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Advantage City

The battle of Manchester and the biggest derby match between both United and City went to the blue side.

Manchester City took a big step towards winning their first Premier League title when they defeated neighbors Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium from a powerful Vincent Kompany header.

The Citizens wanted the match more and it showed as they were the better side on the day. United came out with a strategy which was a relatively defensive one as they played with the intention of earning a draw. This negative thinking proved to be a failure as they were continuously giving away corners and finally paid the price in the 1st minute of stoppage time in the first half.

Manchester City captain Vincent was allowed a free header and he gratefully accepted his gift to give his club a 1-0 lead going into halftime. After Plan A failed everyone expected to see some changes in the United lineup  but those changes never came until the 58th minute when Danny Welbeck replaced a seemingly useless Ji-Sung Park.

Regardless of the changes United made in the second half a goal was never on the cards for them as they never posed much of a threat on City’s goal, the City goalkeeper was barely called into any action during the entire match.

The most fight that was showed by anyone who were on the red side of Manchester came from Sir Alex Ferguson after the manager had to be separated from City manager Roberto Mancini on the sidelines.

After today’s victory the title is now in the hands of Manchester City as they only need to win their two remaining matches against Newcastle and QPR who is managed by their former manager Mark Hughes.

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Noisy Neighbors Humiliate Manchester United

The noisy neighbors of Manchester United went to Old Trafford and embarrassed the defending champions 6-1 in one of the most disappointing performance you will ever see by a team coached by Sir Alex Ferguson. The Reds were dominating possession in the first 20 minutes of the match before things started to fall apart.

Mario Balotelli not only set his house on fire the day before the derby but the often troubled striker set Old Trafford a blaze aswell. Jonny Evans was sent off for the Reds in the 47th minute which made things a lot worse for his club, City took full advantage of this and added five second half goals with Balotelli scoring once again, goals from Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero & David Silva completed United’s heaviest home defeat since 1955.

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Late Drama At The Emirates

The race for the EPL title took another twist today as Arsenal and Liverpool both share a point in dramatic fashion at the Emirates. Arsenal were awarded a penalty in the 97th minute of stoppage time as Jay Spearing clumsily brought down Cesc Fabregas. Robin van Persie looked to have given the Gunners all three points after calmly putting home the spot kick sending Jose Reina diving in the wrong direction.

Emmanuel Eboue gifted Liverpool a lifeline in the 101st minute of stoppage when he bundled over Lucas Leiva in the penalty area, it was a silly challenge by the Ivory Coast international who was visibly upset with himself as he held his face in his hands in despair. Dirk Kuyt stepped up and blasted the ball into the net to give his team the equalizing goal and damaging Arsenal’s title hopes in the process.

Arsenal will feel aggrieved to not have gotten all three points as they were the better team on the day and created the better chances but their failure to put their chances away played a big part in today’s result. Some credit should be given to Liverpool who defended well despite losing defenders Jamie Carragher to a head injury and Fabio Aurelio to a strained hamstring. Jamie Carragher’s injury was the cause for the heavy amount of injury time that was added as the Liverpool medical staff had to take all precautions before removing him from the field of play.

Arsenal’s title hopes now hang in the balance as they no longer have a game in hand on leaders Manchester United and are now six points behind instead of four had they gotten all three points, with six matches left it’s still too close to call with Chelsea still in with a shout to retain their title.

35 Years: Bertie Magoo

Todays makes 35 years since City has won a major trophy.

On February 28th 1976 Manchester City won the League Cup beating Newcastle 2-1, today is my sister’s birthday but instead of celebrating it with her i’ll be celebrating City’s achievement of winning absolutely nothing in the past 35 years.

City is an embarrassment to the town of Manchester in all aspects, their fans have no class and lack any common knowledge. If they need to know anything about winning trophies they need to look no further than Ryan Giggs.

Ryan Giggs was 2 years old when City last won a trophy and since then he has collected 32 medals with Manchester United.

Teams which have won the League Cup since 1976: Wolves, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Oxford United (League 2), Leicester City (Championship), Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn, Middlesbrough (Championship), Norwich (Championship), Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.

This day is your day Bertie Magoo celebrate well, celebrate it as if you’ve won something.

Don’t Compare United And City

All the commotion about a shift in power in Manchester is all just media hype and hoopla. The only thing United and City have in common is the fact they’re both from Manchester. Sir Alex Ferguson once said they are our noisy neighbors and he couldn’t be more correct than that. Without United the city of Manchester will have no image because we have always been the face of Manchester.

If you dare try comparing United and City when it comes to being on the pitch and success on it that will make for a rather short conversation seeing their trophy cabinet is loaded with cobwebs, but i’ll do it for the fun of it.

League Titles:

United have won a total of 18 league titles which is joint top in England with the Scousers, while United were busy winning league titles City had been popping up and down the top flight giving them the title of a yo-yo club. They haven’t been complete failures when it comes to league titles though, they’ve managed to actually win two of them which is a far cry to United’s tally.

FA Cups:

City managed to have some success in this competition by winning 4 cups but United have managed to win a record 11 FA Cups.

Charity/Community Shield:

Once again our noisy neighbors have been blown away by our success in another competition and have watched United winners in this cup 14 times outright and having shared 4 of them.

League/Carling Cup:

Considered to be a Mickey Mouse cup United have used this tournament to get their up and coming players a chance to impress in this and doesn’t take this competition too seriously but have we’ve won it 4 times while City have won half the amount.

European Competitons:

United have been a main stay when it comes to being involved in European play and have had success while playing in competitions. City on the other hand have barely had any impact when it comes to European competition with one European Cup Winners’ Cup to show.

Once again United have have proven to be the talk of the town when it comes to success in this area of football, we have won the European Cup Winners’ Cup once as well but we rarely played in that competition seeing that we qualify for competitions of a higher standard often.

With 1 UEFA Super Cup, 3 UEFA Champions League & 2 World Club Championships it obvious who’s the the toast of the town here. City have never qualified for the Champions League in the club history.

So for all the talk of a shift in power in the city of Manchester is just that, Talk! City have millions and millions of money to spend at the moment to help them buy their history like Chelsea have been doing. I don’t even want to talk about fan support because our fans have class, something you can’t say about City.

Tevez: I Am Not Enjoying The Life Of A Footballer

“I have been playing many games this season, and my body is feeling it. I am tired. I started to play when I was really young and I have always fought so much but now I’m feeling the effort.

I’m an old guy now, and I started to think about some stuff.  For example, I am less tolerant as a person today than I was a few years ago.

“Then I think – what happens if I quit football as long as I am okay in my life?
When I talk about quitting, I mean quitting football, not just the national team, but at the moment I still don’t know if this is going to be in one month, one year, three or five years. I have the idea of quitting in my mind.

“Maybe one of these days, I will just wake up and say no more football. My family but also my body are starting to feel the effort.

I have worked and fought so hard, and I would love to enjoy my football. I have been playing in England for five years, and I have not spent a single Christmas nor New Year with my family.
“Let me tell you I am not enjoying the life of a footballer.”

Liverpool Red Sox

The Scousers have been sold to the New England Sports Ventures (NESV) who are the owners of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox. It is said that they launched a bid of £300 million which was accepted by the board of Anfield. Liverpool FC current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett were reluctant to sell the club for that price. The club is now awaiting the approval of the English Premier League of the proposed bid which could be done as early as friday.

This new ownership once approved should be interesting to watch unveil, maybe now the scousers can recruit a few Red Sox players to play for them to help get them out the bottom half of the table. The Boston Red Sox didn’t make the post season this year so i’m sure they’ll have players available for selection.

Berbatov Hat-Trick Edges United Pass Liverpool

One of the most anticipated fixtures in English football every season is Manchester United vs Liverpool FC. In the latest installment of this battle United took on their feircest rivals at Old Trafford today.

United started off the match defending the famous Stretford End and immediately started on the front foot pinning Liverpool back in their half of the field. The Reds’ were basically doing all the attacking while Liverpool weathered the storm. United had nearly took the lead on a few occasion when Nani got free in the box after a Rooney deflected shot but elected to pass the ball across the goal instead of slotting it home.

42 minutes into a clearly dominated first half by United they got the breakthrough when Dimitar Berbatov headed home a Ryan Giggs corner in a stooping position while being held by Fernando Torres and despite Paul Konchesky trying to prevent the ball from going in with his hand. United went into the half with a deserved 1-0 lead.

The second half started off fairly slow as Liverpool were just passing the ball around the pitch but when United got possession that all changed ad they passed the ball around with much more purpose than their counterparts. The Reds’ started creating chances and Berbatov almost grabbed a second after Darren Fletcher took a shot that got deflected and went over the Liverpool defense to the unmarked Bulgarian but he only managed to kick the ball onto and onrushing Pepe Reina.

Moments later John O’Shea played a ball to an open Nani who hit a thundering shot that rattled the crossbar, The Reds’ kept pressing for a second and were rewarded when Fletcher picked out Nani with a wonderful cross field pass which the Portuguese midfielder controlled and played in a cross which went over the head on Rooney but fell kindly to Berbatov who took it on his thigh and scored what is arguably the goal of the season so far with a bicycle kick in the 59th minute.

With a two goal lead and Liverpool looking very poor on the day the points seemed to be wrapped up but that wasn’t the case. Five minutes later Liverpool went on the attack and got a lifeline when Jonny Evans took down Fernando Torres with a clumsy challenge in the penalty leaving Howard Webb no choice but to call a penalty. Up stepped Steven Gerrard who scored the penalty by sending Van Der Sar the wrong way.

Gerrard wasn’t finished and was on the score sheet once again when John O’Shea was positioned improperly and was forced to drag dwon Torres to deny him breaking through on goal. O’Shea received just a caution even though he was the last defender, Van Der Sar would have gotten to the ball easily if Torres had broken through clearly thus the reason for him only receiving a yellow card caution.

United looked to have for a second week running allowed a two goal lead to slip away from them by giving up two late goals but that wasn’t the case, with six minutes of normal time left United picked themselves up and went on the attack to restore their lead and did just that when O’Shea played n a lovely cross and Berbatov out jumped Jamie Carragher and headed home the game winning goal to the delight of Uniteds fans around the world.