Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today.

Our main image this week shows a melee in the Manchester United goalmouth during a local derby against Manchester City at Maine Road. The date is November 1969.

United goalkeeper Alex Stepney is on the ground while the referee tries to restore order between the posts. City players, including Neil Young and Colin Bell, appear to be jostling with United defenders.

It proved to be a difficult afternoon for United. City won the First Division clash 4-0 with two goals from Bell, one from Young and an own goal.

The return fixture at Old Trafford in March 1970 saw City win 2-1 with goals from Francis Lee and Mike Doyle. United’s reply came from Brian Kidd.

City and United goalmouth 1969
City and United goalmouth 1969
The teams met again in December 1969 in the semi-final of the League Cup. City won the first leg at Maine Road 2-1 with Lee and Bell on the score sheet. Bobby Charlton replied for United.

The second leg at Old Trafford resulted in a 2-2 draw with goals from Paul Edwards and Denis Law for United and Ian Bowyer and Mike Summerbee for City.

For good measure, the two sides met each other in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in January 1970. This time the Red Devils triumphed with two goals from Kidd and one from Willie Morgan.

Our modern image shows former United manager Jose Mourinho reacting to a foul by Nicolas Otamendi on Antonio Valencia during the Premier League local derby of September 2016. City won 2-1.

*Many more images from Then and Now are featured in The Changing Face of Manchester on sale now at £14.99.

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