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United vs. City

Old Trafford

12/02/11

12:45

On Sky

United v City Preview!

It is the most anticipated derby for years. Both sides have Premier League title aspirations but the blue half of the city are aware that a red victory could all but see those hopes quashed. Spirits will, naturally, run high as both sides seek those vital three points to rule the roost when it comes to bragging rights. Over here in the red corner, we`re fairly confident that we`ll be the ones with smiles on our faces come Saturday evening, but then again we`re used to tasting success are we not! How many years has it been Manchester City?

Vital Quotes:

If City were in any doubts as to what is required to win the Premier League title then Darren Fletcher has given them the perfect reminder, whilst also reiterating our own qualifications, remarking ahead of the game,

"You have to earn the title. Nobody gives you the trophy. The team that wins the league will be the team that deserved it and showed the best form throughout the season."

Not the club that spends the most money then?

United Team News:

Sir Alex Ferguson goes into this fixture with a few injury concerns. Definitely ruled out, as they have been for weeks, are the duo of Antonio Valencia and Owen Hargreaves, whilst Rio Ferdinand was added to the injury list last weekend, with a calf strain, and will also miss this crucial fixture.

Darren Fletcher who withdrew from the Scotland squad with an eye injury is likely to be considered for selection whilst Chris Smalling will probably get the nod, ahead of Jonny Evans who has been struggling with an ankle injury, to replace Rio.

Also likely to feature for the first time since leaving to compete in the Asia Cup is Park Ji-ung

Player to watch: Dimitar Berbatov

On a roll at Old Trafford when it comes to scoring, how we`d love a brace this Saturday lunch time!

City Team News:

Roberto Mancini brings his expensively assembled squad to Old Trafford with relatively few injury problems. Definitley missing from the squad for the match will be Adam Johnson (ankle injury) and Micah Richards (concussion) whilst there are also doubts about their temperamental forward, Mario Balotelli, who has and ankle knock whilst the defensive midfield enforcer, Nigel De Jong, has an ankle knock that may well keep him out of the picture.

Player to watch: Carlo Tevez

Will there be further bitter recriminations over his move or will sleeping dogs be let lie? No doubting there`s talent in them there boots but let`s just stifle it for ninety minutes shall we! Otherwise the Argentine striker could well add to his tally of 4 goals in his last 6 appearances against us!

Match Facts & Stats

43 years is a heck of a long time but that`s exactly how long the blue half of Manchester have not won the title for!

Old Trafford is a poor hunting ground for City, they`ve managed only 1 victory in the last 26 league visits (stop laughing at the back!).

As for scoring against United, its blanks for City in 4 of the last 5 league games us!

Ref Watch:

The officials hoping for a derby that`ll be remembered for it`s football more than anything unsavoury are Andre Marriner (referee), Adam Watts and Scott Ledger (assistants) and Martin Atkinson (fourth official)

Match Prediction:

I`m hardly going to champion their cause am I? Do I fear United coming to Old Trafford and snatching a victory? Not a chance! They`ll come with every intention of snatching a vital win to keep their fading title hopes alive but it`ll not happen. We`ll be too canny for them, we`ll be too powerful and we`ll win this 2-0!

Next Fixtures:

Our next fixture will see us take on non-league Crawley Town in an FA Cup 5th round tie!




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The Journalist

Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 11 2011

Time: 4:09PM

Your Comments

Having Park back in the team is great. An unsung hero of the squad and has proven to be the difference in many matches. Hopefully we win but I will personally settle for a draw knowing that Arsenal will most probably draw and Chelsea lose against them, in all fairness to City when they want to be impenetrable they do carry it out well.
TheFamousNo7
Heard a wee rumour that Park has done his hamstring in and will miss the next 4 weeks.
fifthcolumnblue
The team should be proud of themselves, a very important win.
TheFamousNo7
Indeed, it was an important win, and the title will probably undeservedly end up with you again. Have to say it was quite amusing watching you punt long Stoke-like" balls at us when you ran out of ideas, just a pity the last desparate one found Rooney. Never mind, won't be the first time City have lost to inferior opposition this season, but I cerrtainly hope it will be the last.
fifthcolumnblue
Best goal ever... That goal topped off an excellent TEAM effort. not like citeh's rag tag bunch of expensively assembled individuals... wont be the last time you lose to us either... Manchester is Red...
manchesterISred
Undeservedly? Explain to me how the team with the most points at the end of the season, the team that displayed the most consistency and showed a never-say-die spirit doesn't deserve the title? Oh yes that's it by your logic the team that buys it deserves it and with that 300 mil $hitty are still struggling to gain 4th, injustice! Inferior? What game were you watching? Please do remember your position FIFTHcolumnblue or is this another case of the bitter blues? I really do hope we have just made the first step to knocking City out of fourth with Tottenham and Chelsea rising above 'em.
TheFamousNo7
Well said TheFamousNo7
kanchelskis
Don't break your arm patting yourselves on the back lads. In the past you have been worthy winners of the title by playing the best football - this season you have been lucky, time after time after time. I'm sure you won't care one little bit if you do win the title, but not a single red I've spoken to thinks this is one of your better sides, far from it, and some reds I know are a bit surprised that you are still leading the table given some of the less than convincing performances you have given this season. Fair play to you for yesterday, and perhaps the rest of the teams chasing are not quite up to catching the unconvincables, but if you win the title it will be by default only.
fifthcolumnblue
blah, blah, blah, fcb. Yes it's not the strongest sqaud we've had but still a very good one, one that's so good in fact that it's leading the premier league table, above the Chelsea OAP's, the Scouse revolution, the Arsenal U12's, the Spuds and the Money bags $hitty, so they must be doing something right. No doubt you will say it's all Fergie, Scholes and Giggs and not even acknowledge the defensive brilliance of Vidic, Evra, Van Der Sar or Ferdinand nor will you acknowledge the genius and persistance of our wingers Nani, Valencia and Park and God forbid you admit that Rooney and Berby have been persistent and proved all the doubters wrong (you don't hear berbaflop too much anymore do you?). Not even a hard working midfield or some of the brilliant younger talent we have can get your attention, which is ultimately your downfall. You will sit there, naive to the world and talk about how it took an amazing goal to beat you completely ignorant to the rediculous amount of luck involved in your goal, you will go on to say the 'blue moon is rising' and 'it's only a matter of time' whilst stating that the ref's are bad and are our play things. No City never get beat fair and square, that would be unjust! No its the refs and the footballing world conspiring against you.
TheFamousNo7
 

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