Manchester City v Manchester United Monday Night Football
So it comes down to this. Or it very likely comes down to this. Manchester City vs Manchester United in Monday Night Football. Man United sit three points clear of Man City but with City’s superior goal difference a win would put them top of the table with only two games left.
So it very likely comes down to this. The 2011/2012 season, dominated by Manchester, has a fitting conclusion in the derby. Winner takes it all?
It all looked over at the start of April but giant killers Wigan Athletic threw a serious spanner in the works. In a run that has seen epic performances against Chelsea and Arsenal, they defeated Man United 1-0 (and Newcastle 4-0 at the weekend).
At the start of April Man United led the league by eight points, thanks in part to a 1-0 defeat of City by Arsenal at the Emirates. But City can thank Wigan, and the thrilling 4-4 Everton draw at Old Trafford, for this last chance for glory, last chance to end the season with Premier League silverware.
City have won only one trophy since 1976 - last year’s FA Cup final, so far the only reward for lavish spending - so despite early league dominance this winner takes it all derby must be a bizarre prospect. They were in the third tier of English football a mere 15 years ago.
Manchester City have the best home record in the Premier League. Manchester United have the best away record in the Premier League. This match couldn’t be more perfectly poised.
Manchester United are preparing for the match in Wales. Roberto Mancini - jokingly - has urged them to stay there. They’ll take the victory. But if they do turn up Mancini will be more than happy with a repeat of the result at Old Trafford earlier in the season. In that match City scored six goals from just seven shots on target, demolishing United 6-1.
So it all comes down to this. The biggest Manchester derby ever. The title decider. Winner takes it all.
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