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City chasing Old Trafford record

The Manchester derby has been fairly steady over the years with brief periods of dominance for either side.

At Old Trafford, United have enjoyed greater success – as you’d imagine - and overall the Reds are 21 victories ahead in this fixture.

City’s best spell of results away to the Reds was between 1968 and 1974.

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During that run, the Blues were totally dominant, winning six League games and drawing one with a 14-4 aggregate.

Ahead of the 178th Manchester derby, City know victory in Wednesday evening’s clash will mean this current run of results will be the best run ever in United’s backyard.

 

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It represents a major shift of fortunes for the Blues after a previously dreadful run of results at Old Trafford.

City went a painful 34 years without winning once away to Manchester United, losing 14 times and drawing 12.

Ironically, it was former Reds legend Denis Law’s back-heel winner in 1974 that helped confirm United’s relegation to the second tier that proved to be the Blues’ last win in the fixture until 2008.

Such was United’s dominance that between October 1981 and April 2001 they lost just one of 25 league matches, home and away.

On the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, goals from Benjani and Stephen Ireland finally ended the longest winless streak in Manchester derby history with a 2-1 victory for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side.

Though the Reds briefly reclaimed supremacy in the fixture as they went six games without loss, it was spectacularly ended on 23 October 2011 as Roberto Mancini’s City side recorded an unforgettable 6-1 victory.

 

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Of that team, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Vincent Kompany all featured and could well play again in Wednesday’s clash.

To current form (of sorts) and the Blues will take great encouragement from recent trips across the city.

City have lost just once in eight Premier League visits to Old Trafford, winning five and drawing twice since that October 2011 thrashing, with an aggregate on 17-8.

It will take another monumental effort by the Blues to extend that run against a United side licking their wounds from Sunday’s 4-0 defeat by Everton.

But though a victory would equal the fantastic run by Joe Mercer’s City in the late 1960s and early 1970s and, taking into account the goals scored and the calibre of United sides faced over the past eight years, this would effectively make this the greatest run of results at Old Trafford… ever.

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