City beat United 5-1 in a classic match dubbed the Maine Road massacre - an unforgettable day and one of the biggest derby triumphs in decades.
David Oldfield and Trevor Morley each score within the space of a minute to put Mel Machin’s side 2-0 up, sending the 47,000 crowd wild.
Ian Bishop makes it 3-0 before the break with a diving header and though a spectacular Mark Hughes effort makes it 3-1 just after the break, further goals from Oldfield and Andy Hinchcliffe make it 5-1 with just over an hour gone.
There’s no more scoring, but plenty of time for the sell-out crowd to taunt the travelling Reds, many of whom are denied exit when attempting to leave with 30 minutes still to play.
City beat Grimsby 4-0 thanks to goals from Shaun Goater, Darren Huckerby (2) and Steve Howey.
It was our first win in five league matches and proved the be the catalyst for a fine run of form.
We finished the season as winners of the old Division One with 99 points, returning to the Premier League under Kevin Keegan at the first time of asking.
Man City: Weaver, Dunne, Mettomo, Pearce, Howey, Tiatto, Etuhu, Horlock, Benarbia, Huckerby, Goater. Subs: Nash, Wiekens, Dickov, Berkovic, Wright-Phillips.
Grimsby: Coyne, Neilson, Broomes, Gallimore, Groves, Coldicott, Butterfield, Willems, Rowan, Boulding, Jevons. Subs: Croudson, Allen, Campbell, Chapman, Beharall.
Referee: M Cowburn (Blackpool).
Palace held out until the 44th minute before Leroy Sane broke the deadlock and a quickfire double by Raheem Sterling deflated the visitors' initially stubborn resistance.
Late goals by Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph completed a 5-0 rout - the first time since 1958/59 that a top flight side has hit five or more in three successive games.
However, the game was marred by a serious knee injury sustained by Benjamin Mendy.
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