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I'll be supporting United for the first time ever, admits Milner

 

By Phil Blanche

James Milner admits he will become a Manchester United supporter for the first time as Liverpool hope for an advantage in the Premier League title race.

Milner counts United's three great rivals - Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester City - on a 17-year playing CV that has seen him rack up more than 600 senior games.

But the 33-year-old midfielder will put history to one side in the Manchester derby when City meet United at Old Trafford tomorrow night.

The showdown is City's game in hand on Liverpool and victory will restore their one-point lead at the top with three matches of the season remaining.

"First time in my life," Milner said about his support for United this week.

"But I won't be watching. It's a bit of a waste of energy, willing the ball in the other goal.

"I can't do anything about it. I'll maybe put my phone away for a few hours and check it after.

"I've no idea what I'll do, maybe go out for some food."

Liverpool maintained their challenge for a first domestic title since 1990 with a 2-0 victory at Cardiff on Sunday, when Milner was on target from the penalty spot.

Liverpool have relegated Huddersfield and Wolves to play at home and Newcastle away.

City's remaining fixtures are at United, Burnley and Brighton and at home to Leicester.

"We just need to win the rest of our games," Milner said.

"If we do that and it's not good enough then you have to hold your hands up and say 'well done City'."

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