Manchester derby rivalry put to the side for basketball stunt

Net gains for Manchester pair as rivalry's put to the side by Johnson and Jones

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14:22 GMT, 27 April 2012

Come Monday night, we'll have an almost definite idea of the destination of this year's Premier League title after the Manchester derby.

Fans of the two clubs will be in the lockdown over the weekend, preparing themselves for what is being touted as the biggest clash between City and United in a generation. Friendships will be tested, families will be divided and work places will be a battleground for debate.

In a spin: Phil Jones and Adam Johnson club together to promote basketball

In a spin: Phil Jones and Adam Johnson club together to promote basketball

In a spin: Phil Jones and Adam Johnson club together to promote basketball

But it seems two of the players didn't get the memo, and are carrying on like it's just another round of fixtures.

In the blue corner, Adam Johnson, and in the red is his England international team-mate Phil Jones, the pair laughing and joking as they undertook a series of little competitions involving a different kind of ball, a basketball.

Let battle commence: The Manchester derby is likely to decide the title destination

Let battle commence: The Manchester derby is likely to decide the title destination

The stunt was part of the promotion for the upcoming basketball tournament at the Manchester Evening News Arena, the showpiece of which is a meeting between the USA and Great Britain's Olympic teams.

As well as the titanic clash between nations, the USA will also play Dominican Republic, Spain, Argentina and Brazil as part of their preparations for London 2012.

To celebrate what is a huge event for basketball fans in Britain, Jones and Johnson undertook a selection of stunts, with the United man excelling in the finger spinning. Is it an omen