In the latest issue of our magazine we asked what Manchester City fans thought of what was happening at our two clubs and football in general.

This popular feature sees us each month question a fan of another club and it rarely fails to produce plenty of debate.

In the current issue we asked City fan Anthony Murray and below are a couple of questions & answers featured in the New Mag, as well as the stuff we couldn’t fit in the magazine.

To read the full interview the New Mag is available in our online shop for only £3 plus postage.

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Pardew ‘Talking’ To Pellegrini

It’s only good business when you actually replace your best player that you sell days before deadline day. I slightly sympathise but then I look at the league table and forget all about it. Seems to be a pattern emerging with regards selling your best player in late January and not replacing them. Your club is only interested in staying in the Premier League, I can see you having a very poor second half of the season and doubt you will pay up and buy Remy in the summer.

You seem to have a few problems trying to beat Sunderland, any worries for your League Cup final?

I would rather play yourselves, is it 8-0 on aggregate this season in the three games? I’m not worried at the moment, we are one of the best teams on the planet and this is our 6th time in 3 years at Wembley so the players will be used to the experience. For some reason, we still have the hoodoo at the Stadium of Light where we lose 1-0.

Can you see anything wrong with effectively a state owning a football club, as it is in Man City’s case?

No, as the state don’t own the club, it’s the ruler of the country with a private interest in ourselves. Our owner made over £1 billion in 5 months trading Barclays shares during the financial crisis so why shouldn’t he be allowed to invest in what he wants, it’s his money.

Do you accept that the Tiote ‘goal’ should have stood?

I did while watching the game but after checking the rules out, interfering with play is classed as clearly obstructing the keeper’s line of vision or movement, which Gouffran was. Besides that you wouldn’t have won anyway.

Forgetting you are a Manchester City fan for a second, do you think football is better now or when you first started going to matches?

The quality of football now is not even comparable, the standard has gone up so much over the years since the start of the Premier League. I would say atmosphere has changed for the worse though with all seater stadiums but attendances have grown with more families going to the games so it’s a vicious circle. Bringing some safe standing areas should be looked at in the future.

If you had to guess, how many ‘fans’ do you think have now converted from Man Utd to Man City?

Anyone that has done this isn’t a ‘fan’, they’re a follower. Maybe followers in foreign countries have swapped but any United fans turning up at our place would be laughed out of the ground.

Do you think Alan Pardew was out of order with his comments to Pellegrini or is it just all good clean fun?

Calling someone an ‘old c***’ isn’t clean fun, and was totally out of order. It appears Pardew seems to have a history of this and is trying to make himself into what I call a ‘popular’ manager, like Redknapp and Allardyce, who get job after job even after failing at clubs because they have a certain reputation. I can guarantee though Pardew wouldn’t have said a word to Mancini as he would have decked him.

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