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PREDICTIONS: What Do Journos And Fans Think Of Tonight?

Oliver Holt – Chief Sports Writer at The Mirror
City will go for it but United have experience and quality to match them. Ability of United’s defence to cope with City attack will be key. 1-1.

Lee Clayton – Head of Sport at The Daily Mail
Rooney to score. I’m loving his calmness and his focus. There’s no better player in England right now. This is his game to own. City to score first in 1-1 draw.

Nick Coppack – journalist
The “biggest ever Manchester derby” surely can’t live up to the hype. A tense and turgid affair will end 0-0.

Steve Bartram – Contributing Editor for, United Review and Inside United.
Midfield congestion. Nervous first hour, frantic last half-hour. Whoever has enough energy left or makes better subs will take the points. If City win, I’d be intrigued to see how they’d cope with having pressure and no margin for error in final two games, if United win both.

Mark Ogden – Northern Football Correspondent at The Telegraph
I fancy City because they have to win and that makes a difference. They also have better players in key positions. Being at home also helps. If United treat it like a Champions League game (not this season’s form, obviously!) it could go their way. Whatever, it’ll be massively tense!

Barney – Editor of Red News
The long drag over! Refuse to believe a Ferguson led side will let us down. He is the added factor. Players need to right themselves. It will all be good!

United Rant – United blog
City’s midfield superiority should tell. Neither Scholes not Carrick do well when out-manned or out-muscled. Both may happen on Monday. United have enough players to produce a moment in the game. It’s last chance saloon now – one of Fergie’s big players will grab a goal 1-1

Annie Eaves – Writer for Sport Witness
1-1. Both sides will be nervous. Perhaps an early goal for either side and the game slows, equaliser towards end.

James Maw – Writer/Online Features Editor for FourFourTwo
The pressure’s on City – how they handle that will be key. But on current form they should create chances, and I suspect they may just edge it 2-1.

Rob Dawson – Football writer at the Manchester Evening News
A lot depends on whether United set up with 2 or 3 in midfield. I think Fergie will go 4-4-2 which will make for a more open game. 2-2.

Sam Pilger – Sports Writer for FourFourTwo, The Times Magazine and Esquire.
In my worst nightmares Tevez gets a late winner, but I think it will probably be a nervy, tense affair in which we secure a 1-1 draw.

Howard Nurse – BBC Sport website Football Editor
Can’t make my mind up. 1-0 to United.

Mark Tattersall – City fan
Initially cagey with main battles being Agüero & Tévez v Ferdinand & Evans and Valencia v Clichy. Nasri or Welbeck to score winner in 2-1.

Lauren Wyke – United U15s
2-1 to United.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. iced earth says:

    we should be confident we are unbeaten in our last three visits while shity have failed to score a home goal against us in 329 minutes at the shitihad Stadium

  2. Shebangsthedrums says:

    Listening to the Stone Roses – This is the one. Top tune, come on REDS!!!!

  3. Redbilly says:

    Dean – nice one . Manchester IS RED!.

  4. Redbilly says:

    Cedars – don’t pass out before the match :-) .

  5. Atin says:

    Vishal S – hahahaa! just graduated? :D welcome to your shot work-life balance! :D

  6. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Pogba has joined Juventus on a Free transfer according to several sources.

  7. iced earth says:

    Wayne Rooney has scored 13 goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances
    he will score tonight i am certain,rooney young for us

  8. Twisted Fatboy says:

    Alright Reds,

    I’m just hoping for a good clean game of football, an advert for the game, 22 sportsmen playing the game in the spirit intended…… I love Tramadol.

  9. georgejoseph says:

    no johnny Evans !!!!

  10. mufc m41 says:

    I’ve just got in the ground and had a pint to calm the nerves.
    I’d settle for a draw right now but a win for us and I’m going fucking mental.

  11. iced earth says:

    if the report are true then f… him,juve?he is an idiot anyway
    let s forget about him and savouring our victory
    glory glory glory glory glory glory man utd

  12. Redbilly says:

    Confident yet shitting it , most odd.

  13. FletchTHEMAN says:

    UnitedXI: DeGea; Jones Rio Smalling Evra, Park Carrick Scholes Nani Giggs, Rooney

  14. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Don’t think Evans even suited up. Surprised that Valencia is not starting.

  15. NBI Red Onion says:

    Good day to empty the trash if poggers has left – fuck off poggy

  16. Redbilly says:

    MUFC M41- enjoy mate

  17. FletchTHEMAN says:

    City XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany, Lescott, Barry, Yaya Toure, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Tevez

  18. Redbilly says:

    Hope jones has a good game

  19. Redbilly says:

    Aguero and kettle neck need to be tempered.

  20. fergie is the boss says:

    how can park play ahead of valencia, when valencia can do park’s job and get forward in the attacking third, giggs is another strange one

  21. planetx6 says:

    De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Park, Rooney. lineup

    hopefully we’ll make good use of subs

  22. planetx6 says:

    United will win 4 – 1

  23. Seymour says:

    Very odd dropping Valencia and bringing in Park.

  24. 83684 says:

    Ferguson talks about the United way of playing – attacking minded, never play for a 0-0 draw. This lineup suggests we’re hoping for a 0-0 draw. No ball control in this side apart from Nani Carrick and Scholes. We are going to be under a lot of pressure with this team.

  25. Justin10RvN says:

    hoping Park’s got his big game boots on, he better since he knocked Valencia out of the squad. it looks like its gonna be a slugfest in midfield with a very boring first 20min followed my temperamental 20, before the game opens up a bit


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