Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rise of the Blues Has Turned Reds into a Boring Side

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rise of the Blues Has Turned Reds into a Boring Side

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UNITED have become the most boring team in the top seven - and it's all City's fault!

The Reds had the nation's TV football fans snoozing on their sofas again at the weekend with their ultranegativity - hidden by the notion that they were saving themselves for a Europa League semi-final.

And only the traditional United support will admit that the past five years have seen the attacking values instilled by Sir Matt Busby and honed by Sir Alex Ferguson sacrificed at the altar of pragmatism.

Why? United fans who used to chant "Attack! Attack! Attack!" at any sign of holding back, now largely accept this tedious fare.

But the transformation was kicked off by City's emergence, and by the fact that the Blues snatched the manager who Fergie saw as the man best suited to continue his legacy.

The problem with United started back in Fergie's day, however.

Only the most grudging of non-United fans failed to recognise that United won trophies in style, and kept alive Busby's old insistence that his players add a touch of fantasy to the humdrum lives of the Trafford Park workers who rolled up at the stadium every other week.

Then City's takeover happened, and Fergie recognised the threat right away.

The new money at Chelsea had been bad enough, but here was a club right on his doorstep that could now challenge the Reds' supremacy.

He was desperate to stop City winning their first honour, but the Blues walked all over his resistance by beating United in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and then lifting the cup.

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But it was the following season that the radical change occurred, as City went to Old Trafford and stunned the world with a 6-1 win.

To his credit - or his foolishness if you take a more clinical view - Fergie still urged his team forward even after Jonny Evans' red card gave a superior City team a numerical advantage. …

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