Things Manchester City Fans Secretly Like About Manchester United

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Things Manchester City Fans Secretly Like About Manchester United
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As intense as these battles are for the players, the fans are the ones living and dying with every touch.

People toss the word "hate" around so casually that it has become a punchline.

Of all the silly ways people talk about hate, sports fandom is either at or really close to the top of the list. Do Arsenal supporters really hate Tottenham Hotspur and their fans? Do Boston Red Sox fanatics really hate the New York Yankees and their global following?

You have to hope not; because when people actually act on these trivial feelings, tragedies happen.

The rivalry between Manchester City and Manchester United has been written about so often that there is little point in rehashing it here.

Sadly, supposedly rational people continue to say stupid things about City, United and their continuing battle for bragging rights.

"I hate United worse than my worst enemy. Worse than anything," said City supporter Kasim Zakaria according to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times.

That Zakaria is surely not alone in that sentiment is a sad commentary on fan attitudes. Which often shape fan behavior in terrible ways.

In the spirit of conciliation, here are five things about United that, if City fans were ever truthful with themselves, they would concede that they like about the Red Devils. 

And don't worry if you find yourself nodding at one of these slides. Your secrets are safe here.

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