HT Image
HT Image

Manchester prepares for derby match

Manchester United and Manchester City players will play in 1950s-style kits with no sponsorship markings when they meet Sunday in a highly anticipated Premier League derby match.
By HT Correspondent | AP, Manchester
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2008 08:56 PM IST

Manchester United players have spent weeks immersed in nostalgia and grief commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

Now comes the most poignant tribute to the eight players killed in the February 6, 1958 crash.

Manchester United and Manchester City players will play in 1950s-style kits with no sponsorship markings when they meet Sunday in a highly anticipated Premier League derby match. The five remaining survivors will lay wreaths on the Old Trafford pitch before kickoff, and a minute's silence will be observed. Munich survivor Bill Foulkes, who captained Matt Busby's decimated side, hopes memories of his late teammates will be revived when he looks out at the simple uniforms.

"I think I'll enjoy it," he said. "We had a fantastic team and I can remember a lot of them."

United is hoping the unique tribute doesn't take an emotional toll on the players.

"We've got to be professional," veteran winger Ryan Giggs said. "We know there's going to be a lot of emotion surrounding the game. Our job is to go out and win the game for ourselves and the fans as well."

Manager Alex Ferguson believes his team has an added incentive to win for the five survivors.

"I hope it's a motivation. The players have got responsibility on Sunday to do well," he told reporters Friday. "They always have, but maybe the expectation level is a bit higher on Sunday. "I hope we win an put in a really good performance _ I think the two go hand-in-hand on this occasion."

There has been a massive publicity drive by both clubs to ensure City fans don't disrupt the minute's silence before the match. Access to the stadium will close five minutes early to prevent noisy latecomers, and inflammatory anti-City banners have been removed from inside the stadium.

"Football rivalry is one thing, but when people die too early in an extremely bad accident you've got to respect that it doesn't matter if you're wearing a blue or a red shirt," City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson said Friday. "Don't be a fan for that minute, be a fan after."

A moving memorial service inside Old Trafford on Wednesday was the focal point of the commemorations for the crash, which killed 23 people after a refueling stop returning from a European Cup match at Red Star Belgrade.

Ferguson said the service was one of his proudest moments since taking charge in 1986.

"I realize I'm managing one of the greatest clubs of all time," he said. "It was just fantastic how the older players paraded their affection for the club in the way they did, it was absolutely outstanding.

"If you were taking an advert for Manchester United _ that was the advert on Wednesday."

Ferguson believes his young team, including the beguiling talent of Cristiano Ronaldo, is in the mold of the "Busby Babes." "Given the history of the Munich disaster and the way the team plays these days, the number of young players who are so exciting, I think we've got equally exciting players at our club at the moment," he said. "Young players who are doing the same thing as Manchester United have done in the past, trying to entertain and excite."

City, though, will be determined to pick up its first victory at Old Trafford since 1974 and claim its first league double over the Red Devils in 38 years.

With just one shot on target, City's 1-0 victory in August's derby sent the Blues briefly to the top of the standings and United into a slump. But their fortunes have switched since the summer, with United second in the standings and City 17 points adrift in seventh.

"We have an excellent home record against them but one thing you have to remember is in a derby anything can happen," Ferguson said. "Football can do these things to you, can surprise you and amaze you and can produce miracles. Hopefully it doesn't happen on Sunday."

Eriksson hopes Zimbabwe striker Benjani Mwaruwari can make an impact in his debut after his protracted transfer from Portsmouth. "He's strong, he's quick ... and he could be the difference for us," Eriksson said. "It's a good opportunity for us to show the season's not finished."

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
File image of Bukayo Saka. (Getty Images)
File image of Bukayo Saka. (Getty Images)

In Arsenal's usual story of struggle, a teenager provides some hope

By Bhargab Sarmah, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 04:29 PM IST
  • There have been a few positives to savour for the Arsenal fans, not least in the form of English teenager Bukayo Saka.
Close
Poland's Iga Swiatek in action.(REUTERS)
Poland's Iga Swiatek in action.(REUTERS)

French Open winner Swiatek beats Bencic in Adelaide final

AP, Adelaide
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 03:39 PM IST
The 19-year-old Polish player did not drop a set in five matches and lost just 22 games all week.
Close
Aditi Ashok in action(Getty Images)
Aditi Ashok in action(Getty Images)

Aditi ensures weekend action at Gainbridge LPGA

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 02:52 PM IST
With rounds of 74 and 71, Aditi is now T-57 as Lydia Ko, playing at her home course club, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club continued to lead, reaching 10-under after 36 holes.
Close
Photo of Indian men's hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh(The Hockey India/Twitter)
Photo of Indian men's hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh(The Hockey India/Twitter)

Matches against quality teams great opportunity to test ourselves: Sreejesh

PTI, Krefeld
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:28 PM IST
After a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian men's team, ranked No. 4 in the world, will play against world No. 6 Germany in the first of their 4-match tour of Europe starting on Sunday.
Close
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Manchester City - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - February 17, 2021 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola before the match Pool via REUTERS/Michael Regan(Pool via REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Manchester City - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - February 17, 2021 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola before the match Pool via REUTERS/Michael Regan(Pool via REUTERS)

City's Guardiola is the Heston Blumenthal of football says Moyes

Reuters, London'
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 10:13 AM IST
British celebrity chef Blumenthal is well known for his creative concoctions, which include unusual culinary delights like snail porridge and bacon and egg flavoured ice cream.
Close
Mairaj Ahmad Khan (IND) of India competes as Luigi Lodde (ITA) of Italy watches. Khan failed to qualify for the skeet final. ((REUTERS))
Mairaj Ahmad Khan (IND) of India competes as Luigi Lodde (ITA) of Italy watches. Khan failed to qualify for the skeet final. ((REUTERS))

Indian men's skeet team wins bronze in ISSF World Cup

PTI, Cairo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 09:26 AM IST
The Indians beat the Kazakhstan team of David Pochivalov, Eduard Yechshenko and Alexandr Mukhamediyev 6-2 in the bronze medal match on the third competition day of the International Shooting Sport Federation tournament.
Close
FILE PHOTO: Tiger Woods.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tiger Woods.(REUTERS)

Tiger Woods in recovery after additional 'procedures'

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 08:18 AM IST
Woods' Twitter account posted Friday evening, "Tiger has moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and received follow-up procedures on his injuries this morning. The procedures were successful, and he is now recovering and in good spirits.
Close
Tiger Woods, of the United States, plays his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the US Open Golf Championship.(AP File Photo )
Tiger Woods, of the United States, plays his shot from the fourth tee during the second round of the US Open Golf Championship.(AP File Photo )

Tiger Woods recovering, in 'good spirits' after follow-up procedures

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 07:37 AM IST
Tiger Woods was being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following the crash on Tuesday, which left him with a fractured right leg and shattered ankle.
Close
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang(Pool via REUTERS)
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang(Pool via REUTERS)

Aubameyang getting close to his best for Arsenal says Arteta

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:54 PM IST
The 31-year-old Aubameyang scored twice, including a late winner, as Arsenal beat Benfica 3-2 on Thursday and 4-3 on aggregate to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.
Close
Sevilla sporting director Monchi(La Liga)
Sevilla sporting director Monchi(La Liga)

We have got a very good structure of scouting and data at Sevilla: Monchi

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:39 PM IST
Engineers, mathematicians and statisticians contribute to choosing players, says one of football’s best sporting directors
Close
NorthEast United FC defeat Kerala Blasters 2-0(Twitter)
NorthEast United FC defeat Kerala Blasters 2-0(Twitter)

NorthEast United qualify for playoffs with best-ever league finish

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:24 PM IST
Needing just a point to qualify for their second-ever playoffs, the Highlanders showed no signs of stopping as they attacked from the first whistle.
Close
File photo of Neymar(REUTERS)
File photo of Neymar(REUTERS)

Neymar injury return on schedule, says PSG boss Pochettino

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:00 PM IST
The Brazil international has been sidelined since limping off the pitch on Feb. 10 in a French Cup game against Caen, which ruled him out of PSG's Champions League last-16 first leg against Barcelona.
Close
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson: File Photo(Pool via REUTERS)
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson: File Photo(Pool via REUTERS)

Liverpool boss Klopp hopes Henderson will be fit for season run-in

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:56 PM IST
England midfielder Henderson, who has been deputising in Liverpool's injury-ravaged defence, sustained the injury during Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Everton in the Premier League.
Close
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola(Pool via REUTERS)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola(Pool via REUTERS)

Manchester City's Guardiola hails West Ham resurgence under Moyes

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:51 PM IST
City are in a purple patch of their own having won their 19th straight game in all competitions by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday but, Guardiola said he was not targeting records.
Close
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Southampton - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - February 2, 2021 Manchester United's Anthony Martial Pool via REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files(Pool via REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Southampton - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - February 2, 2021 Manchester United's Anthony Martial Pool via REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files(Pool via REUTERS)

Solskjaer backs goal-shy Martial to fire again for Man United

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:45 PM IST
Martial was United's top scorer with 23 goals in all competitions last season but has found the net just seven times so far this term.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP