At 10 pm local time Wednesday night, English Premier League Champions Manchester City will make the short trip to Old Trafford to face eternal rivals Manchester United in a clash that is likely to decide who will win the 2018/2019 premier league title.
Such is the anticipation surrounding the Manchester derby that the clash between Wolverhampton and Arsenal, which could have serious ramifications on Arsenal’s top four dreams, has been swept under the radar.
Ordinarily, Manchester United versus Manchester City is just a derby, where bragging rights is all that matter especially at a time when United has somehow lost its appeal.
Tonight’s match is however much more than that, it is a contest between a team that is a shadow of its former self and a City side playing free-flowing football and buoyed by a desire to retain the EPL trophy.
Man United 4-0 thrashing at Goodison Park by Everton hasn’t helped matters, with a majority of football fans already anticipating another thrashing at Old Trafford.
As a Liverpool fan am hoping for a favour from Manchester United.
For the first time I will be supporting the Red Devils, obvious of the fact that a win or a draw for them will tilt the title race in Liverpool’s favour.
Man City is unbeaten in its last 10 Premier league matches since losing 2-1 to Newcastle on January 29th. Liverpool on the other hand has only lost once in the Premier league, a 2-1 loss at City.
The consistency between the two teams has made the 2018/2019 title race an even contest in which the lead at the top has changed over 25 times.
Focus now shifts to Old Trafford where Manchester United entertains Man City.
United is languishing at 6th on 64 points, 3 points behind Chelsea who hold the last UEFA Champions league qualification slot but with a game in hand.
The position is testament to how times have changed for a team that finished second in the 2017/2018 season but sacked Manager Jose Mourinho last year.
The appointment of former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was met with renewed enthusiasm and while results went his way initially, United is back at 6th where he found it.
Top four remains his only agenda and a loss at home to Man City will all but diminish any remaining hope of playing in the lucrative Champions league next season.
A win will increase United’s chances of finishing in the top four, it will also hand bitter rivals Liverpool the advantage in the title race, something a majority of its fans can’t live with.
They therefore are ready to lose to Manchester City to ensure Liverpool doesn’t win its first title since 1990.
Paul Sironik, Dan Kabaya, Nicky Njari, Sudi Biko Matara, diehard Man United fans have even congratulated City in anticipation they will lose.
Aduda K’Osumba is however not sure of what he wants, he believes Liverpool deserves to win the title but on some occasions argues City should just win it!
I can’t blame them, had I been a Man united fan I would also not want Liverpool to win the EPL trophy. Such is the rivalry between these two premier league giants that United fans are willing to forfeit a top four finish as long as Liverpool isn’t crowned champions of England.
Today therefore should be the day the 2018/2019 English premier league should be won.
In the meantime Wolves versus Arsenal will be a cracker!