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Class divide is huge
A year or so ago Manchester City launched an advertising campaign that claimed: ‘This is Our City'. Not yet it isn’t. An afternoon that was supposed to signal the beginning of a new era of competition between the Manchester clubs ultimately served only to underline the enormous gulf that exists between City and their rivals from Old Trafford. Manchester United were distinctly and comprehensively superior to Mark Hughes’ City team at Eastlands. For all the oil money pumped into the club by their new Arab owners, City remain a work in progress under Hughes. United, on the other hand, are the finished article. The champions of England and Europe. That United won by just one goal was something of a puzzle.
Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail
Cristiano Ronaldo's dismissal dominates the tabloids, but the blow is set to be softened today. Not only is the winger banned for Wednesday's Carling Cup tie with Blackburn, which he was likely to miss anyway, every paper speculates that he will today be handed the Ballon d'Or, the most prestigious individual honour in football.
The Sun assesses the contribution of Ronaldo and City star Robinho during the 150th derby, and concludes in favour of the Portuguese. "Ronaldo was quiet after the first 20 minutes," writes Neil Custis. "Mind you, he still did an awful lot more than Robinho. There were times when you had to double-check your teamsheet to see if he was playing."
In transfer rumours, The Daily Mirror speculates that United are set to move for Partizan Belgrade's Adem Ljajic, as soon as the youngster has a senior international cap for Serbia.