Role Reversal

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Manchester Derby

For many years a late-season Manchester derby offered little interest for Manchester City fans. Little that is, apart from an opportunity to throw a spanner into the United title charge. (Can one throw a spanner into a charge? Not a debate for right now.) Back in the good old pre-Prem days, City managed to nab a draw at Old Trafford back in April 1992,  a month in which a United collapse allowed Eric Cantona’s Leeds to finish top.

And so to today, where United (who would presumably prefer to finish 7th than 5th-6th and face the dreaded Europa League,) have only one motivation left – stop the noisy neighbours winning the title. And in the process hand it to leaders Chelsea, and that dreadful Jose man? No no. Wait – what about that team the neutrals apparently want to win, the free-scoring fun-lovers who haven’t won it for 24 years. Liverpool? Ah – maybe City would be the best option after all for Red diehards.

The truth is, it is unlikely United will be able to have their say in any case. They have been absolutely hopeless against any team in the top half, let alone in the top three this season, and without RVP, have far fewer genuine match-winners than City.

11/10 on an away win with our good friends at Ladbrokes seems to be the bet, whilst a ‘comfortable but not humiliating 2-0 take a few players off ahead of the Emirates at the weekend’ is available at 11/1. Get right on it.

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