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5 golden oldies that LOVED scoring for Man City against Man United

We've picked out five Manchester City heroes from the early 00s who loved scoring against their arch rivals.

It’s the relatively small matter of the Manchester derby this evening.

Both sides of the city can boast an embarrassment of riches and safely say they’re two of the biggest clubs in world football.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola come face to face in the Manchester derby on Thursday

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Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola come face to face in the Manchester derby on Thursday

But that wasn’t always the case.

City’s ‘noisy neighbours’ tag came about because they were, in effect, United’s little, annoying brother that pretended to be a threat.

And while the blue half of Manchester has seen silverware aplenty since their Thai takeover in 2008, they used to have a pretty decent record against their arch rivals beforehand anyway.

Here are five City icons and cult heroes that enjoyed themselves against United in the early 00s…

1 Shaun Goater – 3 goals

Goater celebrates scoring in 2002

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Goater celebrates scoring in 2002

Feed the Goat and he will score, and against United he invariably did.

Goater is one of the most recognisable names and faces in Premier League history and used to fill his boots against the men in red, including a double in City’s 3-1 win back in 2002.

The Bermudian hitman formed indisputably the most potent attacking duo of exclusively Central American strikers in top-flight history with Paulo Wanchope.

2 Robbie Fowler – 3 goals

Fowler and Neville regularly didn’t see eye to eye

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Fowler and Neville regularly didn’t see eye to eye

As a boy from Merseyside nobody will have enjoyed scoring against United more than Fowler.

City went through a phase during the mid-00s of regularly swatting away their neighbours at the Etihad, and Fowler scored in back to back home wins in 2004/05 and 2005/06.

3 Darius Vassell – 2 goals

Vassell donned City’s one-off kit for the Munich air disaster

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Vassell donned City’s one-off kit for the Munich air disaster

Vassell might be one of the worst players to earn a cap for England, but he liked to burst United’s bubble during a pretty successful City career.

The striker famously scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on the 50-year anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

4 Shaun Wright-Phillips – 2 goals

Wright-Phillips was one of Europe’s hottest talents at one stage

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Wright-Phillips was one of Europe’s hottest talents at one stage

The kid who had it all but, like so many, moved to Chelsea and sacrificed success for money.

Wright-Phillips was a regular tormentor of United during that fertile period in the mid-00s, including a stunning individual goal in the 4-1 win at the Etihad in March 2004.

Returned to City in 2008 after three years in London and is currently still playing for Phoenix Rising in the MLS.

5 Trevor Sinclair – 2 goals

Sinclair punishes hesitant United defending

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Sinclair punishes hesitant United defending

A man for eye-catching goals, Manchester derbies brought the best out of Sinclair like it used to for so many former City players.

Like Fowler, he scored in back to back home derbies in 2004/05 and 2005/06, including in that 4-1 rout that effectively ended United’s chances of catching Chelsea in the title race.