Mini Manchester Derby saw non-league minnows play in front of over 3,000 fans

Manchester United and Manchester City locked horns on Sunday afternoon in one of the Premier League's biggest derby games.

United travelled across the road to face City at the Etihad on the back of an impressive run of form. But the Red Devils' spirit was crushed by City who defeated them 6-3 in a pulsating game that saw Erling Haaland and Phil Foden bag successive hat-tricks.

But there's another lesser known derby that has takes place in the city of Manchester away from the Prem titans between supporters of the two sides. City's supporters team, Maine Road FC, named after the club's old stadium, have gone up against United's fan collective FC United of Manchester a few times over the years.

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And even though the matches haven't attracted the masses of fans who will fill the Etihad's 55,097 maximum capacity stadium today, over 3,000 supporters have watched the games. The first match between Road and FC United was held in 2006 at Bower Fold – home of the Red Devils' subset – in front of 3,181 supporters.

And FC United won that game 2-1. The following match in 2007 was played at Gigg Lane and had 3,605 fans in attendance. And FC United emerged on top again with a 3-0 victory that time.

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But Road got revenge in 2009 when the club's met in a friendly. This time round they won the game 2-1. And in recent times, another mini derby between FC United and Salford City has also been played.

Salford, owned by the Class of '92, matches with FC United have been more frequent since the group complied of Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, took over.


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