On this day: Shaun Goater scores Manchester derby brace

Eleven years ago today, Shaun Goater scores twice as Manchester City defeat rivals Manchester United in the last derby at Maine Road.

During his playing days, it would be fair to say that Gary Neville was not the most popular footballer, unless you are a Manchester United supporter that is.

However, the full-back made himself a real favourite among the Maine Road faithful on this very day some 11 years ago.

United made the trip to rivals Manchester City having not lost on their turf since the 5-1 demolition back in 1989 - a run that dated back some seven encounters.

Gary Neville reacts to his mistake that allows Shaun Goater to score for Manchester City on November 09, 2002.© Getty Images

The hosts got off to a perfect start when in the fifth minute their then-record signing, Nicolas Anelka, pounced on Fabien Barthez's failure to hold Shaun Goater's initial shot to break the deadlock from close range.

Their joy would be short-lived, though, as just three minutes later the visitors were level when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sent Ryan Giggs's cross beyond the reach of former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. It was expected that United would go on to dominate the contest, but City, with a helping hand from Neville, regained the lead in the 26th minute.

The United defender appeared to be guiding the ball out of play, but under pressure from Goater, he inexplicably attempted to pass the ball back to Barthez. Goater read his intentions to intercept, before putting his side back in front with a low finish.

Shaun Goater celebrates scoring against Manchester United on November 09, 2002.© Getty Images

Further slack defending five minutes after the restart then saw City put the game out of United's reach. Eyal Berkovic threaded a pass through for Goater, who waited for Barthez to commit himself and then he neatly lifted the ball into an unguarded net. That strike was 'The Goat's' 100th in City colours.

United pushed hard for a route back into the contest - the last Manchester derby at Maine Road - during the remaining minutes, but their afternoon was summed up when substitute John O'Shea missed an open goal in the closing stages.

It would still be a successful campaign domestically for Sir Alex Ferguson's men, though, as they went on to win the Premier League title, while City ended the season in ninth place.

MAN CITY: Schmeichel; Dunne, Wiekens, Mettomo, Jihai; Berkovic (Wright-Phillips 78), Foe, Tiatto (Horlock 88), Jensen; Anelka, Goater

MAN UNITED: Barthez; G Neville (O'Shea 62), Blanc, Ferdinand, Silvestre; Solskjaer, Veron (Forlan 62), P Neville, Giggs, Scholes; Van Nistelrooy

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