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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Derby Day Approaches

Its a been a long while since we actually took a game against Man City seriously for pure footballing reasons. Last season, we won both ties, 0-1 away, and 2-0 at home, with Rooney scoring at Eastlands, and Ronnie and Tevez scoring at home, and after loosing at Eastlands the season before, we were truly distracted on the return leg, which we consequently lost 1-2, by the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Munich Air disaster, giving the Citizens their first double over United in 34 years. Last year, the Oil revolution had just begun and their period of transition had truly begun, inconsistency reigned, home form was brilliant, away form was woeful, and the seasons' results showed regression despite the cash influx. Yet the chairman and owners, amazingly and admirably kept faith in the Manager, made more funds available and strengthened the squad to its current state. They may not pose a serious and sustained threat to our league winning ambitions, but over the course of 90 minutes they can cause us similar problems to those they inflicted upon arsenal last weekend.

Fortunately for us United fans, somewhat unfortunately for the neutrals, Adebayor is suspended, Robinho is injured, Tevez and Santa Cruz's fitness are questionable, as are Steven Ireland's and Vincent Kompany's. Although Man City have a large and numerous squad, it no doubt cripples Mark Hughes' first choice team, and more importantly, his attacking line-up. Without Adebayor, Robinho, Tevez, Benjani or Santa Cruz, Bellamy is left as the only recognized striker, as Jo, Bojinov and Caicedo are all on loan at other clubs. Finding our closest neighbors so badly undermanned could provide us with a great chance to take all three points against them and keep them below us in the league.

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