OT: Manchester Derby Open Thread

Submitted by Fhshockey112002 on April 30th, 2012 at 2:32 PM

It's Darby time.... Open thread.

Man United leads Man City by 3 points with 3 games left.  This game determine who wins the Premier League Title.

     Man City Starting 11


   Silva      Tevez    Nasri

            Barry       Y Toure

Clichy Lescott Kompany (C) Zabaleta



    Man United Starting 11

   Giggs    Rooney   Nani

  Park     Scholes    Carrick  

Evra (C) Jones Ferdinand Smalling

                  De Gea

Edit: Evans not in due to injury replaces by Jones for Man United.




April 30th, 2012 at 2:54 PM ^

ugh for United.

Allows for a bit of creativity for Nani in that formation, but would have preferred to see Valencia and Young on the wings.  Park will try to harry the City midfield, but Scholes and Carrick are going to be shredded by Tevez and Nasri.

Something is wrong with Silva; he's playing like 50% of what he was at the beginning of the year for City.  Wouldn't surprise me to see him off to the OR at the end of the year.

Zvornik Bosna

April 30th, 2012 at 3:16 PM ^

I'm hoping that City flame out the rest of the way and he gets fired. I don't like how he has handled Dzeko at all this year (admittedly bias view), the Balotelli, or Tevez situations. A manager with the roster he has at his disposable should in now way get eliminated at the Group Stage of the Champions League and not make the final 8 of the Eurocup. 


April 30th, 2012 at 3:32 PM ^

He's been awful this year, but he's quite clearly the Man of the First Half.  He has eaten Evra and company alive with his dribbling.

Total domination thus far by City, but hey...it's 0-0

Zvornik Bosna

April 30th, 2012 at 3:43 PM ^

Nasri has been a bit disappointing for City this season. The reason they are dominating United right now because United is blanketing David De Gea with defenders and not taking many chances to attack. They only need the draw so I don't think they're looking to push forward too much and leave their goalkeeper exposed. 


April 30th, 2012 at 3:49 PM ^

Kompany comes through.  Hopefully SAF tinkers with his hilariously geriatric lineup at halftime.  Where the hell is Valencia? He's been Uniteds best player this season. 


April 30th, 2012 at 3:50 PM ^


would hope valencia is the #1 player off the bench, young behind him.

United's strength is on the edges, none of our central midfielders are going to be able to get through the City center...

Officer Farva

April 30th, 2012 at 3:50 PM ^

Man U needs to find their attack in the second half. Ever since their early-game surge, the time of possession has been owned by City.

Hope the second half is as entertaining as the first!


April 30th, 2012 at 4:56 PM ^

Terrible effort from United. Poor line up to begin with. Park was dreadful. They never got their feet in the ground. City played much more defensive in the second half, but probably had the better chances too. All in all, for what was dubbed as the "biggest game in Premier League history," it was pretty mediocre entertainment. 


April 30th, 2012 at 5:29 PM ^

The Glazers have totally f*cked United.

There is no reason the team with the 2nd largest revenue stream in Europe should have fielded that old a team for this kind of game.

Just awul.

Gratz City...


April 30th, 2012 at 6:34 PM ^

Paul Scholes had to come out of retirement to help bolster the midfield.  In the last two years, the Glazers got to watch Barcelona absolutely tear through United's midfield of Carrick/Scholes/Giggs/Park.  While they (Barcelona) have done this to most teams, this has been an area of need for over two years.

Silva? Manchester City.
Nasri? Manchester City.
Mata? Chelsea
Sneijder? Not enough money
Modric? Not enough money (and Spurs didn't want to lose him)

United will be better next year if Vidic comes back healthy (no more 2 or 3 goal collapses) but  the collapse of the last month shows the lack of depth United have.