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SuperMario Out Of Crunch Cup Derby

Cue street parties across The Garden of England. Italy and City's brilliant striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of Sunday's FA Cup Third Round Derby...

The Citizens hitman cannot shake off ankle knack sustained in training after Christmas.

It's all about options at this crucial stage of the season and arguably Mario would have started Sunday's game alongside the also unavailable Gareth Barry and YaYa Toure.

Following triple league humiliations at the hands of City, Blackburn and Newcastle, exit from the weakest Champions League group and League Cup elimination by Crystal Palace, Manchester united's world is threatening to fall apart.

Many rags are increasingly questioning the position of beleaguered manager Sir Alex Ferguson and those calls will only escalate should City beat the rags yet again on Sunday.

The sudden reduction in Roberto Mancini's effective will come as manna from heaven to Taggart but will serve to undermine a little his imminent mind games assertion that his nosediving side are the underdogs.

all times East Manchester
Su 8 Jan 13:00 City v Rags, The Etihad, FAC3
We 11 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, The Etihad, LCSF1
Mo 16 Jan 20:00 Wigan, DW Stadium, PL
Su 22 Jan 13:30 Spurs, The Etihad, PL
We 25 Jan 19:45 Liverpool, Anfield, LCSF2

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Writer: Johnny Baguette VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 5 2012

Time: 2:07PM

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On the bright side, it will stop the rag players from pushing, hacking, shoving, pinching, groping and farting on Mario in an effort to wind him up enough to pick up a red card. Sadly, he'll still be able to smell Lord bacon Face's halitosis from the stands...
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