"My earliest Derby memories were of close games won 2-1 or 1-0 by either side with a fair few draws scattered around . My first-ever derby match at Old Trafford though was in the 69/70 season when United knocked City out of the FA Cup 3-0. It was a strange period as United had been on the receiving end of a 4-0 drubbing at Maine Road in the league six weeks or so earlier and, later that season, we were beaten 2-1 at Old Trafford in the league by City.
"City sort of dominated the derby fixtures for the next few years, I suppose it was always the biggest game of the season for them and they did give United some real thumpings at the time.
"The derby to me was always best when both Manchester teams played with two wingers and were flair teams and both in the top eight in the league. It was just great to have that excitement and buzz and I always find it amusing to see how thin-skinned City fans are about losing the derby.
"We do cope better as fans with a derby defeat than City fans, although I'm hoping the failure in City's DNA means they will be crying all the way back to Stockport today!”