.