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The referee ends the match after a remarkable conclusion. Van Persie won the match for United with a late free-kick but there will be plenty more said about the problems that followed from the crowd after the winner. Stay with us for all the reaction.
Barry is booked for a late challenge on Rooney. Not long left now.
GOAL VAN PERSIE! Van Persie's free-kick takes a deflection and beats Hart at his right hand post to put United back ahead. The away side lead 3-2 right at the end of this clash.
United react to the equaliser by making a change as Cleverley is replaced by Danny Welbeck.
GOAL ZABALETA! The corner isn't properly cleared by United and Zabaleta takes advantage to fire home a half-volley from just inside the box. Great finish from the defender to pull City level.
United also make a change with Phil Jones replacing Valencia.
Yaya Toure's match is over now as we welcome Dzeko to the field.
City have every right to feel frustrated as a storming run down the right from Yaya Tore is stopped in full flow. The referee pulled play back to book Rooney but he should have waited.
GOAL YAYA TOURE! Oh my! De Gea denies City with a fantastic double save but the danger isn't over and Yaya Toure fires the ball home. United now lead 2-1 and we have game on!
City make the expected change with Tevez taking the place of Balotelli. Straight down the tunnel for the Italian after a frustrating game.
The change now happens with Smalling taking the place of Evans.
We get closer to the second half with Gabriel writing; 'City need to get at United now. I think they need to control the midfield the way they did up until Rooney's goal. Unfortunately for them they haven't got any attacking midfielders on the bench but if they can win this midfield battle and score the next goal early, they may yet be in with a shout. I'm sticking 1-2 though.'
City are now out to 10/1 with Sky Bet to win this match. United are the 1/5 favourites and the draw is 5/1. Among the price boosts are United to win 4-1 at 18/1, Yaya Toure to score next at 9/1 and Aguero to score next & a final score of 3-3 at 80/1. That last one would make for an entertaining second half.
The referee blows his whistle to end the first half. United lead 2-0 after taking control following City's bright start. Will we see Dzeko or Tevez for the hosts after the break? Thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOAL ROONEY! Rafael's low cross from the right finds Rooney on the edge of the six-yard box and the striker easily turns his shot home. Great work from the full-back to create the chance that gives United a 2-0 lead.
City do make the change and the really bad news for them is that Vincent Kompany is the man to make way for Kolo Toure. That's an injury Roberto Mancini really could have done without.
GOAL ROONEY! United break and go 1-0 up as Rooney takes control of Young's pass and sends a low shot home into the bottom right hand corner of Joe Hart's goal. Fair to say that has come against the run of play.
David offers us two scorelines for the game: 'Will be a brilliant, exciting game. Utd's defence is looking weak so they are likely to concede early on, and play out the half that way, with 1-0 being the half time score. Utd to go for it in the second half, whihc or may not pay off, with Utd either getting lucky and winning 1-3, or City taking advantage, counter attacking, and winning 3-0.'
Sky Bet get ready for this crunch clash by offering 7/1 for Mario Balotelli to score and reveal any message on a T-shirt. Go to www.skybet.com for the mountain of markets available on Super Sunday.
A shout out goes to Chris Owen for being the first to e-mail in and let us know Andrei Kanchelskis was the last man to score a hat-trick in the Manchester derby. His treble came for United way back in a 5-0 win over City in 1994. Will there be a hat-trick hero today?
If you enjoyed the movie Jerry Maguire and have a soft spot for Prince Charles then this update from the good people at Sky Bet will be to your liking: Jon Witty of the Leeds-based firm says: 'Man City are 23/20 to win their third successive Manchester derby in the Premier League, with United 11/5 and the draw 5/2. We expect to see more support for the visitors ahead of the clash with punters fancying Sir Alex Ferguson's men to extend their lead at the top of the table. With Tom Cruise in attendance, top guns Robin van Persie and Carlos Tevez have both been price-boosted to 11/2 to open the scoring. Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero are both to score enhanced to 10/1 in our 'Sunday Best' special media special. In much more pressing news, any player to score & reveal a t-shirt congratulating royal pregnancy is our most popular request-a-bet special at 100/1!'
Tom Symons writes: 'Massive game for both clubs. As a united fan this is key to regaining momentum back from City. RVP could prove a pivotal signing and should give us the edge today. If we can win the midfield battle we will win the game. With both defences being frail, both teams won't want to make a mistake and this could be they're undoing!'
Good to hear from Gabriel as he gets the e-mails started off by writing: 'So excited for today's game, can't wait to watch it, and I think you've got as much chance of calling it right by tossing a coin as predicting. I'm gonna go with my gut and say 2-1 United - I think Rooney will have his match fitness back now and van Persie will rise to the big occasion.' Send your thoughts to email@example.com with plenty more coming your way before we get started at 1330 GMT.
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