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Fergie eyes epic Manchester derby triumph

Published on Dec 7, 2012 9:46 AM
 
Manchester City's Ivory Coast footballer Yaya Toure (foreground) vies for the ball against Manchester United's English midfielder Paul Scholes during their English Premier League football match at The Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on April 30, 2012. Alex Ferguson lit the fuse on a potentially explosive showdown with Manchester City as the Manchester United manager claimed a victory at Eastlands would be one of his club's greatest ever results. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Alex Ferguson lit the fuse on a potentially explosive showdown with Manchester City as the Manchester United manager claimed a victory at Eastlands would be one of his club's greatest ever results.

For the first time in 44 years, City will go into the Manchester derby as reigning English champions, but the bragging rights from pipping United to the title on the final day of last season will count for nothing if Ferguson's side inflict a first league defeat of the season on Roberto Mancini's men at Eastlands on Sunday.

United are three points clear of second placed City at the top of the Premier League and the prospect of allowing their bitter rivals to extend that lead is certain to provoke a ferocious response from the hosts after their exit from the Champions League in midweek.

With United showing alarming defensive frailties in recent weeks, encapsulated by a chaotic 4-3 win at Reading last week, Ferguson knows it won't be easy to subdue City, especially as the Blues have a formidable record on their home turf.

 
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