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Man City vs. Man United: What the Fans Are Saying on Twitter

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Yaya Toure of Manchester City competes with Michael Carrick of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Rob PollardFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2013

In recent seasons, the Manchester Derby has become one of the most anticipated matches in world football. A fixture that once mattered little outside Manchester, is now, thanks to City’s rise, more than just a game to determine local bragging rights—it’s a six-pointer at the top of the table.

This year’s match arrives very early in the season, so won’t be vital in terms of league position, but the winner will get a huge psychological boost. Beating your rivals is always important.

Both teams won in Europe on Tuesday and go into the game confident and well rested—it all looks set to be a great game. Here are some of the thoughts of fans and ex-players on Twitter ahead of the match.

For City, former midfielders Paul Lake, Dietmar Hamman and Kevin Horlock are all looking forward to it:

 

I used to spend the eve of the derby visualising myself playing well, tackling hard and making good decisions #champingatthebit #COYB #mcfc

— Paul Lake (@Paul_Lake) September 21, 2013

 

 

 

Very good results for United and City.City free flowing in the 2nd half.Should be a great spectacle this weekend #Derby

— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) September 17, 2013

 

 

 

Heading North nice and early for Manchester tomorrow,don't want to be stuck in traffic with all the Utd barmy army #derbyday

— Kevin Horlock (@Kevinhorlock6) September 21, 2013

 

 

Ric Turner from the Blue Moon website and podcast was sceptical about the motives behind some of Rooney's pregame comments:

 

Bingo! Rooney has claimed the derby isn't their biggest game. Just need the history/class angle in tomorrow's papers for the full house.

— Ric Turner (@bluemoon_mcfc) September 21, 2013

 

 

After a trip to Ibiza, The Paris Angel said that, for once, he felt no nerves prior to a derby match:

 

I might go to Ibiza the week before every derby from now on. Zero nerves. I think I've destroyed them.

— Macca (@The_Paris_Angel) September 21, 2013

 

 

While Anis Bazza thinks he knows Pellegrini's line-up:

 

@OurCityViews Pellegrini will play: Hart, Zaba, Kompany, Nasty, Kolarov. Yaya, Fernandinho, Milner, Navas, Aguero & Dzeko.

— TikaTakaGuy (@TikaTakaGuy) September 20, 2013

 

 

From a United perspective, Duncan Drasdo, CEO of the Manchester United Supporters Trust, claimed it was now the biggest rivalry in football:

 

For City.... MT @hopesolo: Really excited for the big derby game this weekend. City v United is the biggest rivalry in soccer!

— Duncan Drasdo (@Drasdo) September 21, 2013

 

 

Rio Ferdinand seems excited:

 

Who's ready for the derby?! Can't wait already!!

— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) September 20, 2013




And finally, ex-United and England full-back Gary Neville tweeted Morrissey’s "Everyday is Like Sunday" to get everyone in the mood for the big match:

 

 

Friday night song! Derby Weekend in Manchester!  http://t.co/v4HIUYtcaG

— G.Neville (@GNev2) September 20, 2013

 

 

Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @TypicalCity.

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