“Sun in the sky you know how I feel” Nina Simone sung…
The sun is shining in Manchester but this is no new dawn, this is no new day and this is no new life for me. There is no Power shift in Manchester even if Manchester City is victorious!
Yeah a bloody surprise, as I peer out of the window there is not a single cloud in the Manchester skyline, this isn’t the Manchester I know. The clear sky is more apt of Abu Dhabi the birth place of Manchester City’s owner Sheikh Mansour. Sheikh Mansour has transformed City overnight into a financial powerhouse bidding for the best players in the world. This of course has lead to the suggestions in the media a power shift in Manchester.
Does money equal success? Not necessarily. No denying richer clubs have the better opportunity of winning trophies. However, the structure of a club and the importance of a good manager cannot be underestimated. Manchester United have won the league for three consecutive seasons out-performing Chelsea and Abramovich’s piggy bank.
A power shift in Manchester? Nah, not now or any time in the near future. City need to win at least three league titles and a couple of cup competitions for the thought of a power shift to be even considered. Not on my watch as Fergie stated.
No question which team are in the better form. City are flying scoring 14 goals in their last three games lead of course by Carlos Tevez whilst we all know our recent failings in recent weeks. The City mates I’ve the displeasure of knowing ( 🙂 ) have been quite vocal this week, full of it in fact. I can’t remember a time when my City mates are more confident than I am going into a Manchester derby. Not good!
The return of Rooney is massive; he will give the team a massive boost of confidence. As always midfield is key, last week against Blackburn midfield we lacked energy and spark. I fully expect Fletcher to return in a three man midfield probably consisting of Gibson, Scholes and Fletcher. Gibson and Fletcher will offer the energy while Scholes will offer guile. Valencia and Nani will off support to Rooney from the wide positions.
Jonny Evans will take the place of Rio Ferdinand if Rio fails to recover from injury. No worries there, Evans is a top class defender and has been recently linked to Real Madrid and Barcelona. Evra should return to starting line up after a breather against Blackburn. Even after Rafael gave away a penalty against City in the Carling Cup tugging at Bellamy’s shirt, I’d prefer him to start ahead of Gary Neville as I’m petrified of Bellamy’s pace.
Interestingly due to volcanic ash from Iceland the originally appointed referee has been replaced by Martin Atkinson. Atkinson was the referee in the reverse fixture earlier this season which saw an additional six minutes which allowed Mickey Owen to score in injury to the dismay of Mark Hughes and City fans all around the world ( 🙂 )
We have to win – It’s now or never, anything less than a victory and the title is Chelsea’s.
Today, will it be us United fans feeling good? Let’s bloody hope so!
Score Prediction: 2-1 United
Danger man: Tevez