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Michael Taylor 29th Nov 2008 - 13:11

Robinho v Ronaldo United in battle

Man Utd used to be the richest club in the world but now another United has taken that mantle, Abu Dhabi United, owners of cross city rivals Man City.

Even the most die-hard City fan has to admit the past few decades have been tough, with their team constantly under-achieving while the hated enemy have flourished into a global entity.

Luckily for the blue half of Manchester, including celebrities Ricky Hatton and Liam and Noel Gallagher, times are changing and this could be the season where the green eyed monster finally shifts sides.

Trillionaire owners should ensure the Citizens sign the world's greatest talents in the coming years and, in beating Chelsea to the signature of Robinho, they have already signalled their intent.

Alex Ferguson still holds the upper hand over Mark Hughes when looking at the calibre of their respective squads, but the gap is closing and when the teams meet on Sunday afternoon the mouth-watering match-up of Robinho and Ronaldo will make all the headlines.

United are favourites, priced at 5/6 but the 7/2 about City is where the real value looks to lie given the threat posed by the attacking trio of Robinho, Shaun Wright-Phillips and, red-hot, Stephen Ireland. The draw is 12/5.

As mentioned before, this may be one of the biggest derbies of the year, but all eyes will be focussed on the two Rs, Robinho and Ronaldo, arguably the two most skilful players in the Premier League.

Robinho should be fully fit after missing the impressive UEFA Cup victory over Schalke on Thursday and, after his wonder strike against Arsenal, looks in great shape to get on the scoresheet again. At 11/4 to score anytime he looks generously priced.

Ronaldo and United have not been firing on all cylinders recently, failing to score in the last two games, and the 13/8 about the Portuguese winger to notch his ninth of the season looks a little short.

United may have the edge this time around but, come next year, things could be very different.

Man City v Man Utd from Eastlands is being shown live on Sky Sports 1 at 13:30 Sunday 30 November and throughout the game we will be offering a range of in play markets.

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