The Manchester derby, between Manchester United and Manchester City has been one of the more fiery derby matchups in recent years ever since the oil barons for UAE took ownership of Manchester City.
I remember being in Batu Pahat during Hari Raya holidays more than 7 years ago watching as the blue team led by Mark Hughes put up a show against Ferguson's United, eventually losing in a 4-3 thriller? I remember Craig Bellamy scoring a brace.
Despite throwing it all away halfway through that season, with Mark Hughes getting sacked in December, the players bought at the start (Carlos Tevez, Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor the big names) were a clear indication that their owners were intent on turning Manchester City into a potent force. Today Manchester City are now regulars at the top of the Premier League table, the ‘noisy neighbours’, so to speak.
Manchester United on the other hand, have yet to be able to claim they’ve achieved an acceptable level of stabilisation ever since Alex Ferguson retired after the 2012/2013 season, which incidentally was the last time they won the Premier League. They’ve managed to continue fighting near the top, but have not yet reached the level of consistency required to go all the way.
But that matchup isn’t on this weekend, is it? It’s next Friday. Both teams still have a match to play this weekend first, Manchester United face Burnley while Manchester City face Arsenal.
Alright, let’s move on then.
So Ballr and Stadium Astro had already announced yesterday the blockbuster prize where the topscorer of this weekend you can win a trip to watch a match of your choice next season.
So, in the spirit of things, a few things to remember;
1. Passport renewal fee:
RM200. At least renewal shouldn’t be a problem now, I remember the problems Immigration had last year. I was shuttling from one immigration counter to another, from Shah Alam, Kelana Jaya, Pudu in the wee hours of the morning trying to renew my kid's passport. At one point I even considered driving down to Seremban!
. Make sure you’re not banned from leaving the country. I can’t imagine how frustrated it must be when people get all psyched up for a trip for weeks only to get stopped permanently at the immigration counters before departure.
Make sure you’ve got sufficient warm clothing. I know in Manchester it’s supposed to be spring right now but we’re looking at 11 degrees celcius over there! My mother’s famous for underestimating the weather until she actually gets there. Don’t make the same mistake, or get ready to fork out for clothes that would be cheaper if you had prepared better.
Wait, I said Manchester again. Why on earth, am I not a Liverpool fan? Wherefore comes this obsession? And I mentioned spring RIGHT NOW, not next year. What is going on?
Those who are on the Ballr Malaysia Facebook page will have noticed me posting a few random posts. An Oasis song, stats on the City of Manchester, the need to play Ballr on Sunday, and checking to make sure you’re not blacklisted by immigration.
Well, Ballr and Stadium Astro have a crazy prize for the Burnley – Manchester United match for Malaysia. Follow Manchester United, get the top score and win a trip to watch the Manchester derby next Friday.
I KID YOU NOT.
See you Sunday night! All the best!
p.s.: And for those of you who didn’t see the connection, Oasis hail from Manchester! <wink>