It’s been 10 years since one of the most iconic goals in Manchester United history and it’s still just as incredible as the first time we saw it.
On this day 10 years ago Manchester United faced Manchester City in a nerve-wracking Manchester Derby – it’s safe to say nothing has changed since then.
What did the Starting XI look like On This Day, 10 years ago?
Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red’s lined up in a 4-5-1 formation (one that is rarely played under our current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) and included some of the most successful players in Manchester United history.
Edwin van der Sar
John O’Shea Chris Smalling Nemanja Vidic Patrice Evra
Anderson Darren Fletcher Ryan Giggs Nani Paul Scholes
Whilst the substitute bench included: Anders Lindegaard, Rafael Da Silva, Wes Brown, Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernández and Michael Owen.
It was all to play for as the game approached it’s final 10 minutes. Until… At the 78th minute, Wayne Rooney scored what was to go down as one of the greatest Premier League goals in history, with a legendary overhead kick landing directly into the top left corner of the net, seeing a startled Joe Hart not even flinch to save it.
Though he conjured up an unbelievable 235 goals during his time at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson branded this beauty as the greatest goal scored at Old Trafford, ”It was stunning. Unbelievable. We’ve had some fantastic goals here but in terms of execution, you’ll never see that”. Rooney himself recently stated, “As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in and it’s definitely the best goal I’ve scored”. Understandably so, the goal was the centre-of-attention afterwards and has continued to be regularly spoken about until this day.
Check out the goal from ‘All The Angles’ here (in particular Fergie’s reaction to the goal):
After scoring a goal of his own in the 41st minute and providing the assist for Rooney’s spectacular strike, it was Nani who was awarded Man of the Match. The win proved to be a vital 3 points for United and extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 2 points, above second place Arsenal.
It was only 12 weeks later that Manchester United lifted their 12th Premier League title.
Question: If you could choose one player from the Starting XI from this day in 2011 to join our current team, who would you pick? For me, it would have to be Nemanja Vidic. I would take him out of retirement and put him back on the pitch as our centre back any day!