Media talk about Manchester City and the derby rivalry with Man United Jan28 2012 - Manchester City FC

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  • 28 January 2012 08:53
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

A weekend off is not necessarily a good thing. City's gap in the fixture list might be welcome in some quarters, but it leaves the media cupboard worryingly bare.

Not to worry, we've spotted a red knight riding to the rescue. You can always rely on Sir Alex, right? His previews of the FA Cup tie against Liverpool were certain to mention City.

It's what he gets asked about, the rivalry thing. Always a good line for the nationals, our greatest rivals are Liverpool, said with a straight face, or is that a knowing look?

Well, the times they are a-changin', albeit slowly but surely, although that three-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League possibly has something to do with it.

As Chris Wheeler's Mail report quotes the Laird of Old Trafford conceding: "You have to recognise that Manchester City has become more than it ever was in terms of the intensity of the games.


There may come a time when we won’t be able to separate the two

"But, at the moment, Liverpool is still the one. Even the neutral would look upon this as the biggest so far. Just look at the interest. It’s quite unparallelled."

Well, that's one way to look at it, especially as the match is being played, er ... today, while the Etihad derby that might well decide the title's destiny isn't until April.

But Stuart Mathieson has extra quotes, and as the Manchester Evening News' man at Old Trafford we're guessing he and Sir Alex often enjoy a cheery chat and a chuckle at Carrington.

He tells Stu: "If you look back at the Community Shield game at Wembley in August it was more like a European final with the intensity of the game.

"If we played tiddlywinks it would be a hell of a competition now." 
We think Micah and Joleon would be up for that, Wayne. Once they'd Googled it and sorted out which one of them is City's best tiddlywinks player, obviously.

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