Manchester United and Manchester City may dominate, but there are eight professional football teams in Greater Manchester. Britain's second-biggest conurbation, of 2.5 million, is a football city that also boasts numerous semi-professional sides playing to average home crowds as high as the 2,000 that attend the games of FC United of Manchester, the breakaway club that formed after the Glazer takeover of Manchester United in 2005. They're about to move into their own new, £6.3 million, 5,000-seat...
Joe Hart believes that Manchester City teammate Sergio Aguero eclipses even Barcelona star Lionel Messi as the best striker he has ever faced.
Messi described Hart as a "phenomenon" following the goalkeeper's recent performance when the two came up against each other in the Champions League.
Hart managed to restrict Barcelona to just one goal at the Camp Nou in their round-of-16 second leg clash last week, making a string of saves that kept the score down to 1-0 prevented the tie from being settled...
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has said Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are possible destinations for in-demand Paulo Dybala and Franco Vazquez.
The striker and the midfielder are both expected to leave the Serie A club at the end of the season, with Zamparini admitting Palermo are unlikely to keep either.
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has insisted that he does not listen to the club's critics.
City look increasingly likely to relinquish their Premier League crown to Chelsea -- they are six points behind and have played a game more -- and face a trophyless season after being knocked out of three cup competitions.
But Belgium international Kompany said he pays no attention to those questioning City's campaign as pressure on boss Manuel Pellegrini mounts.
He told The Sun: "If you win...
Manuel Pellegrini might have arrived in England with the moniker of The Engineer, but signs are he will need the intricate skills of Isambard Kingdom Brunel this summer to get Manchester City firing again.
With a summer season of wheeling and dealing in front of them all, the Premier League big spenders will already have begun the long process of drawing up targets, having them followed, scrutinised and reported on, and putting together shortlists of whom they see as their ideal purchases.