The Manchester Derby

Manchester, so much to answer for

November 26, 2008
By John Brewin
Sunday sees the nouveau riche of Manchester City host the aristocratic soap opera that calls itself Manchester United.

Like any crosstown rivalry, the derby gives City and United fans the chance to lord it over their rivals. Be it in the office, the factory, over the dinner table, or in the pub, victory in this game will give Blues and Reds the opportunity to mock and make merry.

The lines have been demarcated for generations. City fans say ''rags'' (an acronym for red arrogant ...

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