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It`s Not About City

As the Manchester derby approaches, there is a suspicion that the title could be decided United`s way.

But, enticing as it seems, winning it at the Etihad Stadium doesn`t feature prominently in Rio Ferdinand`s thoughts with the defender commenting about just securing the title,

"I couldn`t care less. As long as we win the trophy, I couldn`t care less where we win it."

The fans would love it but as long as you get your hands on the trophy you would take it in the back garden."


But, with the title still to be won and with the daunting prospect that one slip up could sway things back in City`s favour, even more so if they win the Manchester derby, Rio admitted being perfectly aware that goal difference could be decisive admitting that was in their thoughts when they were beating Aston Villa 4-0 yesterday, further commenting,

"We know the score, the manager doesn`t need to tell us."

"We know we have to score goals and, if we are on top, we have to punish teams. This season we haven`t done it as much as we should have."


But the gut feeling is that we, if we don`t slip up, have done more than enough to take that 20th top-flight title!





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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 16 2012

Time: 4:35PM

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"We know we have to score goals and, if we are on top, we have to punish teams. This season we haven`t done it as much as we should have."

It's because you're actually not very good at playing football anymore. Theatrics is another matter entirely.
fifthcolumnblue
@fcb , good luck from Chelsea
Blue_Mel
Cheers Blue_Mel. Good luck to you in the Cup Final too.
fifthcolumnblue
Plastic playthings of oil barrons who rob their people's money and natural resources to fund their buying of the premier league have got to stick together I suppose.....
TheFamousNo7
Yes, our owners are nothing compared to those saintly Glazers. How much are your season ticket prices going up next season BTW?
fifthcolumnblue
Haha! Let's see how long your season ticket prices remain reasonable for and how long you can gloat about it before inevitably looking like a hypocrite because City have to raise their season ticket prices to remain financially competitive due to the FFP rules meanin they have to stand on your own two foot rather than being some oil barons plaything and relying on his millions. It's use to be you buy the league... That died off when you blew our spending out of the water. Then it was Owen lol... Until you scraped Hargreaves from the bottom of the barrel. Then it was Rooneygate... Until Tevez took it one further and Balotelli proved to be the biggest (unt in the league. Then it was you've got no money until we stretched our financial muscle and spent a small amount, 60 mil, of our record breaking revenue on 3 players. Then it was average squad... Until that supposed average squad overtook pole position for the title ahead of City's mega money stars. Now it's season ticket prices, you City fans running out of insults? Do you not get fed up of being made to look like idiots and hypocrites?
TheFamousNo7
why would our season tickets go up, unrealistically? maybe 5-6% ok but not the astronomical amounts being published on some manure websites, £800-1000,for seats in the gods being the norm, IF our tickets went up 10% it would still be£2- 300 cheaper than you lot, and with the extra revenue the naming rights bring why should we worry about the FFPR? i mean we could always float on the Singapore Stock Exchange... , to bring in a few quid.......Eh, all this to keep the Wonderfull Glazers in the manner they have become accustomed to..... Thanks to all the Trafford park tourists..., all the locals/Salfordians in the Pub watching the match, never the ground......
cityman51
Who's looking the idiot famous? LOL! P.S. Our owners are building hotels, art galleries, a major training ground and leisure facility, and snapping up the best youngsters in world football. I would expect we'll be all right, in spite of the likes of Nobbend Charlton and David Gill's poisonous whispers in Platini's ears about "Financial fair play". You worry about your debt, and having to bring players out of retirement, we'll worry about our end of things eh?
fifthcolumnblue
Who's looking the idiot famous? LOL! P.S. Our owners are building hotels, art galleries, a major training ground and leisure facility, and snapping up the best youngsters in world football. I would expect we'll be all right, in spite of the likes of Nobbend Charlton and David Gill's poisonous whispers in Platini's ears about "Financial fair play". You worry about your debt, and having to bring players out of retirement, we'll worry about our end of things eh?
fifthcolumnblue
Who's looking the idiot famous? LOL! P.S. Our owners are building hotels, art galleries, a major training ground and leisure facility, and snapping up the best youngsters in world football. I would expect we'll be all right, in spite of the likes of Nobbend Charlton and David Gill's poisonous whispers in Platini's ears about "Financial fair play". You worry about your debt, and having to bring players out of retirement, we'll worry about our end of things eh?
fifthcolumnblue
Ohg and Famous - your squad is not average - it's worse than that. Good thing for you you keep getting all these strange decisions in your favour eh? I'm putting a tenner on a Phil neville own goal at the weekend BTW. If Wes Brown can help you out, why not Phugly Phil?
fifthcolumnblue
Sounded so nice you had to say it thrice eh fcb? Dont hold your breath about you ticket prices, football is a business afterall and the more plastic you get the more muppets are willing to pay increasing ticket prices and the more they get away with it, the more they rise. Debts nearly gone mate it won't be long before you have to stop flogging that one around as well, the Glazers aren't great by any stretch but atleast they're getting us debt free relatively quickly. Out of curiosity, what's after the season ticket line gets old? Worse than average, well what the feck does that make City's squad seeing as we're sitting above you in the league, knocked you out of the FA cup, beat you in the community shield and reached the same poor heights as you in both the Champions League and Europa? Judging by that you've got to below below average right? Still flogging the same old lines, it's the refs, it's this, it's that, the bottom line is that we're quite simply better than you, simple but hard truth. Things will be alright because Mansour will undoubtedly look for another dodgy sponsorship from one of his family members.
TheFamousNo7
But hey righteous City never do anything wrong.
TheFamousNo7
Better than us? LOL!
fifthcolumnblue
TF7 knows what he's talking about, he predicted last season with 8 games to go that City wouldn't secure CL football. He also predicted Balotelli would be gone after his first season. As for dodgy deals, that's a bit rich coming from a U*d fan, just ask Panorama.
Bluedub
Did he predict that 'nited would win the Champions League this season? After drawing the easiest group in CL history they most certainly should have done! How did there opponents in that group get on? Oh yeah, they all went out in the next round. City on the other hand had the most difficult group, went out with 10 points (more than the rags), and the team that won our group currently hold a 2-1 advantage going into the second leg of their semi-final. Think the Rags should concentrate on closing the gap with FC Basle before they go trying to close the gap on FC Barca eh? XD
fifthcolumnblue
Are predictions and bets a measure of someone's knowledge then bluedub? Lol! Then again, youve always failed to grasp that if you get a prediction wrong its not a lie, just a wrong prediction. So one sec, you're going to brag about the Champions League when you got knocked out at the same stage? Hmm.....
TheFamousNo7
Did I say they were a measure of someone's knowledge TF7? I'm simply pointing out that you made predictions like you're making in the post above about City that were so completely wide of the mark they're laughable.
Bluedub
So you can tell me as a fact that your ticke prices wot rise substantially at any pot in the future bluedub? Not going to go into your opinions about any dodgy sponsorship deals with ya as you've made it clear before that you didn't see nothing wrong with it whilst the rest of the footballing world saw it for what it was, a family member bailing out another member of the families business. Out of curiosity fcb why weren't you on VMU when we were 8 points clear? Only sing when your winning and it's still in contention?
TheFamousNo7
I never said I could say that for a fact mate. The way I see it in general is that football fans are being priced out of attending games by extortionate ticket prices, I feel this could lead to the bubble bursting and in the long run we will see PL clubs looking at other ways to ramp up revenue e.g. sponsorship, TV deals etc. The matchday revenue is fairly insignificant in terms of what can be earned and hopefully clubs will cop on to that and lower their prices to entice the crowds back. I'm not talking U*d and City here, I'm talking English football in general. UEFA will rule on what's a dodgy sponsorship deal and what isn't, if they conclude that City's Etihad deal is as such then so be it but if they can't find anything dodgy in it then there's nothing dodgy about it, let's wait and see what happens before decreeing it's dodgy eh? Have you looked at sons of the sponsorship deals inGermany where major shareholders in clubs have secured sponsorship from companies that they own or part own? These are acceptable to UEFA so I see no reason that City's Etihad deal shouldn't be.
Bluedub
 

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