As I write this article, the biggest derby of the season between Manchester United and Manchester City will start. These Manchester derby will be nothing short of a mini-war as the two teams fight to establish their supremacy.
While Manchester's more successful team—United—has seen their luck betray them in the last few weeks, their crosstown rivals have gained momentum.
After a loss to Bayern Munich signaled their exit from the Champions League, and without their in-form striker, the Red Devils were heaped with further misery when a loss to Chelsea and a draw with Rovers virtually ended their hopes for a record fourth consecutive title.
United's over-dependency on Rooney cost them dearly as his absence proved United's failure to convert chances in front of the goal time and again. The Red Devils need to win their derby if they want to keep alive any hope of winning the title.
On the other side of Manchester, the super-rich City looks like they've touched their top gear in recent weeks with convincing wins against Wigan, Burnley, and Birmingham. Their top strikers Tevez, Bellamy, and Adebayor are all in goal scoring form.
The whole team is in superb shape and brimming with confidence as they head to establish their supremacy over their bitter rivals and also take a step forward to securing the fourth place.
The man hogging the limelight in the Manchester derby will surely be Roberto Mancini's ace striker, the 5"8' Argentine forward, Carlos Tevez.
The ex-United man has been in devilish form in front of the goal this season. He has already scored 28 goals for his club in this season and looks to score a few more before the season ends. He will be the man to watch who can effectively end United's title hopes and help establish City's dominance over United.
Tevez's form this season has sparked debates across the pubs and streets of England as to whether selling him was Fergie's biggest mistake.
The Argentine, during his two-year stay, was largely omitted by United manager Ferguson. Tevez was used mostly as a substitute, although he performed every time he was given a chance.
Such omission ultimately led to Tevez refusing a contract with United and his subsequent move to Eastlands.
Although in recent weeks Ferguson has declared that selling Tevez was not a mistake, deep down he knows that one way or another he made a mistake in letting go of the Argentine.
Manchester United's season has been largely dependent on their striker Rooney's form.
The Englishman moved into the spotlight after record-breaking sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid last summer. He emerged as the man in-form for United. He is currently leading the goal scoring table in the Premier League with 26 goals.
United's over-dependency on Ron was exposed after an ankle sprain sidelined Rooney for a fortnight. Rooney's replacement, the talented Berbatov, failed to impress in front of the goal.
United's performance dipped in Rooney's absence as the Red Devils failed to score goals. As a consequence they are now four points behind league leaders Chelsea and their title hopes have virtually ended.
United's current failure has led to speculation as to what could have been if Tevez was not sold and treated shabbily by Fergie. Tevez looks to have hit his peak form this season. A Tevez-Rooney striking duo could be the nightmare of every opposing team's defense. Moreover, Rooney's absence would not have been felt had Tevez been there.
But what has been done is done and nobody can change it. So it remains to be seen if Tevez can take his revenge against the team that did not give him the respect that he deserved.
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