City and United – two teams separated by just 4.4 miles of tarmac. Both have a great history and when it comes to inspirational football quotes, both have strong contenders.
“I’m privileged to have followed Sir Matt because all you have to do is to try and maintain the standards that he set so many years ago” – Alex Ferguson.
“I won 21 titles in seven years: three titles per year playing in this way. I’m sorry, guys. I’m not going to change” – Manuel Pellegrini on his famed micromanagement.
“The street is a good school and you learn many things there – resiliency, how to play against older players” – Sergio Aguero.
“I didn’t become a footballer to be famous, I became a footballer to be successful” – Ryan Giggs.
On Top Players
“The first time I saw him play, I was like “oh my God, what have I just seen?!” Gary Neville on Ryan Giggs.
“He had great confidence on the ball and was an excellent finisher” – Independiente coach on young Aguero.
“Goalkeepers win you games sometimes, and Peter Schmeichel won more games than any other goalkeeper I’ve ever seen” – Ryan Giggs.
“Harry Dowd was a fearless, daring and exceptionally agile goalkeeper” – The Independent 2015.
“[Old Trafford is] The most handsomest, the most spacious and the most remarkable arena I have ever seen” – Sporting Chronicle 1910.
“Maine Road was a great football stadium but as time moved on it stayed where it is…” – Kevin Keegan.
Crossing The Divide
“There is good depth to the squad and everyone can see what a quality player Wayne Rooney is” – Andy Cole joins Utd.
“It would be a lie if I said I didn’t have any reservations about returning to Manchester“ – Cole joins City.
“He [Alex Ferguson], more than anyone else, was the person who was determined that I should come to Manchester United” – Carlos Tevez on joining Utd.
“I feel I’ve shown I’m at the right club now. Everyone knows how important the fans are at this club and, if I make them happy, it’s an honour” –Tevez signs for City two years later.
“Hark now here, The City sing, United run away, And we will fight forever more, Because of derby day” – City fans taunting Utd fans to the tune of Mary’s Boy Child.
“Hello Hello, how do you do, We are the boys in laser blue. Where ever we go, we’ll fear no foe” – to the tune of Oh Christmas Tree.
“I said maybe, You’re gonna be the one that saves me, And after all, You’re my wonderwall” – Noting Manchester based band Oasis are City fans.
“Hello! Hello! We are the busby boys! Hello! Hello! We are the busby boys!” – a chant from Utd’s first Golden Era
“The city is yours, the city is yours…. 20000 empty seats, are you sure!?” – United fans taunting City fans.
“I saw my mate the other day, He said to me, he’s seen the white Pele, So I asked, who is he, He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney”
“Manchester United breathes football” – Robin Van Persie.
“It is one of the best clubs in the world by far. I’m loving Manchester City” – Pep Gardiola.
Two colossal teams, so much history and success. It’s hard to choose between City in the blue corner and United in the red corner. So, let’s call it a score draw in one of the tensest matches ever to take place between them.