Ask a young United fan, and he may well say Chelski or, if he’s a bit older, Arsenal.
Most followers would say Liverpool, for reasons we all understand.
But the seniors, the ones whose red history stretches back decades, the ones who can remember when Liverpool were in the old Division 2 (and they started the 60s there) would say City. It’s not just about success on the field, or about foreign owners, or about debt, it’s tribal. They are the tribe that lost its head, the ones who come from the same Mancunian stock but went wrong.
So beating City is always a pleasure. Beating them home and away is better (perhaps we should get some commemorative coffee mugs made) but doing it in the last minute is the cherry on the icing on the cake.
And here is Number 3 out of the 10 main reasons why we love United. Neville-Evans-Gibson-Fletcher-Giggs-Scholes. Six players who came up through the juniors, all starting the game. How many other Premiership clubs could equal that? Not one.
Not much noise from the neighbours today, I think.