It’s being billed as The Title Decider, and Sir Alex Ferguson has thrown more fuel on the fire after declaring next Monday’s derby as the biggest of his 25 years as manager of Manchester United.
A win for United, would leave the Reds needing just one more point to secure a 20th top-flight crown while Manchester City know a home win at the Etihad Stadium would propel them to the top of the league on goal difference with just two games remaining.
Bragging rights aside, league matches against the Blues have had few consequences until recent times when the influx of cash from the Abu Dhabi group in 2008 propelled the Blues up the rich-list, transforming the club into genuine contenders both at home and abroad.
As a result, Roberto Mancini’s men pose a significant threat to the Reds’ title chances and the Manchester derby, as the boss recently admitted, is now viewed as a more important match than clashes with fellow rivals Liverpool and Leeds.
With a three point lead at the top, United are deservedly favourites for the title at odds of 1.51 (8/15). However, with the pendulum waiting to sway, you can get a generous price of 2.92 (15/8) on City, who know that victory would place them in the driving seat with just two games left.
This season, the pair have met in the FA Community Shield, Premier League and FA Cup with the win-count standing at 2-1 to United. An impressive 17 goals flew in during those fixtures so a bet on ‘Overs’ would make sense. A draw is yet to be produced and odds of 3.65 (13/5)aren’t bad.
The Manchester derby now means an enormous amount to everybody. It should be a great game and we will provide a full betting preview later in the week. For now, let us just say that we have backed the Reds for the title all season and we are not changing our position now.
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