Manchester City

Ba: I don’t mind United fans singing about Gerrard’s slip

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You couldn't make it up. Liverpool were about to win their first league title in over two decades. Steven Gerrard, who had spent the beginning of every season claiming that this year would be their year, finally looked as though he was going to be right.

After beating Manchester City, Gerrard ceased him moment to be the massive scouse cringe bag he is, wiping the non-existant tears from his eyes, huddling his players together, and screaming "this does not f*cking slip!

STATS: Is Kolorov right about United and City?

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Manchester City defender, Aleks Kolarov, has claimed that United have been been inferior to City over the past five or six years.

United has a great history but in the last five or six years, I think we have been superior to them. United is always United, a great club with a great history and if you don't respect them a lot they are going to beat you.

Scholes: Empty seats everywhere at City

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Paul Scholes has had a pop at Manchester City fans for failing to sell out yet another big game at the Etihad.

"The crowd need to get behind this team they need to create a special European atmosphere," Scholes said. "I was lucky enough to play at Old Trafford and we always talked about the atmosphere on a Tuesday night, the special atmosphere you create, and the crowd is rocking when you go out for a warm up.

Manchester United

STATS: Shirt sales in Manchester – red or blue?

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Sports Direct have published a feature showing the various regions where Premier League shirts are sold.

They've concentrated on eight clubs, including United and City, and have had made some fairly surprising discoveries, and some not so surprising.

Manchester United have had larger attendances than City every single season since the war, regardless of which club was enjoying the most success, and even when we had to play at Maine Road when Old Trafford was bombed.

Has Pellegrini not watched United this season?

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Speaking ahead of Sunday's derby, Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that United aren't any stronger this season compared to last.

Similar. I think that both teams are similar. We are not stronger. I think Manchester United bought very important players this year. I think also they are at the moment where you start with a new manager and new players which is not easy.

STATS: Glazers ensure lower spending than Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, City and Tottenham

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In first eight years of Glazer ownership, Manchester United spent 54.32% of their income on transfers and wages, lower than any rival.

United’s record with youth compared to Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Blackburn

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In response to Mike Phelan's claims that Manchester United had "lost their way" following the sale of Danny Welbeck, Jason Burt wrote for The Telegraph about United's history of youth team players. He claimed "it is a myth that United have always had a team overbrimming with local players and youth team products".

Rodgers: I copied Van Gaal’s model

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An old interview with Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, has emerged where he sings the praises of Louis van Gaal.

When managing Swansea, Rodgers was interviewed by The Blizzard, and claimed that he was inspired by the current Manchester United manager's style of play.

"Our philosophy was to feel confident in a possession game and keep improving the players through video analysis, through talking, communicating," he said.

Liverpool bringing joy to season of failure

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Around the start of April, it all seemed to be incredibly bleak. Manchester United were persevering with David Moyes. Moyes was a disaster, and it didn't seem that he was learning. If anything, it seemed like a substandard manager had made things so bad that he'd never get out of the deepening hole.

Was Van Persie wrong to celebrate after Arsenal goal?

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Robin van Persie gave the best years of his career to Arsenal, his boyhood club, but even when he was the Premier League's top scorer, winner of PFA and Football Writer of the Year awards, he had no medal to show for it.

The only trophy he won in his time with the North London club was the FA Cup at the end of his first season when he came on as a sub when United were robbed at Cardiff.

Manchester City offer to triple Adnan Januzaj’s Manchester United wages

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Manchester City plan to offer Adnan Januzaj a big money deal to quit rivals Manchester United. Reports in the Metro suggest City plan to take advantage of the 18-year-old stalling over a new contract by offering him a £45,000-a-week deal to move across Manchester. That would triple his current United salary.

Man Utd boss David Moyes writes off Champions League hopes

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David Moyes on CL: "I think it has become a harder competition to win with the spending power of some of the big teams in other countries." Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 29, 2013 Manchester United manager David Moyes says there are not enough world-class players in his squad to be able to mount a [.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Man City and Chelsea fans join forces for #MoyesIn campaign

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Just hope Fergie doesn't come out of his retirement... #MoyesIn Carina Anders (@CarinaAnders) September 28, 2013 Following Manchester United's back-to-back Premier League defeats, it wasn't long before disgruntled United fans and various armchair pundits took to Twitter to call for the new manager to be given the chop.

TOP 5: Defeats to the enemy

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6-1, 5-1, 4-1. Playing Manchester City and getting tonked by them is actually a fairly regular occurrence these days. But way before then, it didn't help that Manchester United were rubbish. It didn't help that any team can have an off day. It didn't help that Manchester City have recently been able to play really, really well.

Man Utd skipper Nemanja Vidic: ‘Man City defeat hurt’

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic says the derby day thrashing at the hands of rivals Manchester City hurt. The Serbia international said the champions had the experience to bounce back from the 4-1 reverse, but acknowledged that questions would be asked of the squad and of new manager David Moyes.

Just for Fun

Steven Gerrard: This is our year 2005-2014

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July 10th 2005: "It was great to get the shirt back on and hopefully in the coming season I can hit top form and deliver a trophy. Hopefully I can go on and win that medal that I'm craving for, which is the Premiership, because that's the one I'm missing. Hopefully it will be this year, but if not it will happen in the four years that I've signed for.

PICTURES: Which United players have won the league more often than Gerrard?

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1 time winners
Clayton Blackmore
Dion Dublin
Darren Ferguson
Mike Phelan
Jordi Cruyff
Karel Poborský
Jesper Blomqvist
Mark Bosnich
Luke Chadwick
Ronnie Wallwork
Laurent Blanc
Roy Carroll
Diego Forlán
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Juan Sebastián Verón
Gabriel Heinze
Kieran Richardson
Henrik Larsson
Alan Smith
Owen Hargreaves
Gerard Piqué
Michael Owen
Darron Gibson

2 time winners Mark Hughes
Paul Ince
Andrei Kanchelskis
Paul Parker
Bryan Robson
David May
Raimond van der Gouw
Fabien Barthez
Louis Saha
Dimitar Berbatov
Antonio Valencia
Chris Smalling
Javier Hernández

3 time winners
Steve Bruce
Jonny Evans
Rafael da Silva
Lee Sharpe
Ronny Johnsen
Teddy Sheringham
Jaap Stam
Dwight Yorke
Tomasz Kuszczak

4 time winners
Eric Cantona
Brian McClair
Gary Pallister
Mikaël Silvestre
Edwin van der Sar
Park Ji-Sung

5 time winners
Peter Schmeichel
Andrew Cole
Wes Brown
John O'Shea
Wayne Rooney
Patrice Evra
Nemanja Vidić
Darren Fletcher
Michael Carrick

6 time winners
David Beckham
Nicky Butt
Phil Neville
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
Rio Ferdinand

7 time winners
Denis Irwin
Roy Keane

8 time winner
Gary Neville

11 time winner
Paul Scholes

13 time winner
Ryan Giggs


ATTACKING STATS: United players compared to those at City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool

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City 59.5%
United 58.1%
Arsenal 57.6%
Chelsea 56.6%
Liverpool 55.2%

Passing accuracy
United 84.5%
City 85.2%
Chelsea 85%
Arsenal 84.1%
Liverpool 83.1%

Accurate long balls per game
United 43.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Chelsea fan on Moyes, winning the league and predictions

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Ahead of today's game against Chelsea, Ramon Isaac from the Chelsea blog Mowing Meadows has taken some time out to talk football.

Scott: How do you think Chelsea's season has gone so far?

Ramon: Personally I think it has gone about as well as it could've done so far.

Chelsea manager makes his opinion on bringing through youth known

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Ahead of Chelsea's game against Southampton, Jose Mourinho has explained his club's poor record of bringing through youth team players on having less time at a big club.

Ryan Bertrand is the closest thing Chelsea have had to an academy product making the first team recently, who the West London club bought from Gillingham when he was a teenager.

Photos: Chelsea training ahead of Spurs clash

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Here's a pic of the rest of the squad, taking part in some small sided games...#CFC pic.twitter.com/wG4lPllrIu Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 27, 2013 Chelsea's squad have been playing some small-sided games in preparation for tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off against London rivals Spurs. Goalkeepers Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer were put through their paces away from [.

Sandro: ‘Spurs are determined to win against Chelsea’

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Spurs midfielder Sandro says the squad is "determined" to beat Chelsea on Saturday to make amends for last season's home defeat to their London rivals. The Brazil international is aware of just how important the fixture is and says he and his team-mates want to secure a "big win" He told the club's official website: [.

Contributing Writer

PREDICTIONS: Derby day – journos and fans on City vs United Part II

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Danny Taylor, The Guardian's chief football writer


The strange thing is that while everyone has been obsessed with United's defence and let's not pretend it's been pretty City have kept only two clean sheets from their nine Premier League matches as well.

STATS: Best Manchester XI

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Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs.

Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League, has revealed that the blue half DO now have the edge.

Most Memorable Manchester Derbies

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Manchester City visit Old Trafford later in the month and the prospect fills most United fans with a feeling of dread akin to a starting XI containing William Prunier. After a couple of maulings in recent seasons, some supporters were actually grateful for the penalty shoot-out defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup against Sunderland for fear of embarrassment at Wembley against Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Evertonians on Moyes

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As for most privileged Reds of Generation X and Z, Fergie is all I've ever really known. Whilst in the deepest recesses of my subconscious rests Big Ron, Fergie is the only footballing face of authority I've ever really recognized. This has rendered a significant number of younger United fans extremely anxious, constantly questioning and treating this new person at the helm with caution, suspicion even.

Miscellaneous Musings on Keane vs Vieira: Best of Enemies

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The finest sentence of Roy Keane's 2002 Autobiography reads; "I like dogs, because unlike humans, they don't talk shite." As a human myself, who also happens to be a dog owner, I can see where he's coming from.

It's the sort of candor that's become synonymous with the man; a brand of deliberately outspoken contrariness that has led some notable Reds (namely Pete Boyle and Andy Mitten) to liken Roy to Mancunian musician Morrissey.

Mourinho’s “young eggs” – don’t believe the hype

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Just after Chelsea had fallen behind to Basle in the Champions League last night, the Sky Sports commentator asked whether Chelsea's youngsters truly had it in them to drag themselves back into the game.

I thought it seemed a fairly astonishing thing to say given the experience within the Stamford Bridge team's first x11, and it is an obvious example of the media swallowing whatever baloney their beloved ‘Special One' tosses out to them in his press conferences, hook, line, and sinker.

Louis van Gaal

LvG: Media invented Rooney’s injury

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In the run up to derby day, the media reported that Wayne Rooney was a doubt for the game, but Louis van Gaal has said there is no problem with the striker.

Rooney was not injured. The media was writing that but he was never injured. Maybe his shoes were too tight, that is possible, but he was never injured.

LvG: Giggs showed me how much the derby means

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Louis van Gaal has spoken of his understanding of the importance of getting a win against City on Sunday. Van Gaal noticed a difference in how Ryan Giggs, who has played in more Manchester derbies than anyone, delivered the pre-match analysis.

It is one of the 38 matches we have to play but, for the fans, it is unbelievably big as a rivalry.


Racist bins off Liverpool after dragging their name through the dirt

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Luis Suarez has left Liverpool for Barcelona just six months after signing a new 5-year-deal with the Merseyside club.

"I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term," said Suarez at the time. "I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool.

Would sacking Moyes make us another Chelsea?

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Manchester United fans rightly don't want the reputation of being an unsupportive club that sacks the manager at the drop of a hat. One of the arguments that is regularly put forward for keeping hold of David Moyes is that "we don't want to become like Chelsea". Whilst I'd argue that Chelsea's policy of sacking the manager hasn't prevented them from being successful, with them winning plenty of trophies with the eight different managers they've had in the past six years, it certainly has limited their success.

Is Arsenal manager right about refereeing decisions?

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Having waited for Sir Alex Ferguson to retire first, Arsene Wenger has claimed that our former manager influenced the referees to give us favourable decisions. It would be ridiculous to argue that United don't get the rub of the green at times but that is a luxury all clubs at the top tend to enjoy.

The Rest

VIDEO: Liverpool striker bites someone again

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Everyone's favourite racist, Luis Suarez, has bitten an opposition player for the third time in his career. Suarez ran at Italy's Giorgio Chiellini and bit in to his shoulder. Just like with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic before him, Chiellini hadn't provoked Suarez in any way. He was given a ten match ban for that bite and a seven match ban for biting Otman Bakkal's shoulder whilst at Ajax.

PICTURE: Liverpool fans graffiti Busby Babe’s bridge?

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Billy Whelan joined the United ranks when he was just a teenager and made his debut for the club when he was 19-years-old. The following week he scored his first goal for the club.

Whelan went on to play 98 games for United and scored an incredible 52 goals. He was on the plane with the team as they returned home from Munich and sadly, aged just 22, he died in the crash.

Fergie trusts Mourinho more than his own brother?? Riiiight…

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It came as a shock to most people when rumours started circulating on the evening of May 7th that Sir Alex Ferguson planned to retire at the end of the 2012/2013 season, having wrapped up the title weeks before the end of the season.

That night, Ferguson rang up his brother and closest confidante, Martin, to let him know of his decision.

VIDEO: Liverpool fan throws flare in to United crowd

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After going a goal behind on Wednesday, Liverpool fans started lighting flares, and then threw one of them in to the crowd of United fans below them.

Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet set to reject Sunderland

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Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, two of the early favourites to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager, are both set to rule themselves out of contention for the post. The Guardian reports that the pair both plan to spurn any approach from the Black Cats, with "Di Matteo, especially, and Poyet apparently lukewarm" [.

VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: City fan on signing Rooney, Pellegrini’s start and winning the leage

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Ahead of this afternoon's derby, Danny Pugsley from Bitter and Blue has answered a few questions on last season, this season and today's game.

Scott: What are your thoughts on last season and City's failure to put up a decent fight to defend the title?

Danny: In hindsight, you get the feeling that far more has been placed on City's failures.