Tomorrow is Manchester Derby. One of the greatest Derbies & Rivalries of all time. Already lots of talking is going around.
Fergie has seen Manchester City’s challenge and raised them, putting pride on the table ahead of the Manchester derby.
Manchester City announced their arrival for the umpteenth time when they outplayed crisis-hit Arsenal last week and will be feeling good going into the Mancunian derby on Sunday.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has looked out of his ivory tower and taken note of the Citizens ambling over the horizon, bags of cash in tow.
The wily Scot understands that City intend to bother the big guns from now until the end of the season under his old charge Mark Hughes.
He said: “It’s an immediate impact and we will sit back and accept this challenge. We experienced it with Chelsea when [Roman] Abramovich came in and bought all those players that summer and they won the league in the next two years. The one thing you can say about this club, though, is that it can accept a challenge and do something about it.”
“We have won the last two leagues. Mark Hughes has to use his money well and shape his team – that’s for the future…”
“At the moment, our immediate threats are still Chelsea and Liverpool.” Sir Alex will be hoping Robinho and co. are merely ones to watch, for defeat for the Red Devils at Eastlands could see their season start to go a bit Arsenal-shaped.
The arrival of Robinho from Real Madrid for a British record transfer fee of €42.5 million changed the sky blues much. The Brazilian has made an instant impact, scoring eight league goals and according to skysports.com, the United boss clearly thinks he was an excellent signing.
“You think £32million, is he worth it?” mused Sir Alex on Robinho’s goal against Arsenal last weekend, “When he scores goals like that you have to say yes.”
Robinho looks set to recover from an ankle injury to feature in tomorrow’s game and Ferguson admitted the former Madrid man was a special talent. He said: “The audacity and composure were absolutely brilliant. Maybe he is not in the game a lot but he produces these moments that others cannot do.”
“It is always the same, whether a player costs £32m or £2m,” explained the Scot, “When they come from another country you have a job to do in terms of how they interact with other players, adapt to a different culture and learn the language.”
Robinho himself had admitted that a goal against Manchester United tomorrow will feel as good as scoring for Brazil against Argentina.
“What people have to realise is that I want to be here for many, many years to come,” said the Brazilian to The Guardian, “Some people seem to think I’m here only for the money but that’s not true at all. If I only wanted money, I would have gone somewhere else.”
The former Real Madrid man also spoke of his excitement about tomorrow’s clash and admitted he felt scoring a goal in the match: “would be the same feeling as scoring for Brazil against Argentina.”
Alex Ferguson has said he will make a late decision on whether to include record signing Dimitar Berbatov in the derby match against Manchester City on Sunday.
Ryan Giggs explained to the Manchester Evening News that he does not feel Manchester City will not be a force for some time, and revealed how it feels to lose on derby day…
Ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday, with United eight points behind Liverpool and Chelsea, their centre-back Rio Ferdinand has urged the team “to start grinding out results.” Ferdinand Urges United To Start Winning Ugly.
Patrice Evra has left little no doubt as to how determined Manchester United are to make stuffed turkey out of their city rivals…
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra says he and his team-mates are hell-bent on giving the fans an early Christmas present by beating their increasingly lethal rivals Manchester City this weekend.
“Sunday is a massive game for us and a really important one for the players, staff and the fans,” Evra told the club’s official website.
“Last season we lost six points [against City], and although we ended up winning the league, it was very disappointing. Winning on Sunday would be a great present for our supporters.”
High-flying Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland has talked up his club’s fans ahead of the hotly anticipated Manchester derby on Sunday.
“City’s fans both home and away are always fantastic, but last night was special, seeing them cheering us on with all their scarves and flags and singing their songs, was an amazing sight,” he gushed.
“Derby games are great occasions anyway but the part the fans play make it all the more special and we’ll be counting on their backing come Sunday.”
Confidence will be high for City going into the Manchester derby after their 3-0 destruction of Arsenal, and they also welcome back samba star Robinho who missed their midweek Uefa Cup win with an ankle knock. United have had two extra days’ rest than City, as their Champions League game was on the Tuesday. The Red Devils welcome Dimitar Berbatov back to action and it may be no concidence that they have failed to score since the Bulgarian has been sidelined, their defence however remains tight and solid. City did not manage one win over United in the 90s, but did the double over them last season, making Sven Goran Eriksson a (temporary) Blue legend.
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