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All Things Footie | Saturday, November 9 | Jordan

My Old Man, Said Be A City Fan

And on days like these you have to say he had a point — and it was probably a bit harsh calling him a c*nt.

I had the pleasure of watching the 127th Manchester derby in a packed pub opposite Altrincham bus station, needless to say I expected a bit of atmosphere. I wasn't disappointed either; though there was a distinct lack of chanting, swearing and the usual accompaniment to high profile derby games. I put this down to the fact that around 80% of the United fans were women, girls (by far the foulest mouthed) or 80-year-old men.

The requisite derby day nutter circulated — clad in an awful 20 year old City away shirt — shouting a selection of choice comments at various punters adorned in red. It was half time before I realised that it was actually this seasons away shirt.

As for the game, the big surprise for me was that Man City actually deserved it. They out played, out fought and out thought (quite an achievement for Kevin Keegan) United all the way. Shaun Goater was superb and Eyal Berkovic an inspiration; hard work, phenomenal play on the ball and great vision made him my man of the match by some way.

If I was a United fan I would be seriously worried about that back four. Arsenal fans are panicking and they're missing Martin Keown, have a very promising young defender in Matthew Upson and are still bedding in new signing Pascal Cygan. On top of that, the Champions still have England's only World Cup XI representative in Sol Campbell. United had a full strength defence on display at Maine Road today and looked as leaky as a Welsh vegetable fair.

Rio Ferdinand is a very good player, I think he was a little overhyped at the World Cup, but good none the less. He cannot however, carry three weak players. Although he usually has one terrific moment on astuteness each game, Laurent Blanc is far too slow of feet and wits to manage the pace of the Premiership. Michael Silvestre's shockingly naïve defending isn't worth the one surge forward a game he offers in return. Finally there's poor Gary and Phil Neville. I'm sure they're lovely blokes and yes, Gary is Beckham's best mate, but can we get it clear once and for all that neither are — or ever have been — better than very, very average.

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