Manchester Derby 2012: 7 Things Which Will Decide the Champions of England

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Manchester Derby 2012: 7 Things Which Will Decide the Champions of England
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April 30th is a day which pundits and managers have had earmarked and kept ready. Even the wily man from Govan had acknowledged, that in one way or the other, points would be dropped and it would always boil down to this.

How it has.

Manchester United were, at one stage, five points behind. They had to grind out match after match to help themselves get an eight point lead, but which has now come down to three points. Both teams have finally reached the stage where the equation becomes frighteningly simple. A win at the Etihad Stadium for the Red Devils would almost certainly guarantee them a record breaking 20th Premier League title. A loss would put Manchester City in pole position which would only ensure that their owner would bank-roll another spending spree, keeping Europe in mind.

Vincent Kompany may have said the Manchester Derby is only second to El Clasico, but it is far greater than that. TV viewing is reported to be at an all-time high of 650-700 million viewers all around the world.

The power in Manchester hangs delicately in balance. The Premier League is well known to be a marathon and not a sprint, but this is the most important phase of it all. Read on to find out what will decide who will be champions.

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