Date:19th July 2011 at 1:49am
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Manchester City Vancouver

Vancouver prepares for the arrival of literally hundreds of City fans

The ‘noisy neighbours’ just keep getting louder as Manchester City’s tour of North America has shown the club’s massive global appeal is now outshining that of United’s.

The FA Cup winner’s historic match against Club America’s was watched in front of a staggering 11,000 fans in San Francisco a few days ago.

City triumphed with goals from Edin Dzeko and Shaun Wright Phillips.

One onlooker said:”I’d never heard of Manchester City and at first was a tad disappointed it wasn’t United playing, however seeing Gary Coleman get on the scoresheet was a real bonus.”

While City were enthralling 11,000 spectators, United had to make do with a crowd of just over 50,000 in their game against New England Revolution.

A City insider said: “The fact that United could only manage 40,000 more fans for their US tour opener than we did just highlights how the tide is turning, City are not just a massive club, were now a really massive one.”

In another clever twist City have struck a deal with computer game manufacturers EA Sports which will see the club take a leading role in the game FIFA 12.

The Manchester Evening Blues took time off from writing ‘help-keep-Carlos-Tevez-in-a-city-he’s-shown nothing-but-contempt-for’ petitions to report: “The deal comes as it was revealed that City are now the eighth most played team in the world on Fifa 11, which it is claimed has been the fastest-selling sports game ever.”

A club insider gushed: “Being the eighth most played team on a computer game is yet another momentus chapter in the club’s history, ranking up their with the time we had the highest floodlights in England and Curly Watts’s support. It will also give us a realistic chance of Champions League glory.”

There was more good news for City fans with the confirmation that todays game against Vancouver will go ahead, despite reports it had been cancelled due to lack of interest.

A Vancouver spokesman said: “Carlos Tevez is overrated and Sergio Aguero will be a much better player for the Manchester City blue team, who are a massive club.”