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SUP FOR THE CUP; City united as Manchester toasts trophy double.


THE two clubs have endured decades of intense rivalry but Manchester was a city united yesterday.

Ear-to-ear grins and more than a few hangovers were much in evidence on both sides of the city's football divide as the celebrations for the historic double day showed no sign of coming to an end.

Reds fans started their party on Saturday afternoon outside Old Trafford after a Wayne Rooney equaliser secured United the point they needed to win their recordbreaking 19th league title.

Blues fans gathered two hours later at their Eastlands home after midfielder Yaya Toure helped City to a 1-0 win over Stoke in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. For City it ended a 35-year wait for a trophy and meant both major domestic competitions were taken by England's north-west metropolis.

And the good times soon spread all over the city as fans partied.

The streets were bright with club colours yesterday as everyone from grans going shopping in club scarves to toddlers in replica tracksuits proudly showed their support.

There were also plenty of United and City strips in evidence at the 10k Great Manchester Run yesterday, where many of the 40,000 competitors and 100,000 spectators made sure that everyone knew which team they followed.

United supporter John Corless, 44, from New Moston, said: "There has always been fierce rivalry but it is great for the city. Manchester is the world's football capital."

And lifelong City fan Bill Edwards, 60, said: "We've waited a long, long time but this is just the start of greater things."

City supporter rock singer Liam Gallagher said after the Cup Final: "It was a great day out, I was very nervous but it's all come good again. I've supported them for 35 years of my life. Come on, City!" And Johnny Marr, former guitarist for The Smiths, took to Twitter to say: "Good times at Wembley. Congratulations to all Mancunians today."

United striker Wayne Rooney released a picture of him and wife Coleen, tweeting: "Me and Col celebrating. Yeah."

City will hold an open top bus parade on Monday, May 23 and United will parade their trophy a week later on Monday, May 30.

The Reds take on Barcelona in the Champions League final two days earlier but the club has decided to stage a parade even if they lose the match and have only the one trophy to show.

So will the new peace and good humour last until August, when the clubs contest the season's curtainraiser at Wembley?

Voice of the Mirror: Page 8


TOAST Edin Dzeko and Shaun Wright-Phillips TWEET Rooneys celebrate ON THE TOWN United players prepare to party WINNERS City's 10k run SHEEr jOyJ City stars Joe Hart and Micah Richards (centre and right) with FA Cup Minogue's partner Kris Smith
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:May 16, 2011
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