Eleven men were arrested after violence broke out at the crunch derby between Manchester City and Manchester United. Greater Manchester Police detained the men before, during and after the game, which United won 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike by local teenage prodigy Marcus Rashford.
Police chiefs met fans' groups before the match on Sunday (20 March), but their words seemed to fall on deaf ears as coins and bottles were apparently hurled between rival supporters. One of the men was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer, another was held on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly while two were fingered on suspicion of committing affray.
A fifth suspect was detained for allegedly possessing cannabis with intent to supply and a further five were arrested for alleged public order offences. Another was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.
Rashford settled the tie in the 16th minute after wrong footing City defender Martin Demichelis and slotting past Joe Hart. The result leaves Louis Van Gaal's side one point behind their neighbours in the race to guarantee a top four spot at the end of the season and qualify for the Champions League.