Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday September 17 2009
The Manchester derby build up is well underway and the different camps are already making their intentions clear...
There's nothing like the derby to get the blue or red blood pumping and it could well be that this season we might see a couple of real contests after last season's damp squibs.
To our immense frustration City failed to show in the last campaign and as with most of the contests with Big Four sides, afforded the opposition far too much respect. The rags by contrast perennially never take The Blues seriously even though their record against City since their promotion under Mad Kev has been far from one way traffic.
That mentality could be about to change however if Patrice Evra, arguably the rags best player's latest comments are anything to go by:
'City will want to show people they are the kings of Manchester but they aren't yet. We have to make sure that doesn't happen.
They are going for the Champions League. It will be difficult against them because they haven't lost. They are ambitious and want to stay in the top four, they've bought a lot of players and beat Arsenal 4-2 so they will be going into the game with a lot of confidence. But we are confident because we are Manchester United...over the years we have won a lot more than City and we need to make sure we do that again. We have a lot of respect for City but we are Man United, and every time we play City we really have to show that.'
Certainly Shaun Wright-Phillips or rumoured debutant Vladimir Weiss will have to be on top of their game to push the ever determined Evra back. Hard to think he was so abjectly brutal in his rag debut which ironically came in a thumping at Eastlands.
Back in Manchester, Mark Bowen, City's calm Assistant Manager summed up the mood around SportCity. He told the official site:
'Everybody's really looking forward to it. We will have a gameplan come the day. We've stuck to our gameplan so far and it's gone well for us. We'll go with confidence.
There's a real buzz about the derby, especially coming on the back of the Arsenal performance. It's been said already that there is an excitement around the place, an expectation. There's a heck of a lot of confidence around the training ground.
Drawing inspiration from City finding an extra gear last Saturday, he went on:
'Arsenal has put a marker down for us. That was a key game. There were question marks going in, the knockers were saying we hadn't played a top-four side yet. But I think that's put that one to bed. More than anything, it's important to have the start that we've had with new players coming into place - it was important they gelled quickly. It's given us a real foundation, a platform to go on from here.'
JOIN VITAL MANCHESTER CITY:
Vital Manchester City was the fastest growing Independent City Website last season and has a membership now standing at 1700 strong. There's more to come - Be Here Now and join the debates in the VMC Forums as City prepare for the big showdown at the swamp.
Date:Thursday September 17 2009
Lampard - Aguero Is Right Up There (Thursday November 27 2014)
The Ped To Europe Report.. City 3-2 Bayern (Wednesday November 26 2014)
Pellegrini - We'll Fight Until The End (Wednesday November 26 2014)
Stats: Manchester City v Bayern Munich (Tuesday November 25 2014)
Team News: City v Bayern Munich (Tuesday November 25 2014)
Character Pleases Pellegrini (Monday November 24 2014)
The Ped Report...City 2-1 Swansea City (Sunday November 23 2014)
Stats: Man City v Swansea (Saturday November 22 2014)
Team News: City v Swansea City (Friday November 21 2014)
Pellegrini Inducted Into LMA Hall Of Fame (Friday November 21 2014)
|Man City||1||-||0||Man Utd|
|West Ham||2||-||1||Man City|
|Aston Villa||0||-||2||Man City|
|3. Man City||12||7||3||2||+11||24|
|4. Man Utd||12||5||4||3||+4||19|
|6. West Ham||12||5||3||4||+4||18|
|Team News: Manchester United v Hull
» Hull City : 29/11/2014 06:00:00
|Team News: Swansea City v Palace
» Crystal Palace : 29/11/2014 06:00:00
|Merson Predicts A Swansea City Win Though...
» Swansea : 28/11/2014 23:07:00
|No Win Prediction Again From Mark Lawrenson
» Swansea : 28/11/2014 21:48:00
|Kaikai Also Gets Loan Move
» Crystal Palace : 28/11/2014 21:25:00