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City v United - 30 April, 20:00 BST

"There’s no doubt both sets of players will be nervous. If you’re not nervous before a game like this there’s something wrong with you. It’s how you handle those nerves that’s important."

- Denis Irwin

27/04/2012 10:00, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Run-in pundits: Irwin

There’s no doubt City have good players throughout their team… Silva, Kompany, Tevez, but Sergio Aguero is the man to watch for me. He’s had a fantastic season and City will be looking to him for goals.

I’ve heard people say there’s more pressure on City because they have to win, but there’s pressure on both teams. We have the added pressure of being away from home. The first 20 minutes of these types of games are always important and you need cool heads during that period. Our players have a lot of experience of being involved in situations like this and to be fair to City they also have plenty of experience in their ranks. Yes, they haven’t been down this particular road before with regard to challenging for the title, but they’ve got a lot of internationals in their squad who have played in pressure situations.

It’s hard to call what the score will be. When the top teams have played each other this season we’ve seen a lot of goals and it actually wouldn’t surprise me if Monday night was the same. Usually in big games you’d be expecting a 0-0 or 1-0 scoreline, but I wouldn't be shocked to see the derby finish up at, say, 2-2. And we’d be more than happy with that result of course.

For more expert opinion, watch a special edition of The Paddy Crerand Show, on MUTV this Sunday 29 April at 18:30 BST.

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