Taggart Accepts Defeat Of Noisy Neighbours Boast
He gave it his best dismissive shot but the old man of Stretford has kept on finding MCFC in his face to the extent he's now calling for acceptance of City's status...
The by now infamous, condescending 'noisy neighbours' dismissal served as little more than a team talk to everyone associated with The Blues and came back to haunt Sir Alex Ferguson last year with interest.
The beleaguered 70 years old rags supremo and his jaded squad enter the city walls this weekend knowing that another defeat will see calls for him to step down as united manager increase following embarrassing exits from the League Cup and Champions League.
Right now, Ferguson and his management team who cut a crestfallen sight during their thumping at Newcastle two days ago are grateful for any City problem straws that they can clutch at. The news that the Toure brothers, Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri are either out or doubtful for Sunday's FA Cup 3rd Round derby has already raised expectations in the Home Counties that the rags can secure revenge for October's sheer humiliation at the hands of Roberto Mancini's men.
But in advance of what has become united's biggest game of the season to date, his age-old defiance appears to have deserted him, and not for the first time this season. He told the rags club magazine:
'The way we and our supporters should look at it is that we may as well get used to it, because they are not going to go away. We played them in a semi-final last year and the year before. We are both in the Europa League this year and now we are facing them in the FA Cup. So we have to get used to the fact that City are going to be challenging for competitions along with us. There's every chance we're going to meet at some point, maybe not every year, but on average it's going to be pretty regular.'
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