Dunne and dusted?
- Sun 29 Apr 2012, 8:26AM
- Posted by David Clayton
As you’d expect the Sunday Press pack have gone into overdrive ahead of the Manchester derby and, frankly, they’d be mad not to.
There is unprecedented worldwide interest in a game many see as a title decider and though that isn’t factually correct, the result – whatever it is - will give a major advantage to whoever the leaders are going into the final two games.
It’s at times like this when former players’ verdicts are sought to add a different angle to the coverage and the Daily Star in Sunday have managed to ge an interview most City fans will be interested in – Richard Dunne.
Anyone voted MCFC Player of the Year four times will have the ears of the Blues’ followers and the Aston Villa defender reckons if City don’t win it this season, the wait won’t be a long one to achieve what he feels is inevitable.
“Tomorrow’s game is tough to call from the point of view United have the experience of winning important games, but City have the better recent form,” says Dunne in the Star.
If City win, they will go on and win the league but if United don’t lose then the title is theirs
"Yet it is inevitable City will eventually become champions. They are the biggest players and once they start winning trophies, they will be seen as an acceptable choice for top, top players to move to.”
From the general overview of the game, have a look at The Sunday Times’ Jonathan Northcroft’s excellent feature about how Roberto Mancini has absorbed every mind game trick Sir Alex has thrown in his direction – responding with a few grenades of his own.
He writes: "You could never quite see Roberto Mancini as Kevin Keegan: ill-fitting sweatshirt, wearing the chunky Sky headphones, jabbing his finger at the camera and frothing that he’d ‘love it, love it’ if Manchester United came unstuck.
“For a start, Mancini would never don headphones – they’d mess up the hair.”
Northcroft goes on to say that the City boss has handles himself admirably and "may just be the United boss’ worthiest adversory in 26 years at Old Trafford". Tomorrow evening’s result will tell us a lot more about whether that opinion is correct...