Vital Football

Latest Manchester United News

We Can't Be Proud Of Recent Derbies

We Can't Be Proud Of Recent Derbies

Manchester United can win the Premiership title on a ground where we've had mixed experiences since City's promotion in 2002.

Surely you know the song ending with the line 'Who the f*** is Alice?'. In the last decade, it's been very popular with United fans who sang gleefully that 'It's six points a season when you're living next door to City'.

However, you must go back a long time to find a season when it had been true. It did not happen in the last five years so we must be cautious ahead of tomorrow's game even though the season's second victory over 'The Massive' would virtually seal the league title for us.

So let's have a look at each of the seasons passed since City'd been promoted in 2002.

2002/03: United reached the League Cup final, put on a thrilling display in the Champions League quarters against Real and won the league but the derbies are to forget. In the last ever derby played at Maine Road we were at our spectacular worst, unable to resist Nicolas Anelka and, erm, Shaun Goater. At Old Trafford, we were in total control but profligacy costed us dearly as the Premiership's as Goater struck again, denying us a victory in the closing minutes.

2003/04: At Old Trafford we put on a good display to see them off 3-1 (Kleberson played well so that match was always going to be memorable...) and in the FA Cup we were down to ten man for the entire second half but still spanked them 4-2 but it was all undone in spectacular fashion as we produced the worst derby performance since 1989 and lost 4-1 at the new City of Manchester-stadium. We were two down in no time at all, pulled one back and hit the post but in the second half we were in suicidal mode again to complete our own humiliation.

2004/05: It was a sad, frustrating season for United but not as sad as the derby was for Richard Dunne who played a major role in both our goals that brought our first-ever victory at the Eastlands. But it was scant consolation for a trophyless season and for a frustrating encounter at the Theatre of Dreams where we just couldn't put the ball into the net, no matter how many chances we created.

2005/06: Yet another derby heartbreak: at Old Trafford, after an international break we were suffering throughout 90 minutes, lacking any imagination and verve but were still ahead until the start of the last quarter of an hour when Andy Cole (eurgh!) equalised to become the first man to beat Van der Sar that season. At the Eastlands, they scored two from offside and Ronaldo was sent off more than harshly while young Jordan avioded at least two certain bookings but that cannot hide the fact that Patrice Evra had such an embarassing debut that he had to be substituted at the interval.

As you see, we have a lot of things to play for, apart from the small matter of winning the league. Winning December's derby at Old Trafford was sweet but the real medicine to years' of disappointments and a European Cup exit would be a victory at the Eastlands.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday May 4 2007
Time: 6:01PM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Bellew Wants Lebedev Next


My god, recounting all these matches made me feel uneasy. Surely we won't gift them three points again? Giving Chelsea a lifeline could be fatal so let's hope the bitter blues will be put firmly back into their place.
04/05/2007 21:45:00
we surely cant lose to them if we were to some how manage it i say its chelseas title
04/05/2007 21:48:00
The Arse will put up a good fight as they hate Chelsea perhaps even more than they hate us, and Wenger has a point to prove as he never defeated Mourinho before... but I agree, we must not lose.
04/05/2007 21:54:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Manchester United Articles

United v Fenerbahce - Team-Sheets

Manchester United, with the games coming thick and fast, resume their Europa League campaign this evening with a visit from Fenerbahce.

United Travel Plans Remain the Same!

Despite what happened last season!

No Untouchables Now!

The ball-game has changed!

He Wouldn`t Would He?

Yes, being a predatory goal-scorer he probably, given half-a-chance would and will.

Archived Vital United Articles

Vital United articles from

Site Journalists

Red Boy
Editor email
Charlie Bacchus
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Manchester United v Fenerbahce?
Suggested By: Red Boy
United to Win!80%
Fenerbahce to Win!20%
A Draw!0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 8 6 1 1 19 11
2 Arsenal 8 6 1 1 19 10
3 Spurs 8 5 3 0 18 9
4 Liverpool 8 5 2 1 17 8
5 Chelsea 8 5 1 2 16 6
6 Everton 8 4 3 1 15 6
7 Man Utd 8 4 2 2 14 5
8 Southampton 8 3 3 2 12 3
9 Crystal Palace 8 3 2 3 11 2
10 Watford 8 3 2 3 11 0
11 AFC Bournemouth 8 3 2 3 11 0
12 WBA 8 2 4 2 10 1
13 Leicester City 8 2 2 4 8 -6
14 Burnley 8 2 1 5 7 -6
15 West Ham 8 2 1 5 7 -8
16 Hull City 8 2 1 5 7 -12
17 Middlesbrough 8 1 3 4 6 -4
18 Stoke 8 1 3 4 6 -9
19 Swansea 8 1 1 6 4 -7
20 Sunderland 8 0 2 6 2 -9
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Manchester United Results (view all)

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Oct 23 2016 4:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 26 2016 8:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Capital One Cup
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 3:00PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 12:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 27 2016 4:30PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
The Vital Football Members League