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Andy Cole: Manchester City Rival Liverpool As Manchester United’s Bitterest Rivals

He seems to be everywhere at the minute, and now Andy Cole has thrown in his two pence on our two closest rivals.

Speaking in the Manchester Evening News, Cole states the Manchester Derby has more at stake now than when he was playing, because of City’s growing success. He also believes the blue part of Manchester is close to overtaking the Scousers as our most bitter rivals due to this.

“Every game is special but the derby game is getting more and more intense now. When I played, Liverpool was the derby because they were a top team.

“Man City have now got themselves in a position to win the Premier League.

“It’s not just about the bragging rights in the city now, it’s about getting yourself three points closer to Man City, who are going to be up there this season again.”

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Manchester City are four places above United in the league this season, but it seems fortunes might be changing at Old Trafford after a string of impressive performances and results. Unbeaten in their last 4 games, and with some improved defending on show, confidence can be understandably high at the Theatre of Dreams.

On the other side of the coin, City have seemed to take a downturn in fortunes. Defeat against West Ham on Saturday, and letting a two goal lead slip in Moscow last Tuesday, are having the complete opposite effect on the berties confidence.

Cole also believes that the draw against Chelsea will be a greater catalyst than expected. Robin van Persie’s (who was improved on recent showings on Sunday) last gasp equaliser could well prove to be the caesium in the water and explode United on to a solid, positive run of form. And who better to prove this against than City and their 20,000 fans?

“Robin’s performance against Chelsea was very good, maybe his best performance of the season so far. It’ll be a big plus for him to get a goal, and against Chelsea will be a big boost.

“You’re disappointed to be a goal down in the last couple of minutes but then coming out with a draw, you’ve got to be absolutely delighted with that, especially moving on to the next week and such a big game.

“No doubt, the boys will take a hell of a lot of positives from it, getting the draw and getting a point out of it.”

Cole, who played for City towards the end of his career, certainly seems to be confident of United’s chances come Sunday. And with Wayne Rooney back from suspension, Marouane Fellaini playing out of his skin, and Chris Smalling impressive against Chelsea (along with Falcao hopefully back and Angel Di Maria in his entirety) the confidence should be reciprocated by fans too.

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