Friday, 27 April 2012

EPL: Mother of All Ties- Manchester Derby to Decide Title

It was a tale of swinging fortunes for the teams from Manchester this past Sunday. Wayne Rooney scored twice last Sunday against Everton but Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar's late strikes boosted the other team from Manchester, who in their match relegated Wolves with a 2-0 win.

What has transpired over the past 4 days, if Roberto Mancini's side beat their cross town rivals next Monday, they will go top of the league table on goal difference with two games remaining.

Talking to the media, Sir Alex said: "We need a result. It's a derby of amazing proportions."

In the opening Premier League meeting between the Manchester clubs last October, City claimed a famous 6-1 win against depleted United. He added: "It is probably the most important derby game in my time. We have to go there, make sure we perform in the right way and not give away silly goals.

"There's no reason why we can't get a good result. There has been an expectancy from City that this could be their decider, but it's our decider too."

Ferguson said he was perplexed by his team's defensive lapses against Everton and lamented the fact that his side didn't triumph even though Rooney, Welbeck and Nani were all on target.

The sharing of points also overshadowed a day when Rooney moved to fourth on United's all-time goalscorer's list ahead of George Best and Dennis Viollet.

"It was a throwaway, an absolute giveaway," Ferguson added. "We just needed to see the game out.

"It was a travesty because some of the football we played was fantastic and some of the goals we scored were great goals. To give away four goals at Old Trafford in a game that was so important, I just couldn't believe it.

"We've given Manchester City the initiative. It makes the game at the Etihad a really important game, it's a decider really.

"We've made it hard for ourselves as we normally do, but we have to go there knowing that we are capable of getting a result."
It remains to be seen if Roberto Mancini's men sieze the opportunity and lift their first Premier League title.

5 of the biggest Manchester derby's

- 27 March, 1968: United 1-3 City - Goals from Colin Bell, George Heslop and Francis Lee hands City a crucial win at Old Trafford as they eventually pip United to the title by two points.

- 27 April, 1974: United 0-1 City - Denis Law's backheel cements his former side's relegation to the Second Division.

- 6 April, 1996: City 2-3 United - A Ryan Giggs goal at Maine Road keeps City near the drop-zone in a season that sees them relegated on goal difference.

- 10 February, 2008: United 1-2 City: Darius Vassell and Benjani score to give City victory on the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

- 12 February, 2011: United 2-1 City: A stunning overhead kick by Wayne Rooney hands United the momentum in their push to win a record-breaking 19th top-flight title.

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