Mancini wants festival of football when Manchester City face United – not demolition derby
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has urged fans of both clubs to celebrate the best of Manchester football in Sunday's FA Cup clash.
Greater Manchester Police have launched a huge initiative aimed at preventing the kind of trouble that has scarred recent derby clashes at the Etihad Stadium.
Officers will wear riot gear, an alcohol ban will be in place and the 5,700 away fans will be kept in their places long after the final whistle to get the home supporters chance to get away from the ground, reducing the potential flashpoints.
Derby day: Roberto Mancini is relishing Manchester City against United
But Mancini, who presided over that startling 6-1 win for City over Manchester United when the two clubs last met in October at Old Trafford, wants to enjoy a game that matches any rivalry in the world.
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'It is important the fans come and watch the game,' he said. 'It is a big game between two important teams.
'For the city of Manchester, it is important to have two squads like this at this moment.
'In the past there has only been one that has won everything. Now Manchester has two teams who are important, in Manchester, England and Europe. This is a good thing for the city.'