A derby that has unfinished business and it's NOT just a Premier League title in a tug-of-war
The eagerly awaited El Clasico just passed by last Saturday, with Real Madrid doing the dubious to stun the world and beating bitter rivals Barcelona 1-2 in the Nou Camp; to all but settle the Spanish La Liga title. Real Madrid are huge favourites to become the new Spanish champions and take the La Liga title from Barcelona to the Spanish capital for the first time since 2008.
For once, the footballing world awaits a derby bigger than El Clasico on Monday April 30, the world's eyes will turn to witness one of the biggest derby matches in the world this season. Blue vs red, 2nd against 1st, the Mancini vs Ferguson mind games and only 3 points separates them from the Holy Grail. Yes you got it, it’s Manchester City vs Manchester United, better known as ‘City vs United’. The derby at Old Trafford this season finished in City giving United a 6-1 thrashing in front of their own 'loyal' fans, who had left long before the game ended. United will be seeking revenge after the suffering their biggest embarrassment in history at Old Trafford in October 2011, to their 'noisy' neighbours; Manchester City.
The Red Devils will make the six mile journey across Manchester on derby day to play their wealthy rivals City at Eastlands. United will have unfinished business with City after the 6-1 shock reverse. Certainly this will be United’s shortest and biggest away journey this season. It is undoubtedly the most significant Manchester derby in recent times, with pride and a prestigious Premier League title on the line. After United’s 4-4 draw vs Everton at Old Trafford, they handed a precious lifeline for City and The Citizens took it with both hands, recording a 2-0 win at Wolves, with Wanderers relegated to the Championship from this defeat. Most of people including even City manager Roberto Mancini are tipping defending champions United as favourites to win the title race however it’s done. However on the other hand, United manager Alex Ferguson is wary of the difficult challenge ahead of them; taking on the unbeaten home record of City at the ‘fortress’ Etihad Stadium next Monday night.
United are searching for a 20th title by overcoming their so-called ‘noisy neighbours’ to the finish line. Whereas City aim to show the country that finally there is another team in Manchester. The Citizens aim to win this Premier League title and become serious competitors to neighbours United in years to come, in order to end the Red Devils’ dominance in Manchester and the Premier League.
A win for the hosts on Monday night will take them top of the table on goal difference. Goal difference is not a problem for City, currently +6 ahead of United.
A win for the visiting Premier League leaders and the title will surely by all but over with only two games to go, taking them 6 points clear at the summit.
This will be the 146th edition of the Manchester derby in league football. The red side of Manchester has won 58 times, with City winning 38 times and 49 draws.
In the last 5 Premier League meetings at Eastlands, the visitors have the better record with 3 wins, City have won once and the most recent game last season ended in a 0-0 draw.