It is among the greatest rivalries in European football. Or is it?
As Manchester United prepare to face Manchester City in tomorrow’s derby, Wayne Rooney has told the Mirror that he believes his club’s games against Liverpool are bigger than those against their city rivals.
“City have had their success recently,” Rooney said. “But I would probably say that United and Liverpool is still the biggest game.”
Whether a sly dig at the neighbours, or a genuine belief from the former Everton man, football fans across the world will be tuning in tomorrow afternoon, for a match that Manuel Pellegrini has already hailed a six-pointer.
And one player set for his first taste of the Manchester derby is Marouane Fellaini, who has revealed the ease with which he has settled at Old Trafford, and the possible regret Cristiano Ronaldo may one day feel at not joining him.
“I am surrounded by better players, with more quality and better technique,” he said, “and they have also demonstrated how much they care about me settling in quickly.
“If Ronaldo has made it clear he won’t be coming here, that’s just too bad for him.”
Whether it is or it is not will be revealed in due course, but there is little doubt that Fellaini has already added some much needed steel into the middle of the park; something United have been lacking for too long.
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