David Healy: Perhaps Fergie should have signed up terrific Tevez after all
I’ve been to a few Manchester derbies down the years, but none of those compare to the importance of the match at Eastlands tomorrow.
It is a massive match, absolutely massive.
Over the past two decades or so, United have been the dominant force in Manchester.
Red has lorded it over blue for longer than City fans care to remember.
Generally when these derbies come around only pride is at stake for City while United are chasing trophies.
United are still chasing trophies, though even for them the Premier League title may be a bridge too far this season, but the difference this time is that City are going for Champions League qualification.
If they finish fourth, with their financial clout, who knows who they will bring in during the summer.
It could change the club forever and make them a serious threat to United.
I have friends on both sides of the Manchester divide and they really can’t wait for this match.
Some City fans believe this could be the game that changes everything.
I would think that Sir Alex Ferguson will have something to say about that.
I know he has stated that Chelsea are big favourites to win the title, but he won’t want to give it up easily and that means going all out against City to win the game.
At the same time Roberto Mancini’s men will be desperate to win to stay in fourth, ahead of Tottenham.
City are on a roll at the moment having beaten Birmingham 5-1 last weekend while United, for them, just aren’t delivering.
I know Blackburn is a tough place to go, but when the crunch comes United normally go to a ground like Ewood Park and leave with three points.
The 0-0 draw was not like them at all, though obviously not having Wayne Rooney didn’t help at Blackburn.
A lot of the focus tomorrow will be on the man who has played for both teams — Carlos Tevez.
He has had a fantastic season, scoring goals galore and striking up a really dangerous partnership with Craig Bellamy.
Around this time last season he scored a beauty against City for United.
I remember the United fans singing “Fergie, Fergie, sign him up.”
Maybe United should have signed him up because when Rooney has not been playing, Sir Alex’s side have lacked a cutting edge.
I would imagine that the atmosphere will be electric and I’m sure Gary Neville will get a nice warm welcome from the City supporters.
Already this season United and City have served up some thrilling derbies in the league and Carling Cup. I expect tomorrow’s match to be no different. It promises to be a classic.