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Manchester City vs Manchester United: Open Thread

Manchester City Manchester United English Premier League trophy 2011 2012 title race 600x600 Manchester City vs Manchester United: Open Thread

It all comes down to this. Or so we hope. A win for either club will have massive consequences on the race for the Premier League title. A win for Manchester City, and they’ll go back into first place on goal difference. A win for Manchester United and the title will almost be theirs. A draw would help Manchester United more than it would City.

If you haven’t done so already, listen to the preview of the match on the third segment of the EPL Talk Podcast, and/or read the match preview here. Then, later tonight, the EPL Talk Podcast crew will be assembling to do a special podcast episode to dissect the match. Feel free to post your questions in the comments section below for the EPL Talk Podcast crew of Laurence, Kristan, Matt, Kartik and Morgan to chew over.

Also, feel free to post in the comments section below where you’ll be watching the game, and in which city in the world. For me, I’ll be working from home in Lake Worth, Florida, watching the match on ESPN. How about you?

US viewers will be able to watch the match live on ESPN and ESPN3.com. In the United Kingdom, Manchester City versus Manchester United will be on Sky Sports. Wherever you’re watching in the world, let’s hope you enjoy it!

Manchester United team: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra, Carrick, Park, Scholes, Nani, Rooney, Giggs.

Manchester City team: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Barry, Yaya Toure; Silva, Nasri, Tevez; Aguero.

Before, during and after today’s Manchester derby, share your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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26 Responses to Manchester City vs Manchester United: Open Thread

  1. Jon says:

    Found my way out of work this afternoon.

    A Chelsea fan, but wouldn’t miss this. Headed to Atlanta’s finest soccer pub for a few pints and to soak up the scene. Pulling for United, but I inconveniently wore a light-blue button-down to the office this morning. D’oh.

  2. Pulaha Chaudhuri says:

    I wish I am wrong. I predict a Manchester City win. What’s your prediction, Chris?

  3. It’s clear what United’s intentions are for the match. No Valencia or Welbeck in the starting 11, and the re-introduction of Ji-Sung Park. Looks like they want to batten down the hatches in the midfield. Very strange selections, at least from a neutral perspective.

  4. RBP says:

    Can’t say I’m a fan of either team, but if City wins (and wins the league) it will be a sad day for football across the world.

  5. Andrei says:

    Good acting from Rooney.

  6. The Gaffer says:

    Manchester United is playing what is effectively an 8-1-1 formation. Can City break down that wall of eight defenders, or will United get the goal on a counter attack?

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  7. Andrei says:

    Wow that was some really bad defending from United :(

  8. United’s team selection is what has them down. Too much pressure from City, and the lack of Valencia gives them very little on the counter. Sir Alex has to consider a change for United to have any chance of getting back in this one. City are starting to look rampant.

  9. The Gaffer says:

    GOAL for Vincent Kompany who beat Smalling to the header from a corner kick.

    For the neutral, this is good news. Manchester United will have to push forward more in the second half to try to tie this game up, creating openings in the back for City to penetrate.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  10. QPR_Fan says:

    Lol Ferguson. City hold one time!

  11. jtm371 says:

    Good on you City fans MUFC played not to lose and lost.Big match against Newcastle UTD beware of the let down.

  12. Joe956 says:

    United gave this title to City this year. City has shown that to win it you just have to be willing to spend millions on world cup players. Despite that, they almost blew it as well. Luckily, for City, Ferguson showed that he may be getting dimensia now and made terrible moves throughout the year. Bottom line is United is not that good of team. Rafael? Evans? My God, they are terrible. De Gea is not a premier league goalkeeper and the only good player they really have is Rooney. If United want to compete next year they need to get a top notch defender, a midfielder and a real goal keeper. Otherwise, Fergie’s 20th title is only a pipe dream.
    City and Chelsea will be the dominant teams next year. Hopefully, United will place 4th next season to make the Champions League. As for blame, well, the boys just aren’t that good, folks, and I say the blame for blowing it this year belongs to Sir Alex Ferguson.

  13. Ivan says:

    United w/ 0 shots on goal for 90 minutes. It would be disgraceful if they win the title…Cites at Newcastle will be a very tricky game.

    United have not 1, but 2 Yodas on the field, Giggsie and Scholsie (no disrespect for both, amazing players back in their day), with combined age of 792 years…

    Yaya and Zabaleta were outstanding today! The better team won.

  14. Mufc77 says:

    No complaints about the result city deserved the win.

    Someone tell me I’m not the only person that can see our midfield was going to be overrun right from the very start. Giggs, carrick, park, scholes and nani were terrible selection. How can the manager not see whats so obivous that none of them can win a tackle and four of them cant carry the ball more than 10 yards. None of them had the legs to get up and help Rooney and when they did they couldn’t get back and defend. It’s frustrating that it’s so obivous yet we still do it in big games.

    Hopefully Newcastle can steel a draw next week, if not city will deserve the title for no other reason than the way they have comeback over the last 2-3 weeks

  15. BA14 says:

    So why did Arsenal get rid of Gael Clichy?

  16. Joe956 says:

    Clichy has been with MC from the start of the year, of course, they have so many expensive players it is hard to keep track. MC bench is a bunch of World Cup players. Arabia owns the premier league now. Good job, Alex, on your great decisions this season. You had it in the bag a couple weeks ago and you dropped it like a bowel movement, messy.

  17. Clampdown says:

    It must be awfully noisy in Manchester right now.

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