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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Manchester United v Manchester City: Will United derail City's title hopes?

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Manchester United boss David Moyes has bought himself some time at Old Trafford with timely wins over Olympiakos and West Ham United - games that, let's be honest here, United should be winning - but he could truly endear himself to the crowd if he were to beat their title-chasing City rivals tonight.

The Red Devils are not used to being in this position. They start the day in seventh place, a whopping 18 points off the leaders Chelsea, with City in third, just six points off the summit with three games in hand. For the past two decades United have been top dogs in Manchester, but they have been eclipsed by their big-spending rivals and could be looking at a prolonged spell out of the top four.

Moyes fearCity have a plethora of big names at the Etihad. Yaya Toure is a beast of a midfielder when he's on form, David Silva can carve open the meanest of defences, Kompany is a rock at the back, while Aguero, Negredo and Dzeko all have their strengths going forward. Man for man, City have the stronger squad. United have their own star names - Rooney, De Gea, RVP, Mata, Januzai - there is simply not enough of them.

It's not often United go into any game as underdogs let alone a Manchester derby, but that tag may suit David Moyes. Everyone without United blood running through their veins is expecting a City win tonight. With all the pressure on the visitors, United will be looking to derail City's title hopes. Old Trafford will be rocking once again and that will inspire their players to give it their all.

United were humiliated by Liverpool on their last home excursion in the league and Moyes will be looking to wipe that under the carpet as soon as possible. Of course it wasn't that long ago that City came calling and gave Fergie's men a hiding. Moyes can not afford another heavy defeat.

City can move up to second in their quest for the title with victory tonight. United will be looking to move within two points of fifth placed Spurs.

The eyes of the world will be on Manchester tonight. Will it be a classic? Will United restore their authority on the city? Or will City strengthen their dominance over their city rivals?

It should be a mouth-watering clash with plenty of action and excitement to keep us on the edge of our seats, but who will emerge victorious?

We'd love to hear what you think the score will be.

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Colin Illingworth



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