Short-term superiority

“Pride had been dented as a result of last season’s losses to Roberto Mancini’s men and the now infamous title dethronement on the campaign’s final day, but thankfully, following a long and patient wait, normal service has resumed in the nation’s football capital.”

-'s Mark Froggatt

11/12/2012 09:30, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Blog: Pride over points

are simply not won in December, although the psychological benefits of victory at Eastlands could be gargantuan come what May.

"When you count the points up in May, I hope this win is significant," Sir Alex told MUTV afterwards. "Derby games like today are significant if you win them, there's no question about that. I hope it's really significant come the end of the season." 

Crucially, the Reds now have an opportunity to build on a position of strength at the top of the league and, perhaps more importantly, fans can reflect on an excellent day’s work at the Etihad Stadium.

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