One of the most, if not the most grueling of derbies in the world, has got to be the one fought between the Blue and the Red of Manchester, between the nouveau riche Manchester City and illustious Manchester United. With the history going back to 1881 when a certain West Gorton (now Manchester City) hosted Newton Heath (now Manchester United). They have now faced each other another 161 times with, United having the better of the contest 68 times and City on 44 occasions while 50 of these matches have resulted in a draw. The Red devils, have been more successful of the two sides both in England as well as Europe having won the league the 19 times, the most for any English club and the Champions league thrice (once the European super cup and twice the Champions league), while the Citizens have won the league twice but have never won a Champions league.
Both the clubs have come a long way since the old days, with both clubs having been taken over by foreign owners. While the Glazer family took over Manchester United in 2005, their neighbours were purchased by the Abu Dhabi United Club owned by Sheikh Mansour four years later. The new found wealth has helped the Citizens close the gap on their red neighbours and having led for most of this season, they are now close in a close second behind them.