Sir Alex Ferguson has been here before, and on the verge of a 13th title with United, there is little that he can see that will shock or surprise him so going into Monday’s game he remains calm.
Yet whilst he remains calm, he understands the importance the game has to the fans. A Manchester title race has always been on the cards since City were taken over by the Abu Dhabi Group and now we have just that.
So after the game is done, one side will be left reeling, left with regrets having just conceded the title to their biggest rivals:
“If one loses they will be reflecting on what might have been.
“The points total which both teams will probably amass, it is championship form.
“But it will be tinged with regret simply because it is the derby thing.
“You can’t get away from it. It is our fans’ most bitter rivals.
“For me it is just another league. For the supporters it is special.”
“It means everything to a supporter. It is everything.
“For both sets of supporters, going to work on Tuesday will be the most important day of their lives.
“People have been brought up to what they are through their fathers and their grandfathers and grandmothers. You can’t change a families traits.”