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D-Day For City As United Prepare For Onslaught

Well it's finally here, the moment that all City fans have been looking forward to since the Carling Cup semi-final defeat at the start of the year.

Only a few season's ago every City fan would have been looking forward to this game as the highlight of the season and a resounding victory against the munchers of Prawnville would have been treated as if winning a cup.

But that was then. This City is a different animal. No longer a selling club or whipping boy for the top tier sides, but an equal in every sense of the word.

This Blues side is a City full of belief , ability and with a defence that has got its act together and a manager who can formulate a game plan and actually see it through to the end.

And United fans, players and a certain red-nosed Scot can sense what may be coming. For whether its today, tomorrow or next season, every United fan and player knows that City are on the United trail like a pack of wolves on the scent of a wounded animal and sooner or later the game will be up.

The fear is now firmly with United whether they'll admit it or not and they are now the ones sweating in a pool of their own -well excrement for want of a better word.

The first league derby away from home was a barn stormer with both teams looking to send out a signal of intent to the rest of the league and more importantly one another.

Trafford may have won the game 4-3 but it was City who came away with the plaudits as they played some scintillating counter-attacking football with Craig Bellamy ripping the Reds' defence ragged.


The manner in which the rags scored their winner didn't help as an injury time goal by Michael Owen gave United the points after Craig Bellamy had equalised on 90 minutes.

The goal was scored in the 110th minute of stoppage time and although the victory was theirs the damage had already been done. Psychologically the Blue half of Manchester had proved to themselves that they could compete on level pegging with one of the best teams in Europe in their own back yard and they had nothing to fear.

City proved this in the second and third derbies of the season when the two rivals faced faced off in the two-legged League Cup semi-final.

City comfortably won the first leg at Eastlands 2-1 but United's experience in huge European ties and talisman Wayne Rooney dug them out of a huge whole with a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford to take them to Wembley.

Yet City will have again taken the positives from those games and the prospect of ruining United's record breaking title run coupled with a Champions League place will fire them up making them too hot for Fergie's fledglings.

Without a referee and command of the Old Trafford stop watch Ferguson will have to rely on the league's best defence to stay focused and Rooney to be fit.

One things for sure, Mancini will be telling his team to go for the jugular and in Tevez, Bellemy and Adebayor City have the teeth to really maul United.




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Date:Saturday April 17 2010

Time: 7:31AM

Your Comments

INSPIRATIONAL: "every United fan and player knows that City are on the United trail like a pack of wolves on the scent of a wounded animal and sooner or later the game will be up."
Johnny Baguette
No one denies that City will eclipse United sooner or later, but if, in the meantime, little ol' Tottenham can sneak a Champions League season or two, I wouldn't be complaining. :) Having said that, best of luck to you tomorrow. May the best representative of Manchester win.
DubaiSpur
lando78, maybe you speak a season (or two) too early...your team has made significant progress on the pitch from last year but you are not there yet. I don't see you beating united today and for reasons of time and space I may not be able to elaborate why. Regarding the much coveted 4th position, you are not quite there yet, considering the rather cruel run-in you have....united,arsenal,spurs and villa(not sure) I advice you take a deep breath and allow reality wash over you.
blueogre
Thanks dubaispur, we did.
tuscan3000
I had this down as a draw but poor defending in the dying moments let Scholes in. Its now for Spurs to pull something special out of the hat to get something against Chelsea. what an increadible season 4th is still on for one of us!
keefdayid
Thanks for nothing!!!
Rune3k
tuscan3000, by the skin of your teeth. Must have been cracking when that goal went in, eh?
DubaiSpur
****ing hell, all that big talk for what?? Damnit fellas, why the feck was Scholes left unmarked inside the damned box? Now I can't stand the press.. You lot should've atleast drawn it.. Why else did Mancini put on VIERA?? ****..
JT_daniel
Jt_daniel, stick to the game at hand...make your own luck and beat us at the Lane, if you can. Then, you won't have to rely on City to do your work for you.
DubaiSpur
City failed to take the game to the ageing rags, played too narrow at the back and got punished. Like the gasping Neville, Scholes was a passenger second half until again City left space on that right flank. The rags were there for the taking today and we'll be back stronger in September. Clock ticking Norwich Heath.
Johnny Baguette
Johnny Baguette, it was harsh on you, mate. Though all those anticipatory articles on how United were trembling....you have to admit, JB, that was counting your chickens on a grand scale.
DubaiSpur
All part of the Manchester derby psyche mate. They won't be able to maintain a challenge without spending much longer.
Johnny Baguette
Part of the Manchester derby psyche it may be, JB, but it won't stop the streams of United fans lording it over you till the next derby...I speak from experience of derbies and their bitter aftermath:). And yes, without spending United won't be able to maintain a challenge. But they've shown that they can spend before, so they'll probably keep doing so, especially if the Red Knights or whatever they're called take over.
DubaiSpur
City are learning the hard way that you can't simply buy class and experience; tacky buggers.
Tony Rocky Horror
In truth it was a poor game. Both sides were solid defensively and United looked devoid of ideas and ability in the middle. City probably deserved a draw based on the way they played - but all the talk before the match meant the fans got what they deserved.
tuscan3000
It was a poor derby one of the poorest I've seen in decades. Passionless.
Johnny Baguette
Probably because both teams had something on the line for once and neither wanted to lose.
tuscan3000
but the end was dramatic really
paul_manu
I really do hope we beat you. Not just because i'm Spurs, but because we've been trying to crack this nut for years now, and i think we've earned our chance. With the amount of money behind you, i think you can afford to wait a while longer yet.
Tony Rocky Horror
I agree with you TRH. City should comfortably finish top 3 next season - assuming they strengthen this summer - which is a bit like assuming a bear defecates in the woods.
tuscan3000
 

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