Respect to Joe Hart for protecting that idiot who ran on!! Love the banter between fans but there is a point when it goes too far...calm it!
Violent scenes at the end of the Manchester derby cast a shadow over a remarkable encounter that saw United secure a late 3-2 win.
Rio Ferdinand was struck by a missile and was then confronted by a fan on the pitch - an incident which appeared to be defused by Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
The fan was subsequently led away from the pitch by police.
Ferdinand was seen showing an object to referee Martin Atkinson at the end of the match.
what a result,3points! Sweet! Whoever threw that coin,what a shot! Can't believe it was a copper 2p....could have at least been a £1 coin!
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has described the incident which saw Rio Ferdinand struck by an object during the Manchester derby as "unfortunate".
The missile hit Ferdinand as United were celebrating their third goal in a 3-2 win at the Etihad stadium.
He told Sky Sports:
It's just unfortunate towards the end a City fan runs on and then they throw coins at our players and that. I don't think you need that.
The same thing happened at Chelsea which was masked really by all the other things that happened.
But, you know, two fantastic teams today I think, and a fantastic game of football, and it could do without that.
Football fans have been sharing their thoughts on Rio Ferdinand's injury on Twitter:
Shocking fans saying Ferdinand deserved the coin to the face wow I guess it's a crime to celebrate a goal
I know its bad what happened to ferdinand but he always provokes the oppositions fans. Its in his nature. Poor attitude since he was a kid.
Not good to see Ferdinand hit by a coin, but sadly it now seems a risk you run if you celebrate & therefore incite your rivals fans.
Rio Ferdinand was left bleeding from the head after being hit by an object thrown from the crowd during Manchester United's 3-2 win at Manchester City.
A coin-sized object was seen bouncing off Ferdinand's head on television replays of the incident.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been struck by an object thrown from the crowd during the Manchester derby.
The centre-back was hit on the head – an injury which drew blood - while celebrating his team’s winning goal in a 3-2 victory at the Etihad Stadium.