Having it large on derby day
- Mon 30 Apr 2012, 8:45AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
So, here we are then. So many words, so many interviews, so many opinions over the past week, so what's left to say on the actual day of the Biggest Derby Ever? Plenty, it seems.
We did have a quick look for "mother of all derbies". It's probably out there somewhere.
The Gleaner quotes United's manager as saying that "it's a derby of amazing proportions," and while that description also holds good about the Trafford Centre or Adele, we get the picture.
Skysports.com has a decent interview with Roberto Mancini, who tells them that "beating defending champions Manchester United to the Premier League title would be the greatest achievement of his career".
They point out that he played in a European Cup final for Sampdoria and as a manager "led Inter Milan to three successive Serie A titles after a previous 17-year wait".
Roberto tells them: "If we beat United to the title it would be the biggest achievement of my career because it is England. It is the best championship in Europe.
And for an Italian manager to win the Premier League would make it better than anything else I have done in the game
"I feel the same sense of importance about Monday as I did as a player for that European Cup final 20 years ago with Sampdoria."
Sam Sheringham at bbc.co.uk goes old school, delving back into history with Mike Summerbee and Tommy Docherty, who can remember derbies that weren't even televised live (ask your dad).
Mike reckons: "This is the biggest derby game in my lifetime without a shadow of a doubt. Everyone around the world will be watching this game."
Former Reds boss Docherty says: "If City win the league, it would be great for Manchester. Both will dominate the British game for the next 10 years because they have the players, the stadiums, the supporters and the finances to go out and buy whoever they want."
He adds: "It's always the game of the season, but the fact that both teams are going for the championship has added spice to it this year. You can sense the build-up from a fortnight before.
I remember a pretty big derby [in 1974] when Denis Law back-heeled the ball into the net and we got relegated - but I don't like to talk about that
The best player interview around is our Carlos Tevez exclusive, quotes from which are sprouting up on sites all over the world as you read this. But football365.com have a note of caution from Michael Carrick.
He points out: "Whatever happens, the title race won't be over at the final whistle. There will still be two games left to play and the way the last couple of weeks have gone, I don't think you can look at the derby as a decider."
What a spoilsport. Even if he is right. It's not over until the lady of amazing proportions sings.
Enjoy the game anyway, Blues, and don't forget to set off early before all the Bovril's gone.