Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United

 

Manchester United came away from arch-rivals City with a sixth EPL draw in 12 games after a dismal encounter which both sides looked too scared to win.

 

Neither created more than a handful of chances in a tight affair which failed to live up to the considerable pre-match hyperbole.

 

United passed the ball better throughout and created the majority of the game’s few opportunities.

 

Nani fired a right-foot free-kick at Manchester City keeper Joe Hart on 14 minutes.

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And, seven minutes later, left-back Patrice Evra played a neat one-two with Park Ji-Sung, the first truly incisive football of the match, before his right-foot shot suffered the same fate as Nani’s.

 

City came closest to breaking the first-half deadlock with their only effort of note, a well-struck curling right-footed setpiece from talismanic striker Carlos Tevez which United keeper Edwin Van der Sar athletically turned aside with his left hand.

 

Dimitar Berbatov came closest for United after half-time when he acrobatically volleyed substitute Wes Brown’s right-wing cross straight at a grateful Hart.

 

While City’s best effort came on 86 minutes when Pablo Zabaleta picked up lively substitute Adam Johnson’s pass and swept past a briefly dozy United defence before firing wastefully across goal.




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