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For United, Only Prestige Is At Stake On Saturday

For United, Only Prestige Is At Stake On Saturday

Well, at least we have nothing to lose from tomorrow's game, apart from bragging rights but those have been firmly secured by Owen's last minute winner and our progression through to the Carling Cup final. But I won't deny that the derby game at City matters a great deal to me, even though for us there's nothing but pride at stake.

Chelsea ended the title race at Old Trafford and put the final nail in the coffin of our 'title challenge' with a win over Bolton on Tuesday, with some assistance from the referee. So at least we have nothing to lose and can afford to attack them, to play with freedom and abandon. The chance of landing a blow on City's Champions League ambitions without risking anything on our part should be a major boost to our troops who have gone a bit flat after going against Bayern.

The 0-0 draw at Blackburn showed no uplifting effect of this 'nothing to lose' state of our season but then the opponent wasn't one of our most hated rivals. Getting another one over City should be enough motivation and we should be free of any burden. We can't win the league, we can't slip any further than third place which would still mean automatic entry into the Champions League group stages. So we can afford to be brave, to throw caution to the wind and to target City's weak defence.

Of course even a win will not compensate for losing the league title and going out in the Champions League quarter-finals. But it would at least soften the blow a little. It's not a cup final, by any means, merely a good chance to lift the gloom a little. And the City fans have been so bloody annoying recently, imagine how smug and unbearable they would be if they managed to get that fourth place. We don't want that...



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Writer:Zae
Date:Friday April 16 2010
Time: 8:50PM

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Whisper it - our defence hasn't been weak recently, do catch up Zae.
fifthcolumnblue
16/04/2010 21:16:00
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"And the City fans have been so bloody annoying recently" Not like we've had to put up with your fans being annoying since the beginning of time (1992 to be precise)!
fifthcolumnblue
16/04/2010 21:21:00
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What is so sad is that the few so called Rag supporters that frequent this site don't even come from Manchester and have never been here - they are just pathetic glory seekers and when United don't win they will disappear and re-emerge supporting Barcelona, Real Madrid or who ever gives them a little bit of reflected glory.
Wswilly3
16/04/2010 22:11:00
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They're not welcome at City that's for sure.
fifthcolumnblue
16/04/2010 22:13:00
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i heard Norwich are doing well at the moment, i mean they already have the scarfs..... Delia will be pleased.... ''LETS BE AVIN YOU''
cityman51
16/04/2010 22:25:00
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rumours r rife that teves is injured?
ghulamville
16/04/2010 23:00:00
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It'll be the first time I support United against City. Hopefully we can do you a favour and you can do us one!
bernio3000
16/04/2010 23:28:00
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I'm sure United will lift for this game like how they did in the carling cup.
khoder
17/04/2010 00:05:00
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Only in your head gulamville. And anyway, it doesn't matter - there's only one "1 man team" in Greater Manchester - so if Rooney doesn't play the rags are totally doomed, whereas if Tevez doesn't play we've got Adebayor, RSC, Johnson, Bellamy and several others that can weigh in with goals. Nice try anyway.
fifthcolumnblue
17/04/2010 00:08:00
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willy, you are like a dog with a bone! Last week you were on every article pretending to be a united fan; and this week you feel the need to drone on about the fact that nobody that posts on here lives in manchester. Seriously, variety is the spice of life! Mix it up a bit and try giving some thought to a football based opinion. Maybe start by answering my question from the other article.

With the manchester born contribution to your premier league season consisting of about 120 seconds of football from Michael Johnson - why do you feel that being a manc supporting a foreign team makes you superior to a foreigner supporting a manchester based team?
tuscan3000
17/04/2010 01:51:00
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