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12/04/2010 08:12

Papers: Noisy neighbours return

Bring on United
Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha roared 'Bring on United' after helping his team continue their blistering run of form. Roberto Mancini's men took their tally to an amazing 14 goals in three matches by demolishing Birmingham 5-1. And they are in ominous form to strike another blow to their neighbours' title hopes in the eagerly-anticipated derby on Saturday. The defender said: "We're confident going into the derby. We're winning games and scoring goals so we should have a good chance. You know what derby games are like, anything can happen, but hopefully it'll be our day." Boss Mancini admits he will be just as happy with a single-goal victory over Alex Ferguson's stuttering champs. The Italian said: "We will look forward to that game with United but we used up a lot of energy here so we will recover and then think about the game against them. We have respect for them because they are an important team, but we want to win for our position. It's impossible to continue to score three or four goals in the next games. We'll try, but if we win 1-0 I'll be very happy. In the next five games that would be good for us."
Martin Blackburn, The Sun

Of course, there's plenty of reaction to United's 0-0 draw at Blackburn on Sunday, with many papers claiming United have blown the chance to secure a fourth consecutive league title. In The Telegraph, Kevin Garside concedes it will be difficult, but resists the urge (unlike so many others) to slip into sensationalism: "Just as Bayern Munich's Champions League advance does not make them the Barcelona of the Bundesliga," he writes, "so Sunday's draw at Ewood Park and the European exit does not establish the downgrading of United. This has been a season of transition at Old Trafford. United are not without concerns but none that are anywhere near terminal."

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