Sunday football as it happened

Live text commentary as Liverpool win at West Ham after Manchester United defeat rivals City and Everton stun Spurs.

9 December 2012 Last updated at 18:43

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  1. 1842: 

    So that it is for another day.

    From Big Ron to Top Gun Tom Cruise, the great and good have enjoyed a superb day of football which ends with Manchester United in pole position to win back their league title.

    See you all again soon.

  2. 1840:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Upton Park:West Ham 2-3 Liverpool

    "It was Liverpool's day, a second away win of the season for Brendan Rodgers' men after two second-half goals in a three-minute spell. It was almost a fairytale finish for Liverpool's Jonjo Shelvey who was born in Romford and started as schoolboy at West Ham. But the final touch came off James Collins and means it has to go down as an own goal."

  3. 1839:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison Park:Everton 2-1 Spurs

    "David Moyes's Everton take all three points and go above Spurs and into the top four after a late turnaround. Andre-Villas Boas's team took the lead and then two dramatic late goals have won it for Everton."

  4. 1839:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the EtihadMan City 2-3 Man Utd

    "The scoreline and the ramifications only tell part of the story. It was a Manchester derby which had the lot. Just as City thought they had rescued a point, a winner came from the boot of Robin van Persie."

  5. 1838: 

    Three epic games today. One of the better days of Premier League action that I can remember. Here's what happened...

  6. 1834: 

    Saturday 6 April, 2013.

    That is the next Manchester derby as United host City at Old Trafford. There will only be six league games of the season left after that one, so pencil it in as another pivotal game.

  7. 1832: 

    Mousy from Liverpool on text via 81111: "Forget Stoke, West Ham are the long ball team of England!"

  8. 1828: 
    West Ham 2-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was a brilliant win for us. West Ham have been terrific this year. Sam has done a great job. I thought our team were outstanding.

    "We were unfortunate to concede the penalty, I don't know what Joe Allen can do to avoid that. Maybe the roar of the crowd made the referee change his mind, and it was a very harsh decision for us.

    "We've threatened to score three, four and five goals through most of this season, but through not being ruthless or having bad luck we haven't scored as many as we would have liked. "

  9. 1825: 
    West Ham 2-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool forward Jonjo Shelvey:

    On the Reds' winner: "I'm going to claim it. But the main thing is getting three points. Now we've got a few home games so we can kick on."

    On playing in a more advanced attacking role: "I'm not a stranger to that role but it is about the team today and the team did well."

    On Liverpool's future: "The new manager has come in and installed a different style. It's very exciting to be involved in. The longer the season goes on, the stronger we will become."

  10. 1824: 

    Just the 13 goals in our three Permier League games today then. All three home sides scored twice but Everton were the only ones to pick up a win in front of their home fans. Goal of the day has to go to Glen Johnson. Wonderful hit.

  11. 1820: 

    Suspended Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after his club's victory against West Ham on Twitter: "Great Liverpool!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS to all my team-mates for this great win!!!!! YNWA Grande Liverpool!!!..."

  12. 1819: 
    West Ham 2-3 Liverpool

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce: "You are never in control of a game completely against a Liverpool side.

    "We've just got promoted and are on a good run of form, but certainly the expectation of the fans are high after beating Chelsea.

    "But we knew it would be difficult. What we did in the first half I wanted us to do in the second half.

    "Then we lost Diame with a hamstring injury which didn't help. We lost some of our forward momentum."

  13. 1819: 

    Matt in Oxford on text via 81111: "Only four points separate Norwich in 12th and the top-four! How our teams do against the other giants of Europe isn't the issue, this is undoubtedly the best league in the world."

  14. 1819: 

    Something for your diaries later on - Lionel Messi can break Gerd Mueller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year when Barcelona take on Real Betis at 2000 GMT. Messi is on 84 for 2012 and should be fit tonight after an injury scare against Benfica in midweek.

  15. 1814: 
    West Ham 2-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool's Joe Cole on Sky Sports after scoring against his former club: "It's an important win for us because West Ham were only three points above us.

    "It's always nice to come back to your old club and it was a good win for us. I've scored a few goals against West Ham and I've never celebrated.

    "But the most important thing was getting the win."

  16. 1814: 

    Maitiu Conlan on Twitter: "Four points behind fourth? I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm looking at seven points behind third."

  17. 1814:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Sensational day of football. Great games with late drama. MOTD2 a must watch 2225 GMT on BBC1. P.S. not my gig, running order nothing to do with me."

  18. 1813: 
    James Collins and Jonjo Shelvey

    Jonjo Shelvey will have to wait for his second Premier League goal after that winner was changed to a James Collins own goal. The midfielder put in a reasonable display as an emergency striker though.

  19. 1808: 

    Paul in Dundee on text via 81111: "Will have to turn my widescreen TV on its side next time West Ham are on. So many long punts. Can't remember Collins passing the ball all second half."

  20. 1808: 

    It was Raheem Sterling's birthday yesterday - the Liverpool winger was 18. He had another strong game this afternoon, he could be a real star over the next decade or so.

  21. 1806: 

    John Burke in Harrow on text via 81111: "It's all well and good saying that Liverpool are only four points off the top four but you could also say that for Stoke, Norwich, West Brom, Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham and Swansea are at least within that distance. It's not as easy as it looks."

  22. 1804: 

    The top half of the real Premier League table is incredibly tight.

    As Ryan Turner says, Liverpool are just four points off the Champions League places. The nine teams from Everton in fourth to Norwich in 12th are separated by four points.

    European football is up for grabs to half of the league.

  23. 1801: 

    Michael Hutchings on Twitter: "Such a battling performance from the Reds! We don't have the fire power but found a way to win, really good signs!"

    Nathan Dunleavy on Twitter: "What an absolutely fantastic day of football... Three games, full of drama. Classics, all three of them."

    Ryan Turner on Twitter: "Liverpool four points off fourth place, so much for this massive decline that they are in and they won't get near the top-four."

  24. 1759: 

    The state of Spurs' bad habit of conceding late goals is summed up in a table from our friends at Infostrada Sports which shows what the table would look like if games ended on 80 minutes.

    Andre Villas-Boas's side would be top on 34 points, ahead of Manchester United and Manchester City.

  25. 1757: 

    An exhausting day of late drama, three superb games and plenty of talking points. We'll be digesting this Sunday well into next week.

  26. 1756: 

    So Liverpool are into the top half of the Premier League for the first time this season. A big win helped by their contingent of ex-Hammers.

  27. 1756: 
    FULL-TIME- West Ham 2-3 Liverpool
  28. 1753: 

    Ricky G from Whalley on text via 81111: "If Liverpool win they're only four points off the top four, get a decent striker bought in the January window and anything can happen!"

  29. 1751: 

    Jonjo Shelvey is off on a mazy run into the area, he goes down as Winston Reid makes a desperate tackle but there is nothing given - was that a penalty? I think Reid may have got a slight touch on the ball but it's hard to say.

  30. 1749: 

    Can we have a stoppage-time goal for a third game today?

  31. 1748: 

    Jonny Lancaster on Twitter: "Diame's hamstring was not built to endure carrying 10 West Ham players and walking all over 11 of Liverpool's for 70 mins."

  32. 1746: 

    Modibo Maiga challenges Pepe Reina for a high ball but the Liverpool keeper does well to punch it clear. Raheem Stering is then almost in at the other end but Jussi Jaaskelainen comes out of his area to slide tackle him. Two minutes remain.

  33. 1745: 

    We are into the last five minutes at Upton Park, where Liverpool are closing in on a rare away win.

  34. 1745: 

    That third goal has now been given as a James Collins own goal.

  35. 1744: 

    Dom Gemski on Twitter: "Believe it or not, Henderson has been the difference."

    Peter Hutton on Twitter: "West Ham are worse than Arsenal at keeping their players!!!"

    James Butler on Twitter: "Enrique off, two goals conceded, Diame off, two goals conceded. Important players?"

  36. 1743: 

    Three brilliant games today - it will be some Match of the Day 2 later on. Late drama everywhere so far.

  37. 1741: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes now and West Ham are understandably shocked by that double whammy. Can Sam Allardyce's men respond again?

  38. 1738: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-3 Liverpool - James Collins OG (79 mins)

    This is ridiculous now - that's three ex-Hammers who have hurt West Ham as former youth teamer Jonjo Shelvey helps put Liverpool ahead. Jordan Henderson crosses low from the right and Shelvey gets there just ahead of James Collins. It's a fortunate finish as the ball spins up off of Collins' toe and loops slowly over Jussi Jaaskelainen before finding the net.

  39. 1735: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-2 Liverpool - Joe Cole (76 mins)

    Well bang goes that stat. Joe Cole is the second former West Ham man to score against the Hammers this afternoon, and this is a lovely move. Jonjo Shelvey lays the ball off to Raheem Sterling, who finds a through pass to Cole running into the area. Two defenders close in on Cole but he delays his shot perfectly to avoid a challenge before finding the far corner with his left-footed strike.

  40. 1735: 

    We are into the last 15 minutes at Upton Park - which is significant for Liverpool as they remain the only team yet to score in the final 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season.

  41. 1733: 
    Everton 2-1 Spurs

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "It's difficult to take and in the end we didn't deserve this. We didn't see it coming."

  42. 1733: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand after an eventful Manchester derby on Twitter: "What a result, three points! Sweet! Whoever threw that coin, what a shot! Can't believe it was a copper 2p. Could have at least been a £1 coin!"

    You can read about the incident Rio was tweeting about on the BBC website.

  43. 1732: 

    West Ham send on James Tomkins in place of the stricken Mohamed Diame.

  44. 1732: 

    Kyle in London on text via 81111: "Liverpool are playing as if they are 2-1 up and looking for a nice goal to add to their lead where as West Ham, who could sit back, are playing as if it is them who need the equaliser! Wakey wakey Liverpool!!!"

  45. 1731: 

    Major bad news for West Ham. Mohamed Diame - who has been excellent - sees his hamstring ping as he is running at full speed. He hits the deck and a stretcher is immediately called for. Game over for Diame and possibly Christmas off.

  46. 1730: 

    Jordan Henderson is what is in Liverpool's locker. He is on in place of Lucas Leiva.

  47. 1729: 

    We are into the last 20 minutes at Upton Park. What have you got in the locker Liverpool?

  48. 1728: 

    Phil Kennedy on Twitter: "Let's face it we have Downing on with Joe Cole and no recognised striker with Gerrard having a shocker, of course we going to lose!!!"

  49. 1727: 

    Liverpool stir, as Joe Cole dummies a cross from the left, letting the ball run through his legs, and Raheem Sterling comes in behind him to fire in a shot which Jussi Jaaskelainen has to tip over the top.

  50. 1726: 

    It's been a bad day for former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, who suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon injury in a 4-2 away win at Torino that will rule him out for the rest of the season.

  51. 1724: 

    Joey O'Brien causes chaos in the Liverpool defence with a run and cross down the right but Glen Johnson just about gets it away. West Ham looking good.

  52. 1720: 

    West Ham attack with vigour down their left as Carlton Cole holds up the ball brilliantly before running away from Martin Skrtel. His low cross is heading for Matt Taylor in the middle but is well cut our by Daniel Agger.

  53. 1719: 
    Everton celebrate

    Everton's late fightback means that they are unbeaten in their last six Premier League home matches against Spurs, since a 2-1 loss in February 2007.

  54. 1716: 

    Word reaches us that Liverpool's Jose Enrique came off with a hamstring injury. Stewart Downing - who has gone back to left-back - is now also struggling with an arm problem.

  55. 1715: 

    Spurs have now conceded 10 goals in the final 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season, more than any other team. That is a bad habit to be in.

  56. 1712: 
    Everton 2-1 Spurs

    Everton manager David Moyes: "It was the right conclusion. We found ourselves 1-0 down after playing really well. The effort and commitment the players showed was terrific. When you get to the 90th minute you think this isn't going to be your day but credit to the boys as they kept going."

  57. 1711: 

    Liverpool are trying to find a way back into this game with some patient probing but West Ham look rock solid. Liverpool's lack of any recognised strikers certainly isn't helping.

  58. 1708: 

    Injured Everton captain Phil Neville on Twitter: "Yyyeeesssss what a win boys. Great fight back - Jela Jela-Vic doing WHAT he does best!!!"

  59. 1707: 

    West Ham are proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with under Big Sam - especially at home. They get through so much work in that midfield and have really stopped Liverpool from playing after that early goal.

  60. 1706: 

    Jack Curtis Denton on Twitter: "Liverpool are the football equivalent of Amir Khan. Good football/boxing, no knockout power and very chinny."

    Matt Weeks on Twitter: "As soon as Cole came on for Enrique our downfall was inevitable just what does Rodgers see in him and Downing? Useless."

    Jamie Lee-Kent on Twitter: "Stop talking about how bad Liverpool and Chelsea have been, and actually compliment West Ham. We are massive over-achievers."

  61. 1704: 
    KICK-OFF- West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    The second half is off.

  62. 1704: 

    West Ham make a change at the break as George McCartney comes on for Guy Demel.

  63. 1703: 

    The players are back out for the second half at Upton Park. Can Liverpool get back into this game? Captain Steven Gerrard is wearing the troubled expression of a man who has just realised he may have left the back door unlocked.

  64. 1702: 

    A great shout by the way from Ash Gassab at 1630. Top, top tipping.

  65. 1658: 

    So Everton are through the 1000 goal barrier in the Premier League, with Steven Pienaar bringing it up with a fine header. He timed his run so well, David Platt would have been proud of that one.

  66. 1657: 

    Trilochan King on Twitter: "Everton the new Manchester United..."

  67. 1656: 

    I've not seen David Moyes celebrate quite so much as that for a while. What a turnaround from Everton, and a very good win.

  68. 1656: 

    Adam, a Spurs fan from Corby on text via 81111: "I'm not a stereotypical AVB basher but we concede so many late goals because if we get our noses in front he always makes defensive minded subs and encourages teams to come at us... So frustrating!!!"

  69. 1654:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Everton have really struggled to get quality balls into the box this afternoon but Coleman delivered a great one there for Pienaar to equalise.

    "Jelavic has then stepped up right away to put Everton into a deserved lead but Tottenham have thrown this away. Everton have drawn a lot of games this season but all of a sudden they've put two decent balls into the box and look what has happened."

    You can hear commentaryof Everton v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  70. 1654: 
    FULL-TIME- Everton 2-1 Spurs
  71. 1653: 

    Steven Burton on Twitter: "Gerrard has been really off the pace in this game and that caps it off. Age catching up to him?"

    Richard Thiardt on Twitter: "Dear Roman, for Christmas I would like you to buy Diame to replace Mikel for Chelsea. Thanks."

    Kebabmon on Twitter: "West Ham are good value for a win today. Liverpool can't keep the ball in the opposition's half!"

  72. 1653: 

    So Everton are heading into the top four now. What a few minutes that was...

  73. 1650: 
    GOAL- Everton 2-1 Spurs - Nikica Jelavic (90 mins)

    It's not a point for Everton - it's all three! Remarkable. Another cross from the right is Spurs' undoing as substitute Apostolos Vellios turns the ball on and Nikica Jelavic toe-pokes the half volley into the corner. Pandemonium at Goodison. This Premier League is boring isn't it?

  74. 1648: 
    GOAL- Everton 1-1 Spurs - Steven Pienaar (90 mins)

    Steven Pienaar rescues a point for Everton against his old club with a great header. Pienaar is not even in the box when Seamus Coleman stands up a cross from wide on the right but Pienaar times his run to perfection to meet the ball powerfully and head past Hugo Lloris. Great arrive.

  75. 1648:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Upton Park:HALF-TIME- West Ham 2-1 Liverpool

    "An own goal by Steven Gerrard separates the two sides after a lively first half that had started so well for Liverpool thanks to Glen Johnson's spectacular goal. Mark Noble's penalty gave the Hammers a route back into the game before Gerrard headed into his own net. It should be a fascinating second half."

  76. 1648: 

    Brendan Rodgers shakes his head on the touchline. Liverpool have been turned over by West Ham here, much like Chelsea were the other week.

  77. 1646: 

    Rick Nash on Twitter: "A Steven Gerrard own goal? This really is a Man United fan's Christmas Day."

  78. 1645: 

    We are into the last few minutes at Everton then where Spurs look like taking all three points.

  79. 1644: 

    Spurs almost make the game safe at Goodison Park as substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson bends in a shot from 25 yards which beats Tim Howard buts comes back off the crossbar. Great effort from the Icelander.

  80. 1642: 
    GOAL- West Ham 2-1 Liverpool - Steven Gerrard OG (43 mins)

    West Ham turn it around to lead as we approach half-time. Matt Jarvis delivers the cross from wide on the left and Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger collide to send the header past Pepe Reina and into the corner.

  81. 1640: 

    Spurs are into fourth place as it stands, and they have just under 10 minutes to hold on.

  82. 1639: 

    Matt Taylor goes in very high on Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling and is shown the yellow card. That nearly cut Sterling in half.

  83. 1639:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Dempsey's goal against Everton was against the run of play as Tottenham have not done anything in this game. Distin was very, very unlucky to deflect the shot and Tim Howard was very, very unlucky to see it deflect over him."

    You can hear commentaryof Everton v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  84. 1636: 
    GOAL- West Ham 1-1 Liverpool - Mark Noble (36 mins)

    Mark Noble levels the scores with a superb penalty, hitting the side of the net. Unsavable.

  85. 1636: 

    Another harsh penalty award. Guy Demel crunches in a shot on the volley after Liverpool half clear a corner, and the ball hits Joe Allen on the arm from a few yards away. The force of the shot almost breaks Allen's arm - and the referee points to the spot. His arm was protecting his face but he was very close to the shot.

  86. 1634: 
    GOAL- Everton 0-1 Spurs - Clint Dempsey (76 mins)

    Spurs lead through a goal from nothing. Clint Dempsey takes the ball beautifully with a touch and turn into space before shooting early. The ball nicks up off the toe of Slyvain Distin and floats over the head of Tim Howard.

  87. 1632: 

    Leon Osman is not giving up on finding a winner for Everton. He has had plenty of efforts on goal this afternoon and sends in another one left-footed which Hugo Lloris dives down well to turn away.

  88. 1632: 

    Jonjo Shelvey is playing up front for Liverpool today and he tackles like a striker here, nipping at Mo Diame and earning a yellow card in the process.

  89. 1630: 

    Ash Gassab on Twitter: "Got a feeling Jelavic is going to settle this for Everton."

  90. 1629: 

    We are into the last 20 minutes at Goodison Park, where Everton can go fourth with a late winner. Spurs are looking organised enough at the back though.

  91. 1627: 

    Liverpool are forced into an early change as Jose Enrique is forced off with an injury. Former Hammer Joe Cole comes on so Stewart Downing will go back to left-back.

  92. 1626: 

    Everton are back on top and Leon Osman should do better here. Aaron Lennon switches off and doesn't track Leighton Baines, the England left-back then picks out Osman on the edge of the box but he lifts his shot way over the bar.

  93. 1623:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter:

    "Interesting how many City fans seem to have lost patience with Balotelli. That @alanhansen06 has an irritating habit of being proved right."

  94. 1622: 

    Jonjo Shelvey is certainly leading the line for Liverpool today, he is right up top through the middle. Liverpool are taking control of the game in midfield.

  95. 1621: 

    Stuart in Liverpool on text via 81111: "Johnson is the best right back in the Prem by a country mile. Anyone who watches him regularly knows this. Technically he's the best English player too, bar none."

  96. 1620: 

    Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini gets up to flick a header towards goal but the Belgian can't get any power in his effort and it's an easy save for Hugo Lloris. We are into the last 25 minutes at Goodison Park.

  97. 1618: 

    Spurs have had a good spell but now Everton mount a decent attack. Again Marouane Fellaini is the conductor as he almost springs the back four but Leighton Baines can't gather the Belgian's pass,

  98. 1617:  
    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker talking about Samir Nasri's role in Robin van Persie's winning goal for Manchester United on Twitter:

    "I think Nasri is the first professional footballer I've seen be so obviously afraid of being hit by a ball."

  99. 1617: 

    There is one game in the Football League today, with Burton playing Accrington in League Two. The score is 1-0 to Burton early in the second half with Billy Kee scoring the only goal from close range. James Beattie had been named in the Stanley line-up after scoring three goals in his first four games for the club, but the 34-year-old suffered an injury in the warm-up and was replaced in the starting XI by Padraig Amond.

  100. 1616: 

    Damian McGrath on Twitter: "As a United fan - quick thanks to Mancini for not starting Tevez and Dzeko. Cheers."

    Brendan Williamson on Twitter: "Flatmates would be excused for thinking a wild primate had got in after the noises I've just made... What a strike!"

    Tufael Siddique on Twitter: "Great goal from Glen Johnson. Best right back in the Premier League?"

  101. 1615: 

    And Liverpool almost go 2-0 ahead after more great play from Glen Johnson. Johnson skins Matt Jarvis down the right before getting his head up and picking out Raheem Sterling in the middle. The teenager makes good contact with the shot but sends it just wide.

  102. 1614: 

    Spurs line up an elaborate free-kick 30 yards out, the ball is rolled to Jan Vertonghen and the Belgian hammers in a shot which Tim Howard has to tip over. That was travelling at a fair rate of knots.

  103. 1612: 

    Glen Johnson must have it in for West Ham - he has now scored in his last three consecutive Premier League matches against them.

  104. 1612: 

    Alex in Falmouth on text via 81111: "Spain famously played without a striker in the Euros. Liverpool should not follow suit. Shelvey is no Fabregas, Allen is no Xabi Alonso, Downing is no Iniesta. At least give young Morgan a chance."

  105. 1610: 
    GOAL- West Ham 0-1 Liverpool - Glen Johnson (11 mins)

    What a goal this is! Glen Johnson bites the hand that used to feed him as the ex-Hammer puts Liverpool ahead in fine style. The right-back just takes aim from 25 yards and bullets a shot into the top corner. Unstoppable.

  106. 1610: 

    Spurs have been on the back foot but they go close to breaking the deadlock now. Sandro lets fly from a long way out, it hits Sylvain Distin on the back and spins wide.

  107. 1608:  
    Former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane talking about the half-time withdrawal of Kevin Mirallas on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think as a substitute Naismith will bring hard work and experience. I thought Mirallas was Everton's best player in that first half, though.

    "That was a great chance for Naismith, and maybe he just did not concentrate enough when hitting it."

    You can hear commentary of Everton v Tottenham on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  108. 1607: 

    In London, West Ham are very close indeed to an opener. Mohamed Diame picks up the ball 30 yards out, cracks off a shot which hits team-mate Carlton Cole on the back and spins agonisingly wide of the opposite corner with Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina a spectator.

  109. 1606: 

    And Everton threaten from the set-piece! Leighton Baines hits the wall, he shoots on the rebound and it runs through for substitute Steven Naismith to stab wide on the stretch. A good chance that.

  110. 1605: 

    Everton win an early free-kick as Leon Osman is upended by Sandro.

  111. 1604: 
    Man City 2-3 Man Utd

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney: "There is desire and passion at the club, and under Sir Alex we never know we're beaten. It's no fluke how many games we've won late on. We know it could be in injury time or in the first minute. You've got to keep on pushing."

  112. 1603: 
    KICK-OFF- Everton 0-0 Spurs

    The second half is back under way.

  113. 1603: 

    Rikard from Stockholm on text via 81111: "Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers really thinks that Jonjo Shelvey can do the job up front today? What's all that about?!?"

  114. 1603: 

    Everton make a change at the break as Steven Naismith comes on in place of Kevin Mirallas.

  115. 1602: 

    Former Manchester United and Manchester City goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on Twitter: "I've got my breath back, my pulse is stable and my blood pressure is back to normal. Fantastic."

  116. 1601: 

    Bright start for Liverpool as Steven Gerrard shoots from the edge of the box but it is deflected away for a corner. West Ham get it away.

  117. 1600: 
    KICK-OFF- West Ham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Game on at Upton Park.

  118. 1559: 
    Man City 2-3 Man Utd

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "We won the league with the last touch of the ball last year. This can happen. But we didn't deserve to lose this game. We played very well.

    "For 20 minutes they didn't touch the ball and the first chance they got they scored a goal. We recovered very well and we dominated the second half. We wanted to win the game and we had chances. We have showed we are a really strong team and we can win this title again. We can't win always. There is a moment when you lose at home and it happened today. But the season is a long one."

  119. 1555: 
    West Ham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Sky Sports: "There is no doubt you miss someone of the suspended Luis Suarez's quality but Jonjo Shelvey has done fantastic in that role before.

    "We are improving game by game and the players have been fantastic adapting to everything we have asked of them. We arrive here in confidence."

  120. 1555: 
    LINE-UPS- West Ham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien, Taylor, Diame, Nolan, Noble, Jarvis, Cole. Subs: Spiegel, McCartney, Tomkins, Maiga, Spence, O'Neil, Moncur.

    Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Allen, Lucas, Gerrard, Sterling, Shelvey, Downing. Subs: Jones, Cole, Henderson, Coates, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Morgan.

    Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

  121. 1554: 

    Kick off at Upton Park is five minutes away. Where are the goals coming from in that Liverpool team?

  122. 1552: 
    West Ham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is wary when asked before kick-off against Liverpool about whether his side can repeat last week's win over Chelsea. "We have got to be very careful - there is lots of expectation," Allardyce said. "We want to achieve again what we did last week, which was to beat one of biggest teams in Europe, but I have said to the players to have a bit of caution and look what happened to Swansea - they won at Arsenal last week but lost at home to Norwich on Saturday. I said to them not to expect [it to happen], but to make it happen against a team that is going very well."

  123. 1548: 
    Man City 2-3 Man Utd

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson: "It's unfortunate that a City fan runs on and coins are thrown. That shouldn't happen. The same thing happened at Chelsea, which was masked by all the other things. We could have done without that.

    "At Chelsea, We had half a seat thrown on the pitch, coins,lighters, and nothing done about it. It's a problem. As for today, I'm going to dismiss it from my mind because it was such a good game. You couldn't take your eyes off it today, it was so engrossing. It tells you about the quality of the Premier League, it's such a great league."

  124. 1548:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison Park:HALF-TIME- Everton 0-0 Spurs

    "Everton and Tottenham have gone toe-to-toe and there is not a great deal to choose between them. In terms of clear-cut chances, there have been few and far between."

  125. 1547: 

    Alex from Luton on text via 81111: "Liverpool have no chance without Suarez. West Ham will be their nemesis team."

    Stefan on text via 81111: "It's not the six points that United are in front in the table, it's the fact United have been to Stamford Bridge, Anfield, St James, Goodison and the Etihad that makes us firm favourites now."

  126. 1545: 

    Everton want a penalty for handball against Clint Dempsey but replays show that it strikes the American on the top of the shoulder. Moments later another cross hits William Gallas and the fans want a spot-kick again but nothing is given.

  127. 1545: 

    Everton continue to be on top against Spurs, and should they score it will be their 1000th in the Premier League.

    Bizarrely, it was the Belgian Marouane Fellaini who notched Everton's 800th and 900th goals in the league, in home games against Wigan Athletic (April 2009) and West Ham (January 2011) respectively. Surely he can make a strange treble?

  128. 1542: 
    Man City 2-3 Man Utd

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Sky Sports: "I have not known many more dramatic days than that. Today was a special one as City had not lost for two years in the Premier League at home.

    "You could not take your eyes off it. I thought we played very well.

    "We had a goal that was perfectly onside ruled out, and they go up the pitch and score. That is the kind of game football is and it can kill you and kick you in the teeth.

    "They deserved to come back when it was 2-2, but up to that point, I thought we were far better than them."

  129. 1540: 

    Everton's Marouane Fellaini is unplayable at times. The big man shields the ball well before rolling away from a defender and playing in Leon Osman who is bursting into the area. He gets a left-footed shot away but the new England cap is off target.

  130. 1539: 
    Man City 2-3 Man Utd

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie on Sky Sports: "We had a really good start thanks to Wayne, and then we were in control. City always come back, we knew that, and it is a really special way to end this game in a dramatic way with the three points.

    "Wazza asked if I was going to shoot or cross from the free-kick, and I chose to shoot.

    "It was a great atmosphere and everyone was supporting their team. But what you say happened to Rio should not happen on the football pitch."

  131. 1539: 

    Aman Sheth on Twitter: "United: Ending unbeaten runs since forever. First Arsenal, then Chelsea, now City."

  132. 1538: 

    Seamus Coleman sets off on a run down the right and he is brought to the floor by an old-fashioned clothesline from Jan Vertonghen. Giant Haystacks would be happy with that one.

  133. 1537: 
    Man City 2-3 Man Utd

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Sky Sports: "It is a fantastic feeling, it is a great day for us and we are now six points clear. We have waited a long time for this and we know how much it means for the fans.

    "It was a difficult angle at the end but Robin has the ability to do it. Thankfully, he did.

    "It is great to score here, but I am scoring for United and enjoying it. They have had a great home record and to stop it is a great feeling.

    "It was crazy. It has been like that all season for us, and we were hanging on at the end."

  134. 1535: 

    I'm expecting a lot of reaction to all the key incidents from that Manchester derby - I'll be bringing you all the best quotes shortly. There's certainly plenty to discuss...

  135. 1532: 

    Everton really pressing Spurs all over the pitch, and when they get the ball they move it really well. Twice now Marouane Fellaini gets the ball in a good area out wide but he can't find the delivery required.

  136. 1530: 

    Jon on text via 81111: "First victory at Stamford Bridge for a while now a first win at the Etihad for a while. Strong feeling this is United's season."

    Lawrence in London on text via 81111: "Here's a suggestion to football fans. If you don't think you can handle watching the opposition score. If you think it means you're going to throw something or give the players abuse, perhaps stay at home."

    Sofia in Stonehouse on text via 81111: "RVP is just simply class. A man for the big moments!"

  137. 1530: 
    West Ham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey knows it will not be easy to replace the suspended Luis Suarez in the Reds attack against his boyhood team. "Luis is a world class striker so everything he touches goes in," said Romford-born Shelvey, who grew up supporting the Hammers and played for their youth team. "I played there against Young Boys (in the Europa League) and I thought I did all right. I did a job for the team. It is difficult to adjust because you have your back to your opponent all the time whereas in midfield you can see in front of you, so it is difficult in that respect. It is a different type of fitness as well but I'll be ready for it."

  138. 1528:  
    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "There's no doubt from City's point of view they were much a better team when Balotelli, who didn't look interested, ran down the tunnel and Tevez came on. And then we had a proper Manchester derby."

    You can hear reaction tothe Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  139. 1527: 

    Everton remain on top at home to Spurs, with Seamus Coleman rattling a shot wide on the break. Steven Pienaar then also goes wide from range.

  140. 1526: 
    West Ham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    West Ham make two changes from the team that started last week's win against Chelsea, with Mohamed Diame and Matt Taylor, the men who inspired the Hammers' second-half fightback, coming in for the men they replaced at half-time of that match - James Tomkins and Gary O'Neil.

    Stewart Downing comes in for the suspended Luis Suarez in Liverpool's only change from last weekend's win over Southampton. Jonjo Shelvey is expected to be pushed further forward in place of the absent Uruguayan. Steven Gerrard starts after recovering from the illness that kept him out of Thursday's Europa League win over Udinese.

  141. 1525:  
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at Upton Park:West Ham v Liverpool (1600 GMT)

    "West Ham have lost only once at home in the Premier League this season and will be eager to get at Liverpool as they search for a big-name scalp for the second week running. Liverpool arrive on the back of European success and a win last week over Southampton, but they've managed just one away win so far and the lack of striking options caused by Luis Suarez's suspension won't help their chances of securing a second."

  142. 1525: 

    If our other two games can produce a third of the drama from that one we'll be lucky...

  143. 1524: 

    Manchester United go six points clear at the top of the table after a huge win. That is Manchester City's first home defeat in the league since 20 December 2010.

  144. 1524: 
    FULL-TIME- Man City 2-3 Man Utd
  145. 1523: 

    Carlos Tevez is a lucky man here - he kicks out at Phil Jones on the touchline and is not booked. I don't know how he gets away with that!

  146. 1523:  
    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "This is not the end we wanted to see, it was a nasty, nasty incident involving Rio Ferdinand and something thrown from the crowd. But, it was an outstanding goal from Van Persie for Manchester United."

    You can hear updates from the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  147. 1521: 

    Bad news to report - Rio Ferdinand has been cut in the face after being hit by something thrown from the crowd as he celebrated that goal. He is OK to continue but nobody wants to see that.

  148. 1519: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-3 Man Utd - Robin van Persie (90 mins)

    Just remarkable! United have won it now surely as Robin van Persie flights in a free-kick from 25 yards which takes a flick of the heels of Samir Nasri and beats the dive of Joe Hart, going in off the far post. Incredible finish.

  149. 1519: 

    Diane Pigley in Manchester on text via 81111: "Earlier I wanted Mancini out, now I love him again! LETS GO CITY!!!"

  150. 1518: 

    There are four minutes to be added on . City won the league in injury time of course, but United know a fair bit about scoring late on as well...

  151. 1517: 

    David Silva has been superb in this second half and he goes close to a winner, latching on to Sergio Aguero's flick and hitting a low shot which David de Gea holds on to.

  152. 1517: 

    S.O.F.T. on Twitter: "This is Dzeko time... 3-2 on the cards now."

  153. 1515: 

    Pablo Zabaleta puts in another low cross which Rio Ferdinand hooks clear. Into the last few minutes now, you wouldn't rule out any more late action yet...

  154. 1515: 

    That offside decision against Ashley Young is about to be discussed. A lot.

  155. 1513: 
    GOAL- Man City 2-2 Man Utd - Pablo Zabaleta (86 mins)

    Would you believe it? City level! A corner from the left is headed out to the edge of the box and Pablo Zabaleta drives it back in, the ball goes through the legs of Phil Jones and nestles in the corner. Remarkable late drama yet again.

  156. 1512: 

    Edin Dzeko is straight into the action, taking a ball on his chest and looking to get a shot away until Chris Smalling makes the challenge. City can go direct now.

  157. 1512: 

    United also make a switch as Phil Jones replaces Antonio Valencia.

  158. 1511: 

    Callum from Eastbourne on text via 81111: "I've got a sneaky feeling Edin Dzeko might just have a say in the outcome of this match."

  159. 1511: 

    Edin Dzeko is thrown on for Yaya Toure. Can the super sub do it again?

  160. 1511: 

    Hugo Lloris makes a great save for Tottenham to deny Everton's Nikica Jelavic. Jelavic is played in on goal but the Frenchman comes flying out to take the ball cleanly with his hands. Fine play.

  161. 1509: 

    We are into the last 10 minutes at the Etihad. Can United hang on for a big win?

  162. 1508: 

    Everton have made a good start at Goodison, Leon Osman has had a shot blocked in the best opening so far.

  163. 1507: 

    Yaya Toure is back on his feet by the way. City need him out there.

  164. 1507: 

    Harry Vernon on Twitter: "Time to bring on Scholes for Man Utd and see this game out."

  165. 1506: 

    Oh and City so close to a second! David Silva dribbles into the area from out on the right, he puts Patrice Evra on his backside before smashing in a shot which flicks off the shoulder of David de Gea and hits the crossbar. So close.

  166. 1505: 

    Robin van Persie heads over the top. First sighter for United for a long time.

  167. 1504: 

    Mario Balotelli is back on the bench now with his big winter coat on. At least he's watching the game - which is more than I can say for Tom Cruise who is on his phone at the back of an executive box.

  168. 1503: 

    Tom Cleverley goes down after getting hit by Yaya Toure in midfield, that's like being run over by a small family car. Toure is shown the yellow card and is also struggling. City don't need Toure to come off.

  169. 1502: 

    Like a Villas-Boas on Twitter: "That Everton team looks worryingly strong, and our CB's looking the complete opposite."

  170. 1502: 
    KICK-OFF- Everton v Spurs (1500 GMT)

    Game on at Goodison.

  171. 1500: 

    Oh play on referee! Yaya Toure pulls off a stunning piece of skill to Cruyff turn away from two men, before hurdling two further challenges on the touchline to burst into space. But referee Martin Atkinson blows up for one of the sliding tackles and brings play back. Brilliant from Toure.

  172. 1459: 

    Liam Sharpe on Twitter: "That will be referee Martin Atkinson crossed off Fergie's Christmas card list then."

  173. 1457: 

    Really strong defending from Chris Smalling as he sees off Sergio Aguero. United maybe just starting to look a little rattled as we move into the final 20 minutes.

  174. 1457:  
    Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know Tevez should have started instead of Balotelli for Manchester City. Also, the whole team has lifted since he came on and especially his Argentine colleague and strike partner Aguero.

    "I think City will want to sell Balotelli after this, but who will put up the money?"

    You can hear updates from the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  175. 1455: 
    Everton v Spurs (1500 GMT)

    Kick-off at Goodison is a matter of moments away.

  176. 1455: 

    Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero linking up nicely up front for City - Tevez gets into the area but his low shot is well blocked. We have just over 20 minutes left.

  177. 1454: 

    Frank Sward on Twitter: "Young goal controversially disallowed and City score at the other end - big swing of fortunes."

  178. 1454: 

    Chris Smalling also got away with a handball on the floor just before that penalty shout. Eyes in the back of your head needed as Rio Ferdinand goes into the book.

  179. 1452: 

    This game has got everything now. United want a penalty as Patrice Evra goes down under a challenge from Kolo Toure but the ref waves it away.

    He doesn't get the ball he is just too strong, but it could have been given as a push.

  180. 1452:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad

    "Blue smoke rises from the Etihad's stands and suddenly Manchester City and their fans believe again."

  181. 1451: 

    Ben Seal on Twitter: "Young never offside. Shock, decision going City's way when they're losing at home."

    Paul Iummis on Twitter: "Young was never offside! Hang your head in shame linesman."

  182. 1450: 

    If City can find another goal we will be hearing about that disallowed goal all week. Maybe all season. City have found another gear since Carlos Tevez came on.

  183. 1450:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad

    "Now Yaya Toure pulls on back for Man City. The Etihad is filled with renewed hope."

  184. 1447: 
    GOAL- Man City 1-2 Man Utd - Yaya Toure (60 mins)

    ...and seconds later Manchester City have a goal back. Carlos Tevez draws a save from David de Gea, David Silva's follow-up is brilliantly saved, but Tevez then finds Yaya Toure to slot into the corner from 15 yards. Game on.

  185. 1446: 

    Controversy time - Robin van Persie hits the crossbar with a beauty of an effort which Ashley Young turns in. He is flagged offside - but he looks level with Pablo Zabaleta to me...

  186. 1446: 

    Andrew, Man Utd fan from Dundee, on text via 81111: "Way(ne) more time 2 go. So I am not ROO excited yet."

  187. 1445: 

    Goals from Keith Watson, John Daly (pen) and Willo Flood give Dundee United a convincing derby victory. They leapfrog Hearts into seventh place in the SPL, while Dundee remain six points adrift of St Mirren at the foot.

  188. 1445: 

    This is better from City though. Samir Nasri is played into space on the right, he puts over a teasing cross which Rio Ferdinand toes clear from the waiting Sergio Aguero.

  189. 1443: 

    Roberto Mancini is fuming again on the touchline as a wrestle between Pablo Zabaleta and Ashley Young goes against his man. Sergio Aguero then bends an effort wide from 22 yards. United have survived the opening 10 minutes of the second half without breaking sweat.

  190. 1443: 

    Scott Goodacre on Twitter: "Starting Balotelli then complaining when he does something silly shows how good a judge of character Mancini is."

    James Blackwell on Twitter: "United are nurtured by Fergie and proud to wear the shirt. City are bunch of talented individuals waiting for their pay cheque."

    Akude Emeka O on Twitter: "How long until Balotelli realises he is no longer a kid? Always heading down the tunnel when replaced."

  191. 1441: 

    The tempo has fallen away in this game now. Manchester City are not displaying any sort of belief that they can turn this one around.

  192. 1440: 
    LINE-UPS- Everton v Spurs (1500 GMT)

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Dempsey, Dembele, Sandro, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Huddlestone, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Falque, Livermore, Townsend.

    Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

  193. 1438: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Carlos Tevez on for Mario Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli is straight down the tunnel as he is replaced by Carlos Tevez. Not a happy bunny.

  194. 1438:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad:

    "Tevez just been summoned by Mancini. Might as well have stuck him on at half-time."

  195. 1438: 

    Willo Flood's shot from the edge of the box deflects off Kyle Benedictus to make it 3-0 to Dundee United.

  196. 1437: 

    Mario Balotelli gives the ball away with a needless backheel and Roberto Mancini's reaction is telling - he immediately points to Carlos Tevez and tells him to warm up.

  197. 1437: 

    Beejaminhowths on Twitter: "Two shots, two goals, the killer instinct is what City are missing. Still reckon we'll do it! Come on City!"

    Paul Lancashire on Twitter: "United seem to have really stepped it up defensively today, might take some Mario magic to get City back in this game."

    Kev Corrigan on Twitter: "All City need is a goal and United will crumble under the pressure. Still 45 minutes to go!"

  198. 1436: 

    But it's fellow centre-back Jonny Evans who comes off right at the start of the second half as Chris Smalling comes on.

  199. 1435: 

    Manchester City come out with all guns blazing. United of course can afford to sit back and soak up this pressure. Bit of concern again for United at the back as Rio Ferdinand goes down holding his knee.

  200. 1433: 
    KICK-OFF- Man City 0-2 Man Utd

    The second half is under way.

  201. 1432: 

    Roberto Mancini is in his seat in the dugout very early for the second half. As he inspired his side?

  202. 1432: 

    Gerard in Manchester on text via 81111: "How can Mancini fall so far so fast? Terrible signings and man management."

  203. 1430: 

    City have never come back from a goal down to beat United in the Premier League era. City have come back to win from 2-0 down four times in the Prem, but not since February 2005, when they came back to defeat Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road. A match more famous for Delia Smith's 'Let's be having you!' rant with the score 2-2 at half-time.

    Maybe there's time for Sheikh Mansour to get out onto the pitch and rouse City here?

  204. 1428: 
    Wayne Rooney scores for Manchester United

    At 27 years and 46 days, Wayne Rooney is now the youngest player to reach 150 Premier League goals.

  205. 1426: 
    Everton v Spurs (1500 GMT)

    Everton have drawn seven of their last nine in the league and, asked if he curses some of the draws, manager David Moyes says: "I do, but it is the start of the season. It is still quite early - we are not into Christmas time and a lot will change over the next month or two."

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas lost 2-0 at Everton with former club Chelsea last season. He says: "His [David Moyes] teams always seem to improve year after year and that is not always the case. Going to Goodison Park is one of the toughest games."

  206. 1426: 

    Vince in London on text via 81111: "I don't know what has surprised me the most. The two-nil scoreline or the fact that Mancini now makes Lescott his fourth choice centre back - or is it Balotelli gets in ahead of Tevez?"

  207. 1425: 

    United have never lost in the Premier League after leading by at least two goals, but have been pegged back to draw 10 matches -most recently at home to Everton at the back end of last season. That 4-4 draw was a crucial result in the title race last year. So could this one be if City are able to pull it off.

  208. 1424: 

    Cina on Twitter: "With no Vincent Kompany in the defence and lot of spaces, I can see Man Utd winning this one 6-1. Revenge time for Fergie."

  209. 1422:  
    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Manchester City have to score the next goal or it could get to three or four goals down against Manchester United.

    "Kolo Toure wasn't even in the Champions League squad for City but he has replaced Vincent Kompany, Lescott has now gone so far down the pecking order.

    "Kolo Toure looks out of shape, but if you also look at Samir Nasri now, he looks like he has been swallowing his money. He used to be a waif."

    You can hear updates from the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  210. 1421: 

    It's almost exactly two years since Manchester City were beaten at home. But they could be facing an unfamiliar feeling within the hour unless they turn it on in a big way.

  211. 1420:  
    MOTD's Steve Bower at Goodison Park:Everton v Spurs (1500 GMT)

    "There has been plenty of talk recently about fourth place being up for grabs this season. As we approach the halfway stage of this campaign both these clubs will believe they are well placed to claim it. Everton have lost only two of their last 24 Premier League matches. The frustration in recent weeks is that they haven't been able to turn draws into victories but they will provide a stiff test of Tottenham's recent resurgence. The Europa League victory for Spurs in the week was their fourth in a row. They will be without the injured Gareth Bale, whose ability, particularly on the counter attack away from home, will be missed."

  212. 1418: 

    John Daly scores a penalty for Dundee United on 72 minutes after Gary Irvine fouled Stuart Armstrong as he crossed inside the box. Dundee 0-2 Dundee Utd.

  213. 1419:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EtihadMan City 0-2 Man Utd

    "Manchester United survived early domination to take complete control at half-time. Surely City manager Roberto Mancini must introduce Carlos Tevez at the start of the second half?"

  214. 1419: 
    Everton v Spurs (1500 GMT)

    Two changes for Everton from the team that drew with Manchester City - Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith make way for Tony Hibbert and Kevin Mirallas.

    Tottenham are again without Gareth Bale through injury, and Clint Dempsey deputises. Hugo Lloris is preferred to Brad Friedel in goal while Mousa Dembele comes in for Tom Carroll. William Gallas plays instead of Kyle Naughton.

  215. 1418: 

    Team news from today's second game is in...

  216. 1417: 

    What do you make of that then? Game over? Or can City somehow turn this one around?

  217. 1417:  
    MOTD's Guy Mowbray at the EtihadHALF-TIME- Man City 0-2 Man Utd

    "It is a half that has belonged to Wayne Rooney. Two magnificent finishes from Rooney after City had dominated the ball in the opening stages. But once Rooney scored it was United on top. United have staged some thrilling comebacks this season, but it's City who have got to do that now."

  218. 1415: 

    We are into stoppage time. A huge 45 minutes in the title race coming up.

  219. 1415:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad

    "Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini's body language suggesting boiling point is fast approaching - if not reached already."

  220. 1414:  
    Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I would bring Carlos Tevez on now for Manchester City, yet alone at half-time. As they are chasing the game, I would move Balotelli out wide and take Nasri off."

    You can hear updates from the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  221. 1413: 

    Robin van Persie twists and turns away from his marker but is shot it well blocked by Kolo Toure. A third goal for United would kill this one off, but City then go close!

    David Silva plays the ball into Mario Balotelli inside the area, he finds a neat lay-off to Gareth Barry 25 yards out but he drags his shot wide. He never really had any conviction behind that one. Best chance for a while.

  222. 1410: 

    It was an interesting call from Roberto Mancini. Joleon Lescott is not flavour of the month.

  223. 1410: 

    W. Mieville-Hawkins on Twitter: "Can someone please explain to me how Kolo Toure is a better option than Lescott to replace injured centre-back Vincent Kompany?"

  224. 1408: 

    Some decisive goalkeeping from David de Gea as he comes off his line to punch a cross away from in front of Yaya Toure. Good hands from the United man as we enter the last five minutes of the first half.


    Sam Johnson on Twitter: "With United's defensive frailties. City are by no means out of this. Been the better side though the scoreline may not suggest it."


    Francis in Stonehouse on text via 81111: "Mancini out. The guy doesn't have a clue. Just watch us plummet down the table."

    Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think City had a good early spell but have been awful since. There seems an energy crisis with them.

    "They seemed to have accepted they are going to get beat."

    You can hear updates from the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  228. 1408: 

    Within the first two minutes of the second half, Dundee had a huge penalty claim after United's Brian Mclean handballed. Shortly afterwards Johnny Russell smacked the post for United, but it remains Dundee 0-1 Dundee Utd.

  229. 1405: 

    Tom Kelk on Twitter: "What on earth does Gareth Barry do? Surely he's in a position to track Rooney? He just does nothing."

  230. 1404: 

    Robin van Persie almost gets on the end of another move down United's right but the offside flag is up. The visitors look totally on top now.

  231. 1402:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad

    "The contrast could not be more stark. The small band of Manchester United fans are ecstatic while the rest of the Etihad is stunned into silence. City have lost two goals and their captain. A long way back."

  232. 1401: 

    Darragh Moriarty on Twitter: "ROOOOONEY!!!!!!! THAT'S why we needed Valencia in the team, relationship with Rafael is great!!!"

  233. 1400: 

    Manchester United have never lost in the Premier League from two goals up - that is the size of the task which faces City now.

  234. 1359: 
    Manchester United celebrate scoring

    Wayne Rooney has now scored seven goals in the Manchester derby in the Premier League - moving him level at the top of the list with Eric Cantona.

  235. 1400:  
    Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "City are being picked off by United here. Rooney struck it slightly better than the first one. It was the simplest of goals, and City were caught out badly on the break."

    You can hear updates from the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  236. 1358: 
    GOAL- Man City 0-2 Man Utd - Wayne Rooney (29 mins)

    150 Premier League goals for Wayne Rooney - and this could be one of the most crucial. Antonio Valencia and Rafael link up down the right, the full-back cuts back an excellent cross and Rooney has ghosted into space to arrive and slide the ball into the corner.

  237. 1355: 

    But City can counter as well. Yaya Toure just monsters his way through single-handedly, he runs out of options so just goes it alone before coming to ground in between two defenders. Referee Martin Atkinson waves it away again.

  238. 1354: 

    This is the Manchester United of old as they counter-attack at real pace. Antonio Valencia's cross is blocked but there were four red shirts rushing into the area to meet it. City struggling to contain them on the break here.

  239. 1353: 

    Tony Brown on Twitter: "Kompany has seen enough of this."

  240. 1353: 

    As I say that City threaten. It's pure individual skill from Sergio Aguero, who embarks on a mazy run, beating two or three defenders to break into the box, but his low shot is tame and easy for David de Gea. Breathless opening 25 minutes.

  241. 1351: 

    That goal has taken the wind out of City's sails. It is the visitors who look more of a threat now. Ashley Young tries to latch on to a lofted through pass but Joe Hart is off his line quickly to hack it away.

  242. 1350: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Kolo Toure on for Vincent Kompany

    A big blow for City this - captain Vincent Kompany has to come off in the 20th minute, with Kolo Toure on in his place.

  243. 1350:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad

    "Real sucker punch on the nose for Manchester City. They had exerted almost total domination and yet were undone by Manchester United's counter attack. Sir Alex Ferguson suitably jubilant on the touchline."

  244. 1349: 

    Ahmet K on Twittter: "Man Utd have been OUT PASSED, OUT PLAYED and are winning 1-0 (SO FAR !!)!

  245. 1349: 

    Wayne Rooney has now scored six goals in Premier League Manchester derbies, now only Eric Cantona has scored more with seven. Kolo Toure is ready to come on for City - interesting.

  246. 1348:  
    Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think it was a complete mis-hit from Wayne Rooney for United's goal. I think City goalkeeper Joe Hart thought it was going into the opposite corner, but it was a great move.

    "It was totally against the run of play."

    You can hear updates from the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  247. 1347: 

    Just before that goal Mario Balotelli almost played in Sergio Aguero - it had been all City. Jonny Evans is still struggling with that knock, we could see a change soon.

  248. 1345: 
    GOAL- Man City 0-1 Man Utd - Wayne Rooney (16 mins)

    Manchester United have made a habit of falling behind this season but they lead in the derby with their first foray into the City half. Ashley Young runs on to a lovely chest pass from Robin van Persie before squaring for Wayne Rooney on the edge of the area, he turns Pablo Zabaleta before hitting a shot into the corner. Joe Hart was left rooted to the spot as Rooney slotted that one in - a bit of a scuff but they all count.

  249. 1344: 

    Some Body on Twitter: "OMG, Balo should've buried that! Good close possession from City."

  250. 1343: 

    Mario Balotelli is the latest man to take on a slightly rash tackle - he slides through the back of Jonny Evans but again he escapes a booking from referee Martin Atkinson. Evans needs a bit of treatment here as Chris Smalling warms up.

  251. 1343: 

    David de Gea has been given the spot in goal for United today but Sir Alex Ferguson won't like this, as the Spaniard juggles with a routine corner. Luckily for him there is noone behind him to cash in and United clear.

  252. 1342: 

    Keith Watson's 16th minute near-post header from a corner is the difference between the two sides as Dundee United lead the Dundee derby at half-time.

  253. 1341: 

    First chance of the game comes to Manchester City. David Silva unpicks the United backline with a brilliant crossfield ball, Gael Clichy gets there in time to cut it back across goal, but Mario Balotelli can't keep his shot down and fires wildly over the top. He was stretching for that one to be fair to the Italian. Lovely move though.

  254. 1340: 

    Mike King on Twitter: "Rio Ferdinand has the turning circle of a jumbo jet, they really miss Vidic."

  255. 1340: 

    Mario Balotelli is looking to stretch the United defence and get in behind - Jonny Evans has dealt with it well so far.

  256. 1338:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad

    "Few tasty challenges flying in early on here at The Etihad. Ferguson already in discussion with the fourth official."

  257. 1338: 

    United clear the corner but it is the home side who have started with confidence. The tackles continue to fly in in midfield. This has all the ingredients you want in a derby so far. Just need a goal now.

  258. 1336: 

    ...And from the free-kick Mario Balotelli almost squeezes City ahead. He lines up an effort from 30 yards, he doesn't get hold of it too well but it creeps under the wall and is going in until David de Gea turns it away.

  259. 1334: 

    Gael Clichy flies in on Antonio Valencia, but nothing is given, before Rio Ferdinand fouls Sergio Aguero. There is a crowd scene around Martin Atkinson - this has kicked off very early...

  260. 1334: 

    Johnny Russell has twice gone close to extending Dundee United's lead but it remains 0-1. Dundee had a fantastic chance to equalise but Steven Milne volleyed over from close range - should've done better. Approaching half-time.

    You can stay across all the action in that one in a separate Scottish live text.

  261. 1333: 

    Wendy in Cambridge on text via 81111: "That attacking line-up suggests Fergie thinks that City are there for the taking. All I can safely predict is shredded nerves all round."

  262. 1332: 

    Lovely feet from David Silva as he evades a challenge on the touchline. Manchester City are undoubtedly a stronger force with him in the team.

    The tackles continue to fly in. Wayne Rooney is late on Yaya Toure and receives the first ticking-off of the day from referee Martin Atkinson.

  263. 1331:  
    Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I thought Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would have flooded the midfield and played Darren Fletcher. I thought they would have been solid there to make it as difficult as possible for City to attack."

    You can hear updates from the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  264. 1330: 

    We go all of 15 seconds before the first big tackle comes in, as Sergio Aguero is left in a heap in midfield. He is up on his feet now. This should be high octane stuff.

  265. 1330: 

    Mowlid on Twitter: "I think Mancini made a good decision to play Balotelli. There's nothing more dangerous than a man with a point to prove."

  266. 1330: 
    KICK-OFF- Man City v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    Derby Day is go.

  267. 1328: 

    Everyone ready?

  268. 1328: 

    Should City need him from the bench, they will be pleased to know that Edin Dzeko has scored five goals in five career matches against Manchester United, including netting three in three derby matches last season.

  269. 1325: 

    The players are in the tunnel at the Etihad. There's an air of tension, but Joe Hart is in very cordial mood, shaking hands with all of United's English players and embracing David de Gea. You wouldn't get that from Gary Neville on Derby Day.

  270. 1323:  
    Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I think United could in future games play with three centre-backs and play Valencia as a wing-back, it could help them out defensively."

    You can hear all the build-up to the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  271. 1322: 

    Hussain Federer on Twitter: "If Mario Balotelli plays well, he will be a nightmare for United. No doubt about that!"

    Leeroy on Twitter: "A Manchester derby that includes Balotelli in the line up... Expect the unexpected."

  272. 1321: 

    Kick off is 10 minutes away people. That's a T-10. Just about time to get the kettle on.

  273. 1321: 

    It's a cliche that form goes out of the way on Derby Day, but if this one does go to form, expect Manchester United to concede first.

    United have conceded first in 10 of their 15 Premier League matches this season. They have come back to win seven. That is extraordinary.

  274. 1319: 

    Check that out.

    Usain Bolt, Tom Cruise and Big Ron. The biggest of names for the biggest of games.

  275. 1318: 

    Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Usain Bolt on Twitter: "Eagerly awaiting another victory for Manchester United."

  276. 1318: 

    Tom Cruise on Sky Sports: "I am expecting a great game. It is my first game in England even though I have been following British football since the 1980s.

    "David Beckham wishes he was here, I got an e-mail from him, he is jealous I am here."

    Robert Duvall on Sky Sports: "I am very interested in football. I was in London years ago to see Pele travelling through when he was 17, and I have followed every World Cup since.

    "I can safely say the greatest character i have ever met is [former Celtic winger] wee Jimmy Johnstone. I named a dog after him."

  277. 1314:  
    Former Manchester United manager Ron Atkinson talking about the decision to start Mario Balotelli on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "For me, Balotelli is at best an impact player. It is my belief that if he had not been sent-off against Arsenal last year, meaning City were forced to play Aguero and Tevez, then City would not have won the title."

    You can hear all the build-up to the Manchester derby on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  278. 1314: 

    Michael Owen's Manchester United career may not have been as strong as he would have liked, but he did of course score a remarkable last-minute winner in a 4-3 win against City.

    He told BBC Sport this week: "It was a moment I'll never forget and I'm sure it will be one the Manchester United fans will never forget. It was the biggest adrenaline rush I've ever had.

    "I've scored a lot of important goals in my life, but just the way that game set up and what was on it at the time - it was a fantastic moment."

  279. 1309: 

    So Jonny Evans and Mario Balotelli are in - we've got all the cast members for a classic now. With Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall watching on as well.

  280. 1308: 

    Ed in Winchester on text via 81111: "I don't understand... Why Evans? Smalling is back and seemingly fit"

  281. 1308: 

    Ryan Giggs is on the bench for United. He has played in 28 Premier League Manchester derbies, seven more than any other player. Paul Scholes (who is also on the bench) has played the second-most with 21.

  282. 1306: 
    Tom Cruise

    It is not known which team Tom Cruise will be supporting but he is most definitely at the Etihad for the Manchester derby.

  283. 1306: 

    So it's Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra at the back for United today.

    Sir Alex Ferguson's side looked vulnerable as they won 4-3 at Reading last Saturday and Rafael was hauled off before the break.

    United have conceded 32 goals in all competitions this season, and Ferguson conceded: "It's a worry.

    "If we perform like that on Sunday then God knows what's going to happen to us."

  284. 1303: 

    They Must Be Close on Twitter: "If Utd win I'll have a Cocktail. City win will be a Day of Thunder. Could be Mission Impossible though for City."

  285. 1302: 

    We are half an hour away from kick-off, with the Etihad Stadium still fairly empty. I was going to attempt to gauge Mario Balotelli's mood from his warm-up but the man is a closed book. Derren Brown would have no chance of pulling any of his stunts on Mario.

  286. 1300: 
    LINE-UPS- Man City v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Silva, Toure, Barry, Nasri, Aguero, Balotelli. Subs: Pantilimon, Maicon, Lescott, Dzeko, Javi Garcia, Toure, Tevez.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Young, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Johnstone, Jones, Giggs, Smalling, Hernandez, Welbeck, Scholes.

    Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

  287. 1259:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the Etihad

    "Tom Cruise ignored those stereotypical criticisms of Manchester's weather and is sporting shades at The Etihad."

  288. 1255: 
    Man City v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    As United legend Peter Schmeichel predicted earlier [see 1216], Sir Alex Ferguson does decide to start with David de Gea between the sticks. The Spaniard, who has not played a Premier League game since the 3-2 win at Aston Villa on 10 November, replaces Anders Lindegaard, who is not even on the bench. Youngster Sam Johnstone is the back-up keeper.

    Ferguson makes two other changes from the side which won 4-3 at Reading last weekend - and they both come in his midfield. Tom Cleverley and Antonio Valencia start ahead of Darren Fletcher and Anderson, who both drop out of United's matchday squad.

  289. 1253: 

    James, a super nervous Man Utd fan, on text via 81111: "People complaining about Balotelli starting, how he could lose City the game, he could also just very well win City the game."

  290. 1253: 

    Who do we reckon Cruise and Duvall are supporting? Tom Cruise is of course a big advocate of playing with wing-backs - he'll be disappointed that Maicon has been left out today.

  291. 1250: 

    There was a bit of chat that Tom Cruise would be appearing at the derby today. I dismissed it as nonsense but I've just seen him with my own eyes! Cruise is in the building. With Robert Duvall no less.

    Hollywoood has come to Manchester.

  292. 1247: 

    Well if you weren't excited before, that team news should stoke you up. Enough attackers for you? If I'm not adding a few names to my opening list of Derby Day scorers I'll be a very disappointed man.

  293. 1246: 

    Antony Vaughan on Twitter: "Just seen the Utd team, City to get a beating today 4-2, 5-2. Hat-trick from RVP."

  294. 1244:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EtihadMan City v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    "David de Gea keeps his place in goal for Manchester United after playing in the midweek Champions League defeat against Cluj but, as Sir Alex Ferguson suggested, the game has come too soon for Nemanja Vidic. It is a positive United line up, with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young providing width to add to the goal threat of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie."

  295. 1244: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Man City v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    David de Gea starts in goal for Manchester United, while there are also starts for Antonio Valencia and Tom Cleverley.

  296. 1243: 
    Man City v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    Mario Balotelli's return to the Manchester City starting XI is one of five changes made by Roberto Mancini. He starts up front alongside Sergio Aguero as the pair replace Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko from the team which started last weekend's 1-1 home draw against Everton.

    Mancini also makes a trio of defensive changes with Pablo Zabaleta, Matija Nastastic and Gael Clichy, who returns from a three-week absence with an ankle injury, starting ahead of Maicon, Joleon Lescott and Aleksander Kolarov.

  297. 1241: 

    Today is the first Dundee derby at Dens Park since the Dark Blues returned to the Scottish Premier League.

    United won 2-1 on their last visit, in April 2005. Mark Wilson and Jim McIntyre scored for United, with Steve Lovell hitting the net for Dundee.

    Dundee currently sit bottom of the SPL on 11 points, six points adrift of St Mirren in 11th while Dundee United are in eighth with 20 points.

    You can stay across all the action in that one in a separate Scottish live text.

  298. 1240: 

    A big game for Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic as well today. Roberto Mancini has certainly placed his faith in the youngster since his arrival.

  299. 1238:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the EtihadMan City v Man Utd (1330 GMT)

    "Roberto Mancini placing huge faith in Mario Balotelli by starting him against Manchester United. He will be hoping for a repeat of the "Why Always Me?" brilliance of the 6-1 win at Old Trafford - but it all rather depends on what side of the bed Mario got out of."

  300. 1237: 

    JKRP11 on Twitter: "Why is Balotelli starting? He will probably get sent off and cost City the derby..."

    Littlejason on Twitter: "Huge mistake starting with Mario, I predict Mancini out by the morning."

    Rodgers Omondi on Twitter: "I was praying that Silva doesn't play today."

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