For Manchester City fans, Monday's night's crucial clash with United isn't simply the final battle of a season-long war. It isn't even just about clawing their way back into the race for the Premier League title. Their pain runs far deeper than that. City have lived in the shadow of their rivals for too long and they are desperate to break out into the light. You have to go back to 1991 to find the last time they finished above their rivals, a feat that was spoiled somewhat when United beat Barcelona to lift the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup.
CNN's Pedro Pinto talks football with legendary manager Alex Ferguson.
Paul Scholes capped his return to Premier League action with a goal as Manchester United beat struggling Bolton Wanderers 3-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Speaking after Queens Park Rangers' lung-busting win over Stoke City in mid-November, then-manager Neil Warnock broke off from analyzing the minutiae of the match and looked at the gathered hacks with the luminous eyes of a Jackanory storyteller. "I love this league," he said. "It's an incredible journey." That journey detoured into murkier territory after the victory at Stoke, with Rangers not having won since, but Warnock -- who got the club promoted at the first attempt after 16 different managers had overseen 15 years in the lower divisions -- will still have been stung by the owners' decision that preserving Premier League status is a job for another man.
Former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has resigned as coach of English club Fulham amid reports linking him with the vacant job at Aston Villa.
A look at memorable previous meetings between Manchester United and Barcelona:
Thoughts on the weekend's action in the Barclays Premier League:
Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz hopes to revive his stalled career after securing a return to his old stomping ground at English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers.
Christmas is a time for sharing, a time for caring and a time for firing your manager before the yawning jaws of relegation snap shut. Since the weather put paid to seven of the weekend's nine fixtures, let's have a look at who's in the danger zone:
During a weekend when most Americans were giving thanks, one soccer team in England once again showered thanks upon its star American.
Managers are a bit like prom dates: It always feels better to have one whom everyone else wanted. So it is perhaps understandable that, having initially had their team's advances warmly received by the massively popular Martin Jol, some Fulham fans are not quite so excited about buying a wristlet for the slightly less affable Mark Hughes instead.
Didier Drogba scored a vital equalizer as Chelsea came from behind to beat west London neighbors Fulham 2-1 to extend their English Premier League lead to five points.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has branded Manchester City's handling of Mark Hughes' recent dismissal as "unacceptable".
It's after dinner. You're tired. You ease yourself into a comfortable place to watch your favorite TV show. Suddenly you're jolted from your couch potato demeanor by a commercial break.
Relief might be coming for people irritated by loud TV commercials. CNN's Louise Schiavone reports.
Roberto Mancini has set his sights on a top four finish in the English Premier League this season to bring Champions League football to Manchester City after taking over from the sacked Mark Hughes.
Mark Hughes hit back after being sacked as Manchester City manager on Saturday saying he was "extremely disappointed" and had no idea he was about to be shown the door.
Big-spending Manchester City have made a surprise move to sack manager Mark Hughes and appoint former Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini in his place.
Things are a little tight at the top of the English Premier League, and it's making people nervous. Only seven points separate the top seven teams, and the pack could further congest if Aston Villa, Manchester City and Arsenal win their games in hand.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson hailed his side's rollercoaster 4-3 victory over neighbors Manchester City at Old Trafford as the "best derby of all time."
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed the English Premier League club will contest the improper conduct charge handed out to striker Emmanuel Adebayor by the Football Association.
Big-spending Manchester City continued their perfect start to the English Premier League season on Sunday, winning 1-0 at struggling Portsmouth thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor's third goal in as many games.
African striker Emmanuel Adebayor has become the latest big-money acquisition by English Premier League club Manchester City.
Mark Hughes, the manager of English Premier League side Manchester City, is confident Joleon Lescott's versatility will ensure his success at the Eastlands-based side after the defender finalized his drawn out transfer to the club.
The future of England international Joleon Lescott should become much clearer in the next 48 hours after Premier League side Everton turned down the central defender's transfer request.
Mark Hughes, the manager of English Premier League side Manchester City, has a problem building up to the start of a new campaign.
English Premier League big-spenders Manchester City have continued their summer recruitment drive with the signing of Arsenal's Ivory Coast central defender Kolo Toure on a four-year contract.
English Premier League Manchester City have recouped some of the $150 million they have spent on players this summer by confirming the sale of Brazilian international midfielder Elano to Turkish club Galatasarary for an undisclosed fee.
Big-spending English Premier League club Manchester City have completed the much-anticipated signing of Argentina international Carlos Tevez.
Roque Santa Cruz became big-spending Manchester City's second signing of the summer transfer window as he completed a reported $30 million move from Premier League rivals Blackburn.
England midfielder Gareth Barry has quit Aston Villa for Premier League rivals Manchester City in a $20 million deal after agreeing a five-year contract.
"Incredible" is how John Frisina remembers the moment he logged on to Fantasy Premier League and discovered he was beating nearly two million other competitors.
"Incredible" is how John Frisina remembers the moment he logged on to Fantasy Premier League and discovered he was beating nearly two million other competitors.
Brazilian football star Robinho denies any wrongdoing after being interviewed by English police over allegations of a serious sexual assault.
CNN's Phil Black reports on the sexual assault allegations made against Britain's highest paid soccer star Robinho.
Premier League big-spenders Manchester City are set to fine record signing Robinho for his training ground walk-out in Tenerife last week.
Manchester City have confirmed that absent Brazilian striker Robinho will be back in time for the Premier League side's return to training next week.
Manchester City have swooped again to sign Dutch international midfielder Nigel De Jong from Hamburg for a fee believed to be in the region of £17 million ($23.4m), manager Mark Hughes' third major acquisition of the January transfer window.
Premier League Manchester City and AC Milan have terminated talks regarding the proposed £100 million world record transfer of 2007 FIFA Player of the Year Kaka.
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes insists he is being kept fully informed of any progress being made in his club's audacious move to sign AC Milan playmaker Kaka -- and has denied the $155 million deal is dead.
Brazilian superstar Kaka has appeared to rule out a world record transfer to Manchester City by insisting he wants to "grow old" at AC Milan.
Manchester City have had a reported £15 million bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz rejected, manager Mark Hughes said on Thursday.
Premier League Manchester City crashed out of the English FA Cup after a humiliating 3-0 defeat to second-flight Nottingham Forest in a third round tie on Saturday.
Defender Wayne Bridge has become the first signing of what seems sure to be a busy transfer window for Manchester City after completing his expected transfer from Chelsea for a fee in the region of £10 million ($14.5 million).
Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off and skipper Cesc Fabregas suffered a worrying knee problem as Arsenal battled to hold Premier League leaders Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.
LAS VEGAS -- Coming at you with a bucket of hot wings and a, ahem, perfect view at Hooters, it's the Limey. Half of Team Limey is halfway through its American vacation, and this week we've got an exclusive interview with New York Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio, an English perspective on MLS Cup and all the latest English Premier League goings-on.
Brazilian star Robinho is set to play in his first Manchester derby on Sunday after recovering from an ankle injury.
Hull City drew 2-2 with Manchester City and Everton were held 1-1 by Middlesbrough in mid-table clashes in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Manchester City FC is on the verge of being the latest investment for wealthy Gulf investors. CNN's Jim Boulden reports.
Manchester City have completed a sensational transfer deadline-day swoop for Brazilian forward Robinho in an estimated £32.5 million ($58 million) deal with Real Madrid, following the English Premier League club's takeover by an Abu Dhabi group on Monday.
England international winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has rejoined Manchester City from Chelsea in a four-year deal sealed on Thursday.
Manchester City avoided the embarrassment of a UEFA Cup exit to Danish minnows Midtjylland but needed extra time and penalties to reach the first round.
Team Limey, along with everyone else over in Blightly, has been riding the rare wave of British sporting success that the Olympics have brought. We were brought crashing back to reality watching the drab 2-2 draw between England and the Czech Republic, and contemplated turning your favorite net-based soccer column into a fortnightly update on the happenings of the U.K. cycling, swimming and rowing scenes.
So here we go again. The European football season is upon us and every single club has a dream. Some will attain it, most will fall short, but all of them are aiming to exceed expectations and win some kind of silverware.
Mark Hughes' Manchester City suffered an embarrassing UEFA Cup qualifying round defeat to a Danish side on the eve of the Premier League season.
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has insisted that he has no plans to relinquish his new post despite rumors this week amidst uncertainty about the future of club owner Thaksin Shinawatra and alleged disputes over transfers.
Manchester City have completed the signing of utility defender Tal Ben Haim from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Brazilian striker Jo from CSKA Moscow for a club record undisclosed fee -- believed to be in the region of $37 million.
Manchester City, under their new manager Mark Hughes, will make a low-key start to their UEFA Cup campaign this month, when they play the first leg of their first qualifying round tie away to EB/Streymur, of the Faroe Islands.
Former England captain Paul Ince has been appointed as the new Blackburn manager in succession to Mark Hughes.
You find Team Limey in good mood this week. As we write, relaxing in the fustiest of fustian armchairs, watching Croatia beat Germany 2-1 at the European Championship, it makes England's failure to qualify ahead of the Croats seem a little less embarrassing.
Manchester City have sent representatives to Brazil in the hope of persuading Ronaldinho to sign for them.
Premier League Manchester City have appointed Mark Hughes as their new manager in succession to Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Sven-Goran Eriksson left Manchester City on Monday and jetted into Mexico primed to secure the national job -- with Blackburn boss Mark Hughes top of the list to replace him.
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes signed a new contract on Friday that keeps him at the Premier League club until June 2010 -- and rules him out of contention for the job of England coach.
Each year, America spends about $250 billion on marketing and advertising -- more than the entire GDP of Thailand. Too bad most of that money is a complete waste. For an increasingly savvy, TiVo-equipped public, our brains seem to shut down whenever something registers as "advertising." Which means all those marketing creatives at the big ad firms have had no choice but to, well, get more creative.
Reggina, bottom of Italy's Serie A, have sacked coach Massimo Ficcadenti.
It's "blood on the dance floor" this week in the English Premier League. Well not quite, but "bruising in the karaoke bar" doesn't have the same ring to it.
Goalkeeper Brad Friedel admitted Blackburn were outdone by Bayer Leverkusen's European experience after the German outfit progressed to the UEFA Cup last 16 with a 0-0 second leg draw at Ewood Park on Thursday.
People are certainly talking about "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" after a publicity stunt that went spectacularly wrong, but marketing experts say paralyzing a city and landing two guys in court isn't the best way to build a brand.
Australia captain Lucas Neill has joined West Ham United from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League clubs confirmed on Monday.
UEFA have banned Wisla Krakow defender Nikola Mijailovic for five matches after he racially abused Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy, European football's governing body has said.
UEFA will look into allegations that Blackburn Rovers's South African striker Benni McCarthy was racially abused during their UEFA Cup win at Wisla Krakow on Thursday.
PSV's Holland international Andre Ooijer is on the verge of signing for Blackburn, the Premiership side's manager Mark Hughes indicated on Tuesday.
Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has agreed a new contract that will keep him at the Premiership club until 2009.
Matthew and Beth Mandolesi told their doctor that they would be happy with a boy or a girl but wondered if there was a way to increase the odds that it would be a boy.
Wales striker Craig Bellamy has ended an unhappy spell at Newcastle United by joining Premier League rivals Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.
Wales midfielder Robbie Savage has announced his retirement from international football after an acrimonious row with manager John Toshack.
Jonathan Stead's first goal of the season gave Blackburn a 1-0 win at Everton and lifted them seven points clear of the relegation zone in the English Premier League.
Wales midfielder Robbie Savage has completed his £3m ($5.64 million) switch from Birmingham to Premier League rivals Blackburn after passing a medical.
South Africa captain Aaron Mokoena has joined English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in a £600,000 deal from Belgian club Racing Genk.
Blackburn Rovers have released France veteran Youri Djorkaeff who had been on a short-term contract with English Premiership club.
John Toshack has been confirmed as manager of Wales for the second time.
Former Wales and Liverpool striker Ian Rush has ruled himself out of succeeding Mark Hughes as manager of Wales.
Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush could succeed Mark Hughes as the next manager of Wales after his club gave the FA of Wales permission to talk to him about the job.
Gary Speed made an emotional farewell to international football on Wednesday night, but is being tipped to make a quick return in a new role as coach of the Wales national team.
Mark Hughes handles his final match as Wales manager after five years in charge on Wednesday pleading with his bosses to find the right successor.
Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has returned to the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against England and Poland next month.
New Blackburn manager Mark Hughes got a taste of the task facing him after the Premiership strugglers went out on penalties to third division Bournemouth in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Blackburn have appointed Wales national team manager Mark Hughes as their new manager, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Wales coach Mark Hughes has admitted he is interested in taking over as manager of Blackburn, who have lost Graeme Souness to Newcastle.
When investors start to see stocks with gains of up to 1,000 percent over the last four years, flashbacks of the tech bubble may appear. But the heady returns of education companies may be on more solid ground.
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