“Financial Fair Play” – Try telling that to Manchester City

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Old Trafford Singing Section Scrapped Because Of City Fans

Plans to move away fans to the upper tiers of the Sir Alex Ferguson have been abolished due to the fear of City fans “doing the Poznan” as it might cause the stadium to “flex”. I don’t know what they are worried about – they have to score to do the Poznan and they won’t be doing that at Old Trafford, right?

Old Trafford commander Chief Supt Mark Roberts stated that “stand movement, whilst not necessarily dangerous, could cause panic among fans”. He makes it sound like the stand would start swaying back and forth if people jumped up to celebrate – a slight hyperbole, I detect. If a multi-million pound football stand cannot handle a few thousand people jumping up and down, then it wasn’t built for purpose. Read more of this post

Manchester United reserves beat City 2-0 to win the Senior Cup

Fans invade the pitch after the full time whistle.

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PICTURE: Carlos Tevez celebrates City winning the league the only way he knows

Photo: Sky Sports News

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MATCH RATINGS: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United

By Alex Keery

David de Gea: 6 Not a whole lot he could have done for Kompany’s goal as his defenders let him down. Looking slightly more assured these days, and dealt with some difficult crosses better than he would have only a few months ago. Midway through the second half, Yaya Toure hammered a low cross into the crowded box which De Gea did well to clear with his feet. As City pressed late on, he got down low to save well from a Gael Clichy drive.

Phil Jones: 4 Rafael was dropped after his performance in the 4-4 draw with Everton, and on this showing, it was the wrong decision. He looked unusually uncomfortable carrying the ball from defence, something which became almost a trademark of his earlier in the season. He defended well from crosses, and as the game progressed he found himself drifting infield more often, where he looked slightly more effective. However, he wasted our best chances with some woeful crossing. Showed his instinctive knack for defending with an exceptional tackle on Nasri with seconds to go when the Frenchman would have certainly made it 2-0.

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Reaction to the Manchester City game

When SAF boils over, things aren't right. Photo: Michael Regan (Getty Images)

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Manchester United vs Manchester City – Tactical Analysis

By Elijah Sofoluke

Sir Alex Ferguson has been preparing for the biggest game of the season for Manchester United. He is facing a noisy neighbour who has had an upturn in form since the return of their prodigal son, Carlos Tevez. Only a few weeks back, Manchester City were eight points behind Manchester United with little games left but have somehow, through the Red Devil’s complacency and their own persistence, pulled back to three points behind. I have taken a look at the tactics of both teams to see how the game may pan out.  Read more of this post

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