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The Manchester derby will be watched intensely by United's worldwide supporters clubs.

Click the image to see some of the fans who gave us their views.

07/04/2013 20:07, Report by Adam Bostock
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Global Reds eye local tie

Is the derby's importance due to City's recent rise?

Omar Altaf, Kuwait: Although I always used to mark my calendar for the derby, it has become the game to watch since all the money started pouring into City from the Middle East. After the heartbreaking title loss last season, doing a double over City would heal some wounds! And a win on Monday can realistically seal the title for us.

Kieran Smyth, Carryduff, Northern Ireland: In fairness the derby match has probably taken on greater significance over these past few years - the rivalry has become more intense as the stakes have been raised.

Mikhail Starov, Moscow: I always saw it as a special game, even when City were struggling to stay in the Premier League. They used to have two aims every season - win the derbies and avoid relegation!

Hisham Alkooheji, Bahrain:  It’s gained so much more importance with City's recent rise. And since Carlos Tevez did the unthinkable and moved to the Blue side, the tension has definitely increased between the two sets of fans. City challenging for silverware and being United’s main rivals on all fronts has shifted the huge rivalry we had with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea to the local derby.

Joseph Tedesco, Malta: Being honest, to really understand the Manchester rivalry one has to be born and bred in the city. For fans outside the area, I would think the biggest rivals would still be Liverpool. But the derby is always a special game, and especially now that City have become title contenders after 35-odd years. United's league and cup disappointments against the noisy neighbours in recent seasons gives Monday's match greater significance.

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