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United Scores Late to Deny City in Thriller

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Manchester United have moved to a position of strength at the top of the Premier League. They will cherish their six-point lead over the team that caused them so many hardships last season but that tells only a part of the story of a match that saw Rio Ferdinand's eye split open, purportedly by a missile thrown from the crowd, and a Manchester City fan running on to the pitch to try to get to him.

 

Sir Alex Ferguson's team had just reminded us of their remarkable habit for scoring late, decisive goals and it ended acrimoniously. The pitch invader was wrestled to the ground but a Football Association inquiry is inevitable because of the scenes that came after Van Persie's free-kick took a slight yet crucial deflection off Samir Nasri's...

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