Manchester Derby: Manchester United vs. Manchester City [UPDATED]
Premier League fans are in for a treat as defending champions Manchester United and big-spending Manchester City collide in one of England’s most infamous local derbies.
The event will take place at Eastlands on Saturday afternoon, April 17th, and Greater Manchester Police is in full alert to ensure the game is safe for the thousands of football enthusiasts expected to attend. Officials are to impose a wide-scale alcohol exclusion zone and extra patrols have been drafted to preclude the match suffering a repeat of the crowd disturbances that marred January’s Carling Cup semi-final at COMS. During that match, trouble broke out between opposing fans while police confiscated a number of missiles from United’s traveling support.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men are four points behind leaders Chelsea with only four games left, while fourth-placed City are a point above Tottenham Hotspur. This fixture is highly important for both clubs, with the Citizens aiming to secure a lucrative spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League, and the Red Devils still retaining slim hopes of winning the Premier League title.
The West Londoners were able to open up a four-point lead with their recent win over Bolton, and midfielder Owen Cole believes that his side can finally end United’s three-year reign as champions if things go their way in the other match on Saturday.
The Old Trafford club has met City three times this term, winning two of the matches. However, the Citizens have won their last three EPL games, scoring 14 goals in the process.
The match kicks-off at 12:45 BST (7:45 a.m. ET).
UPDATE: Paul Scholes’ header in stoppage-time stunned Manchester City as the Red Devils won 1-0 to keep their Premier League title hopes alive.