Manchester United and City for the Europa League final, Gareth Barry
Both, Manchester United and Manchester City performed poorly in the Champions League this season. However, United had the easiest jobs where they had to pass through mediocre teams in their group stage. On the other hand City tried in vain to survive their group of death. It is unfair to compare their progress in Champions League, nonetheless both clubs made an ungraceful exit after the group stages of the competition.
United and City’s rivalry continued to grow after their brief stint in Champions League. Their intense competition in the English Premier League further increased the animosity of the affair. City is still positioned on top of the league but United is still breathing down their necks, just two points away.
Both English outfits are now searching for success in Europa League too. Manchester City’s centre midfielder, Gareth Barry is relishing in hopes of playing against Eastlands’ archrivals in the final of the tournament. Barry expressed the desire to play against the nemesis of the Rising Blue Moon, saying it would be a match that would decide which club has been better in Europe.
Barry won’t have to wait that long for a chance to play against Manchester United, because the Blues are scheduled to play against the Red Devils in the middle of April. Nevertheless, the England midfielder cannot help but feel the impact City would make if they defeat Manchester United in the final of Europa League.
“They are always fantastic games and if that means us getting to the Europa League final and meeting them [Manchester United] then it would be a fantastic day,” Barry said.
“There's still a lot of football to be played but it would be a fantastic occasion.
“When we came out of the Champions League and into the Europa League the manager made it clear that he wants to win it and that's where we are at the moment.”
Barry also talked about the intense Premier League battle between United and City. Barry said that he expected City to win the league race with their rivals. However, Barry was cautious enough to give United a chance to win too. Barry explained that the league race was more than just the Premier League clash between the Manchester giants at the Etihad Stadium in April.
“It is set up brilliantly especially with our game against them but there is so much football in between that so we have to concentrate on ourselves,” Barry commented.
“We've not been winning games expecting [United] to slip up, we are winning games because we know we have to. We have to solely concentrate on ourselves as we know that they won't slip up.”