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Man United FC vs. Manchester City FC

Trafford Park

10th February 2008


On Sky

Man Utd v Manchester City

A very emotional day for the whole of Manchester as this game marks the occasion of fifty years when mainly twenty three Manchester people lost their lives tragically on the runway of Munich airport in 1958. The game sees two sides meeting in a derby where in recent seasons City have the better record, although United completed the double over City last season.

Vital Quotes:

Eriksson talks about City and the Derby: "Everybody is up for this one. You don`t need to say anything special, if you are not motivated by going to Old Trafford to play football, then you shouldn`t play football!' 'We can`t do much more than we have to concentrate on the game because we have a big task ahead of us.' '"We can be more than heroes, it`s an opportunity for us to show that the season is not over for us, our players have too much pride for that. We have 13 games left to play and we are going to fight right until the end of the season." Eriksson then goes on to talk about the physicalities of a derby match: 'Last week against Arsenal it took us 19 minutes to give away a foul. That is a long time in a game of football and I don`t want to see that again.' 'I don`t want us to be a stupid team and kick like others do, but you can`t let the opponents dominate you. Sometimes you have to push them, tackle them or whatever, but it can`t take 19 minutes before you are close to them. 'As for United, again I am not worried about an over aggressive style when they are up against it, they know what happened in August and that is enough for them.'

Man United FC Team News:

Louis Saha is not quite ready to return from a knee injury but Ferguson may be tempted to include Gary Neville, who has overcome a serious ankle problem. The likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, who did not feature for their countries in midweek, are likely to start. Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to keep up his fantastic form after an unusually subdued performance for Portugal against Italy, while Carlos Tevez will lead the line with Wayne Rooney serving a one-match suspension. Also Ferguson is considering giving 17-year-old striker Danny Welbeck his senior debut.

Player to watch: Cristiano Ronaldo

Without doubt this player is in the top three best players in the world at present as many millions of fantasy managers will testify. On his day he can single handedly destroy any team.

Manchester City FC Team News:

City have added Felipe Caicedo and Benjani Mwaruwari to their squad in the last couple of weeks to strengthen their front line and Benjani is almost certain to start against United. Daniel Sturridge started in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal last week but may have to be content with a place on the bench, along with Emile Mpenza and Darius Vassell. Nery Castillo is out with a shoulder problem, while Michael Johnson (abdominal strain) and Valeri Bojinov (knee) are long-term absentees and Elano and Corluka are suspended. So that would leave Nedum Onuoha to come into the right back position should he have shaken his knock off otherwise Eriksson might have to do a bit of shuffling around at the back.

Player to watch: Benjani Mwaruwari

He aims to make an immediate impact to the return of the venue of his last league game, although this time he will be wearing the more prestigious City shirt.

Match Facts & Stats

City have failed to win at their near neighbours United since the infamous Denis Law backheel victory in 1974. But City have managed to frustrate United on three of their last meetings there with credible draws. City have only recorded two away victories and have not taken a point from two of the big four away from home. United have taken maximum points from all their home games since their opening day draw with Reading.

Ref Watch:

Howard Webb - controversially allowed Santa Cruz's second goal at City after a conflab with his assistant. I just hope he can be strong and neutral in this all important game. Although he has yet to show a red card all season; could this be his first?

Match Prediction:

As much as I would like City to take something from this game, with Johnson and Elano missing from our midfield we will be overawed and I think it will be an easy 2-0 victory for United.

Next Fixtures:

A week's break for City. They face Everton at Home on Monday 25th February with an 8pm kick off.

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Writer: Gavin Cooper  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 9 2008

Time: 4:48PM

Your Comments

I expect tomorrow will see two red card ( Ball X Ronaldo ).
city 81
Hi, City 81 ,not with this ref, He will not send off a red.
Buzz Lightyear
BL, I wish, But this is the first derby they face each other after the famous incident, When Ball beaten Ronaldo.
city 81
Good Luck tomorrow lads. What would a double over Utd mean to you, eh? Just don't let a couple of your moron fans ruin what should be a mark of respect to the Busby Babes.
Boro 01
Wouldn't mind seeing Logan given a chance at right back and leave it to Micah to snuff out the fairy on the left. I see our loan players are banging in goals for fun, Dickov (2) and Ched Evans (2).
Evans will be key in our team in the coming season.
city 81
Evans will be key in our team in the next season.
city 81
I hate derbies. We should get hammered on current form ...... but I always think that. Come on you blues
vivid blue
On paper we should be very much the also rans vivid blue, but I keep reminding our site visitors that the rags have failed to beat us in the league on 7 occasions out of 11 since we were promoted under Mad Kev. It's all about who wants it more in these clashes and united's apathy down the years towards liddle ciddy and it being "our cup final" has left us repeatedly underestimated.
Johnny Baguette
Nice to see a realistic match prediction!
well done lads.. u guys proved all that hype regarding ruining the minute silence wrong n deserve a big pat on the back.. n ur team played superb football and did us a gr8 favour.. now, all the best in ur search of a top 4 finish
I am so proud of them. I do hope however that the FA learn from this, which has put so much pressure on the Fans by the media. Well done.
Buzz Lightyear
What about Benjani, Buzz? He looks to play for the joy of it and he was a colossus up front for us today!
Johnny Baguette
Just wanted to come over to congratulate and say thanks to City. Double over Utd! The best team won tonight. And your fellow fans showed class and respect for the tragedy, which was moving to see. But the great football topped it all off. Very well done guys!
Lou the Gunneress
good job lads,i told you i always got a soft spot for you and this is the reason why!!i hope you finish in the top 6 if not top 4
the arsenal
CONGRATULATIONS for all MC fans on their success against the Evil Empire. You are so beautiful!!! Why your site is so small?
Cheers, London Town! Job Done. Now for that European push!
Johnny Baguette
Right Johnny, I don't think you guys even need Intertoto to get into Europe like Spurs do... Good luck anyway!
Lou the Gunneress
Ok... who would have predicted that!!
great double over united!! WELL DONE BOYS!!! AND THANKS!!!
cheers lads,you made my week
fran merida
Lovely to hear, or not as the case may be, the minutes silence being observed as it should be.
good win lads.
Congrats on the win, pretty impressive stuff.
Blue is the colour
What a great result and thoroughly deserved.

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