In due time, Manchester United will visit the Etihad for their Premiership game against arch rival Manchester City. The clash will be broadcast to a world TV audience of 650 Million, which is the biggest in the history of Premier League.
United manager Alex Fergusson said: “This is the derby game of all derby games — whoever loses will be tinged with regret.” “It’s in the blood of the supporters and I know lots of fans who would give everything to win this game.”
City midfielder Garreth Barry echoed the comments of United boss by saying “I don’t think you can get away from the size of the game against United and the pressure. “It’s not just on us; it will be on them, too. When the game is that big the pressure is on both sets of players and it will be down to who handles that best.”
ESPN, Brasil, Canal+France, Abu Dhabi Media Company, Beijing TV and ESPN Star are among the 16 broadcaster who will be at Etihad Stadium. The clash has set a Premier record with the highest number of broadcasters to be at a Stadium.
One of Manchester City’s spokesman said: “The interest in this game from around the world is unprecedented.”
City defender Kompany has promised to stop United’s forward Wayne Rooney.
Sir Alex Fergusson said that victory over Manchester City on Monday will be the most special derby triumph in all of his 26 years at Old Trafford.
Premier League leaders United go into the match with a three-point advantage over their “noisy neighbours.”
“Last year we were in the same situation with Chelsea. Had we lost they would have caught us up with better goal difference but we won and went six points clear. It’s a similar situation, but this is the derby game of all derby games. City is our nearest rivals and it makes everybody step up a notch in terms of anticipation.”
“It’s down to what our fans will think and I think they would look upon it as a special one because it’s against their most bitter rivals. I don’t think you can get away from that. If you ask any of the fans, then I know what they would say. For me, it’s another league game” were the words of Manchester United’s boss.
The Premier League clash would be on the 30th of April, 2012 with A. Marriner as the referee.