Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

United Are Good for the League and England

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

United Are Good for the League and England

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Byline: Patrick Barclay

[bar] HE only Manchester City fan with reason to enjoy events at White Hart Lane yesterday was David Bernstein, the FA chairman. And he would have been smiling under only one of his hats. While Harry Redknapp's price must drop with every Spurs defeat, it is beginning to look as if City might become the latest victims of Manchester United's refusal to accept second best.

Who would have believed it as United lost an Old Trafford derby 6-1 in October? Not me. Having tipped City for the title, I prepared for vindication, believing a transitional United incapable of finding the consistency to sustain a challenge. And here we are: two points separate the clubs and United have the slightly less difficult run-in, even though they must visit the Etihad Stadium at the end of April.

At least Roberto Mancini is performing like a champion. When congratulated on opening up a five-point lead through victory over Bolton, he shrugged and replied that it meant nothing because United would beat Spurs. …

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