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Premier League: Manchester focus for football prize

Category: England

Published: 13th May 2012 12:15:56

In one of the closest ever Premier League contests, the race for English football's biggest prize is focused on one city.

Many Manchester City fans heading to the Etihad stadium will not have been born when their team last won the league title in 1968.

It has been a 44-year wait for City and in that time they have watched bitter rivals Manchester United win 12 titles.

And if City slip up United could snatch the title from them.

City are at home to Queen's Park Rangers and a win will almost certainly clinch the title.

United, who are on the same points as City but with an inferior goal difference, play away at Sunderland and realistically need City to drop points.

Just a few weeks ago City looked to be out of the Premier League race, trailing eight points behind United.

But they have hauled their rivals back and now are favourites to take the title when the final whistles blow shortly before 17:00 BST.

Manchester United fan Ian Sterling, from Salford, said of City's title chances: "It's about time really, 44 years, they've spent a long time waiting and after spending £980m on that team, while we've had £525m taken out - it's about time."

City fan Gaynor Norris, from Irlam, said: "We're a young team, people said you're not going to gel, you're not going to do it this season, but they've played fantastic."

Peter Spencer, sports editor of the Manchester Evening News, said the fight to the final whistle would be "tremendous".

"It reminds me a little bit of last season when City won the FA Cup and United won the league on the same day, and this will be even crazier in the office" he said.

"We've got 20 pages to fill of which 16 are geared towards City, so you can see they way we think it's going to go, but of course it can all change and there'll be 16 United and four City if it goes the other way."

Mr Spencer said feelings run deep in the city as to which team fans support and there "isn't much love lost between fans of the different teams".

"I think there was more friendship in the past. People used to support City and United, but I think they can only afford to support one or the other now.

"People always ask me who I support," he added, "I always tell them Bury - my home town."

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