It was Frankie Goes To Hollywood who famously sang the lyrics 'When Two Tribes Go To War', on Monday evening, that's exactly what happened under the famous floodlights at Old Trafford as the Red and Blue tribe went head to head in the Manchester derby.
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Clint Dempsey scored his second goal of the season against Manchester United, just as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were so close from going seven points clear at the top. In the end after pressure the defence couldn’t quite hold out and as a result United drew with Tottenham.
Manchester United had lost at Wigan in April. That started the decline which would ultimately see Man City pip them to the title with a last-gasp Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero goal.
United visited Wigan on New Year's Day looking to maintain their 7 point lead over their ‘noisy’ neighbours.
As we well know Manchester United and City have won the last 2 Premier League titles. Going into Sunday’s match at the Etihad, United fans were thinking of nothing but revenge for losing the title and goals, because they know how important it is to score more than once in a derby-match.
Saturday 3rd November 2012, lunchtime kick off and Arsenal at Old Trafford with Chelsea following at Swansea where they have the chance to get over the controversial loss of last weekend. Then Manchester City at the Hammers.
This is what it means to be a fan.
The Champions of the two best leagues in the world met in the opening game of their Champions League group, giving us all a chance to see what could be termed the best game on Earth.
No other game actually pits the winners of the best leagues against each other and with each team costing a kings ransom, involving the systematic selection and then overpayment of talent, even the subs bench would have most Clubs purring.
Once upon a time Jack Rodwell was seemingly a player destined to end up in Manchester. This week he has indeed left Merseyside and Everton to sign a team in Manchester, the blue-half and not United.
Think back to last summer when Owen Hargreaves was released by Manchester United after four injury-plagued seasons at Old Trafford. Remember at the time it was rumoured he would be joining West Brom or Leicester City, then managed by former England manger Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Desperate, that’s what Manchester United were to turn to Paul Scholes according to Patrick Vieria. Well let’s look at the league table now Mr Football Development Executive, because right now it’s looking pretty desperate for Manchester City at the moment.
The season slips away for Manchester City as they prove they can't buy a team, just a collection of overpaid primadonna's.
Losing David Silva to injury, Sergio Aguero to form and foot spray and Mario Balotelli to lunacy, compounded by Yaya Toure's poorly knee and Roberto Mancini's poor English and you have disarray. Loss of form, loss of temperament and loss of games. City are a massive club.
They've got 3 stars on their shirt and I don't know what they mean, because City are a massive club.
The title race just got a lot more interesting. The pressure was on both Manchester clubs but Citys defeat at Swansea has given United a huge boost. Let’s have a detailed look at both sides: