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Roberto Mancini, Man City v Sir Alex Ferguson, Man United

Manchester Derby - Manchester United v Manchester City

Of the previous 164 clashes, Manchester United have won 69, Manchester City 45, with 50 draws.

Going into the battle, Manchester United sit in first place with 77 points, and Manchester City sit in second with 62 points. Great football tickets for the fixture are still available for purchase securely online!

Man City will do their best to close the 15-point lead held by their arch rivals Man United in a not-to-be-missed clash of old rivals.

Sir Alex Ferguson's United are the favored club to go through to their 20th top-division title this season. And Roberto Mancini’s side will do their best to earn a victory to spark hopes of City defending their title.

With 75 points, United has held on to their significant lead in the table – 15 points ahead of City with only eight games remaining. With 62 points, City have a mere 4 point advantage over FC Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur who each have 58 points. And City have only a 6 point lead over Arsenal who have 56 points.

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Carlos Tevez at Court

Carlos Tevez, Manchester City

Manchester Derby - Manchester United v Manchester City

United are in first place on the EPL table and City are 15 points behind in second.

City striker Carlos Tevez came close to missing the match - he could have been been behind bars for the rest of the season. Instead, Tevez escaped a jail term but was sentenced to community service and was handed a new six-month driving ban.

Tevez was fined at the Macclesfield magistrates' court where he pled guilty to two driving offenses in London. Tevez, originally from Argentina, has been handed 250 hours' community service for his punishment .

City midfielder Samir Nasri was also banned from driving for speeding.

City boss Roberto Mancini is not worried by Tevez's conviction for driving without insurance and while disqualified.

Mancini says the matter is the footballers private business, and does not damage City's image.

"I think that Carlos did a mistake and he paid for this. Usually he has good behaviour. I didn't speak to him about this," said Mancini. "I don't think this. This is their private life. We can do nothing about this. This can happen sometimes."

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Man United's Sir Ferguson and Nani Await Uefa's Decision

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Manchester United's Nani Shown Red Card v Real Madrid

Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson and Nani Await Uefa's Decision

Nani will at least get a one-match ban from Uefa as a result of his sending off in United's Champions League tie against Real Madrid. Sir Alex Ferguson is also facing disciplinary action after failing to report for his post-match media duties.

Uefa has begun disciplinary proceedings against Manchester United following their Champions League 1-2 defeat by Real Madrid. United lost the tie 3-2 on aggregate. United were leading 1-0 on the night - and 2-1 on aggregate - when referee Cakir dismissed Nani in the 56th minute.

European football's governing body is taking action over Nani's red card and Sir Alex Fergispm's "non-fulfilment of post-match media obligations" at Old Trafford.

With Man United ahead 1-0, Nani was sent off by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir in the 56th minute for a high foot challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.

Nani's red card is subject to a disciplinary review which will decide whether the automatic one-match ban should be extended.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson reacted angrily to the sending off and did not appear for the post-match interviews, with his assistant Mike Phelan taking his place.

Phelan explained that Ferguson was not in the right frame of mind to speak publicly so soon after the match, saying: "It's a distraught dressing room and a distraught manager. That's why I am sitting here now."

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and winger Nani will find out on Thursday what punishment they face from Uefa, following their side's Champions League exit to Real Madrid.

Nani will get at least a one-match ban for the red card he was shown for a high tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa but could face a longer suspension.

Manager Ferguson failed to attend the mandatory post-match news conference - an offence that can bring a touchline ban.

 

Ferguson was furious with Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir over the red card shown to Nani, a decision he felt swung the tie in Real's favor.

Given new energy by the distraction, Real Madrid scored twice after Nani's departure to win the second leg 2-1, securing their place in the quarter-finals.

Ferguson subsequently said it was "hard to keep faith" in the face of such incidents, and that it was the third time during his tenure that United had been knocked out of the Champions League as a direct result of what he felt were poor decisions.

In addition to a touchline suspension, Ferguson could also be fined or warned about his future conduct.

Rio Ferdinand escaped punishment by Uefa for his conduct at the end of the game, when he applauded sarcastically in the face of Cakir at the final whistle.

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Champions League: Man Utd's Robin van Persie Still Angry

 

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"But when the referee pulled out the red card ..."

Champions League: Robin van Persie Still Angry

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is still angry about Nani's red card dismissal in their Champions League loss to Real Madrid and subsequent exit from this year's European Cup competition.

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“That red card was heavily unjustified.”

"Nani could not help it, he hardly touched Álvaro Arbeloa. For an hour everything was good, the tactics right. We really had the feeling that we were going to score the second goal and then it would become very difficult for Real Madrid," Van Persie told Algemeen Dagblad.

"But when the referee pulled out the red card ..."

“That red card was heavily unjustified.”

"The worst thing is that UEFA supports him," continued Van Persie. "I think that is cowardly, because I do not understand it. Why not say honestly: 'He has not seen it?'"

With United leading 1-0 at Old Trafford, Nani was shown a red by referee Cuneyt Cakir in the second half before Madrid scored twice to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“It was not even a yellow card or a free-kick. Nani couldn’t do anything about it, he hardly touched Arbeloa," complained Van Persie.

“I didn’t understand before the game that this man would be the referee, such an unknown referee who hasn’t been in charge of a big games for months.

“Even the guys from Madrid told me afterwards that it was not a red card.”

Nani will at least get a one-match ban from Uefa as a result of his sending off, while Sir Alex Ferguson is also facing disciplinary action after failing to report for his post-match media duties.

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Manchester Derby - Arch Rivals Man Utd & Man City Battle

 

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

Manchester Derby - Arch Rivals Man Utd and Man City Battle on Sunday

'If we win on Sunday it will be one of our best ever results. They are a really good, powerful team with massive players.

'It won't be easy and if we defend like we did at Reading we'll be in trouble. The important thing for us is to take lessons from the mistakes we're making and do something about it. We need to find a solution.'

'You have to learn quickly in Europe and if you don't you have to wait until the next season to have another crack. Unless you come to terms with its highly competitive nature it can break you.'

'In terms of the defending, it's the senior players that have to get their act together,' he said.

'We put a very young team out and they did very well at times. Sunday will be different altogether. We were beaten by a wonder goal and there was nothing we could do about that.

'I thought we did OK. We created quite a few chances.'

'Wayne (Rooney) is now close to full  fitness also and hopefully he will be approaching top form come Sunday.'

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