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Man United vs Man City: The Biggest Match in Decades for Manchester

This Sunday sees the two Manchester Clubs collide in what is the biggest match between the two for many a year. With no disrespect to Chelsea and the rest of the chasing pack, this is likely to be a match between this season’s top two. And it could very well be the first step in the final phase of the changing of the guard in Manchester and the Premier League.

Should City win at Old Trafford for only the second time in 35 years, then it will be a huge step towards them claiming the league title for the first time since 1968. Not because it will open up a five point gap but because of the confidence that it will give the squad from the Etihad. As much as money can buy you great players, it cannot buy you the belief that you are destined to win. That quality is one that can only be earned through hard work and good results, as perfectly demonstrated for the past 20 years by Manchester United.

The battle between the two giant Manchester clubs has, ever since the Arabian takeover of City, been described as a clash of two different financial approaches. Whilst, this is the case we can sometimes find ourselves in danger of over-emphasising the monetary aspect of the game. As the cliché goes, you cannot buy league titles. A more accurate and indeed more interesting way to approach the rivalry is to look at the psychological approaches at the clubs. This year’s title race is between the club that knows it can win the league and the club that wants to believe it can.

Both clubs have spent huge amounts of money on players. The difference being that United has spread its spending out over the last 20 years. City have simply been playing catch up, a game that was easy at the start as they emerged from the middle of the league, but which has now reached the stage where money is of little, if any, help. Now the game has reached the point where skills of both sides are pretty well matched and the margins or error have become incredibly small. Now that match, the title, will be won in the mind.

City will never have a better chance to win the league than this year. They have the strongest squad in the league and this is the first year where they are expected to challenge. In the seasons to come, should they fail this year, the opposition will not be as weak and crucially the emotional and psychologically baggage will start to accumulate. Questions will be asked about their mental strength, their self-belief. This year, those questions are only just starting to be asked.

Sunday at Old Trafford does not see a clash of financial differences but instead the collision of two clubs at two different ends of the mental journey to becoming Champions. The result and the performance will go a long way in deciding the next steps for both clubs. If City win, they may start to really believe they can win the league whilst United may start to doubt themselves. The other way around could see City lose any belief already building and concede ground to an opponent in Sir Alex Ferguson who is unlikely to give them a chance of redemption. Everything is pointing to a great clash on Sunday and the most intriguing will be the invisible one happening in the minds of all those involved at both these great clubs.

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  1. jack

    October 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    man city 6 man u 1

  2. wilcox E

    October 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    manchester united will defeat manchester city, man u cant afford to lose the match and ferguson will make sure of that, however manchester city has never faced a very big club this season in the prl, this is going to be their first big match. scores man u 3: man city:1 go ahead and bet no shaking

  3. Dont glory-hunt, help soccer grow in USA

    October 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    this game is going to be cagey like all derby/rivalry matches are. let’s hope for a good spectacle, but neither manager is going to want to lose. especially Ferguson. But i think mancini will go with a defensive lineup and try to keep the gap between City and United at 2 points. For American Man United fans, Man United is like a cocaine addiction to you and feeds your glory-hunting appetite. It would be interesting to see how long the club can keep supplying this addiction to you. Because once they stop, you’ll have no choice but to go to rehab and after you come out of rehab, you will start supporting your local team in the US.

    • MNUfan1991

      October 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      I don’t have a local team in NYC to support. The nearest MLS team is in another state. Now what?

      • The Gaffer

        October 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        Same here. The nearest MLS team to me is 1,000 miles away. Who, other than the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (who I already support), am I supposed to follow?

        The Gaffer

  4. Fernando

    October 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Chelsea will prove to be the decisive factor in the title run in b/c even if they are out of it, the games between them and City/United will pad the lead of either club.

    Just remember that Chelsea made up a lot of ground between the new year and the match with United at Old Trafford which effectively settled the race. After the holiday fixtures, the picture will become a little clearer.

  5. Fernando

    October 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    To presume Chelsea will not be a contender is pretty foolish.

    There’s no doubt both the Manchester clubs have had impressive starts to the season. To claim this is the first step for City to win the title is a little naive, we’re in October.

    I hope the derby lives up to previous encounters.

    However, as Sir Alex knows those games with Chelsea tend to be important too.

    • MCHobbit

      October 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      Completely agree – in fact, I think it is City’s matches against Chelsea that will have more of a bearing on their title aspirations than those against United. Obviously those against United will factor, but lets say even drawing against United at Old Trafford and winning at Eastlands (or Etihad, or w/e) won’t mean much if they lose/draw to Chelsea.

      I do think Chelsea will play a larger role in the title race than many are giving them credit for at this point in the season.

    • mason

      October 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      ok, chelsea are a good club, but i mean the lost bad to an unexpierencied united side, they will be stomped by city and united next time around. And they dont have the team that cant finnish. honestly chelsea is joke at this point in time:)

      • MNUfan1991

        October 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

        I would never write off Chel$ki. The Ladyboy is back and they have some excellent signings in Mata and Ramires. Chek$ki lost at OT because they couldn’t finish their chances. It could easily have been 4:1 to Chelsea (but it could have been 7:1 to United too).

  6. Patrick Starr

    October 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

    i want 4-3 score. + even more amazing wayne rooney overhead kick goal.

    not a united supporter but i want them to win to keep the title race close.

  7. Eric

    October 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Per usual, a Manchester derby in late October will be completely overshadowed by the more meaningful Manchester derby in Eastlands come late April/early May 2012.

    Any result for any Manchester club on Sunday will help, but there’s so much football to be played domestically and in Europe.

    Enjoy the match build up and hype, but hopefully the derby will be just as entertaining.

  8. AM

    October 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

    An unstoppable force meets an immoveable object….

    Hopefully, the Manchester derby lives up to the hype

  9. Jay

    October 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Man Utd vs Man City
    This game will give a good indication as to who will win the title.

  10. Evan

    October 20, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Great article.

    I’m hoping that the United who struggled the beat Norwich shows up 🙂
    But I’m 100% sure they won’t.

    Should be a great game. Even if we lose, we’ll still be only 1 point behind. Not bad, eh?

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