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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 16 2010

Time: 8:50PM

Your Comments

Whisper it - our defence hasn't been weak recently, do catch up Zae.
fifthcolumnblue
"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
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
They're not welcome at City that's for sure.
fifthcolumnblue
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
rumours r rife that teves is injured?
ghulamville
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
I'm sure United will lift for this game like how they did in the carling cup.
khoder
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
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
Santa Cruz can score goals? He makes Berbatov look like van Nistelrooy.
khoder
man u in our blood even if we don't come from manchester and i repeat it for the second time there's only one club deserve to be supported in manchester and it's manchester united and not "money city" the emirates club and today it will be a red goal's massacre at the city of manchester
paul_manu
Paul_manu, wasn't exactly a red goals massacre, was it? But a goal sufficed, and, though I may get pilloried for saying this, it was harsh on City. But you won, congratulations and best of luck to you in your bid to overhaul Chelski.
DubaiSpur
It wasn't a really a hammering, but sometimes narrow losses hurt more than the large ones, and I hope it did for City fans.
khoder
Well, I must say City deserved the draw - but it made my weekend now that Chelski losing 2-1, and that we beat City with a lovely header from Scholesy
niteworlok
Did I hear a thank you from you guys? Well, you are welcomed. Thanks to you too for knocking over City in the last minute. As the saying goes' you sratch my back and I scratch yours'. Next, week , we will take no prisoners though. May the better team win.
Madaboutspurs
it is clear now that man u rules manchester
paul_manu
and they are not far away from ruling england
paul_manu
Roberto Mancini Calls Manchester United 'Lucky' After Last-Gasp Derby Winner From Paul Scholes hahah this man makes me laugh he remind me of Mr Bean hehehe
paul_manu
lol Madaboutspurs - good luck, but we will beat ya I hope ;)
niteworlok
 

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