Non-league underdogs competed in “Mini Manchester Derby” in front of more than 3,000 spectators.

One of the biggest Premier League derby games took place on Sunday afternoon between Manchester United and Manchester City.

On the strength of a strong run of play, United traveled across the street to face City at the Etihad. But City, who defeated the Red Devils 6-3 in a thrilling contest in which Erling Haaland and Phil Foden each scored a hat-trick, broke the Red Devils’ spirit.

Aside from the Premier League titans, there is another, less well-known derby that occurs between the supporters of the two teams in Manchester. Maine Road FC, named after the club’s former stadium, is City’s supporters team. Over the years, it has faced off against FC United of Manchester, a group of United supporters.

Inadvertently, Man City assisted Man Utd in becoming the dominant force in English football.

And even though the games haven’t drawn the throngs of spectators who will pack the Etihad’s 55,097-seat stadium today, more than 3,000 fans have watched the matches. 3,181 spectators watched the inaugural match between Road and FC United in 2006 at Bower Fold, the home of the Red Devils’ subset.

And FC United triumphed 2-1 in that match. The following 2007 match was held at Gigg Lane in front of 3,605 spectators. And FC United triumphed once more, this time by a score of 3-0.

But in 2009, when the clubs faced off in a friendly, Road exacted revenge. This time, they defeated their opponent 2-1. Additionally, FC United and Salford City recently engaged in another mini-derby.

Since the Class of ’92 ownership group, which included Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, and Ryan Giggs, took over, Salford’s matches with FC United have become more frequent.


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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