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Police commuter warning:Exceptional volume of people in Manchester tonight

Police want it to be a 'safe and enjoyable' night Credit: PA

Police are warning people to expect long delays on their commute home from Manchester tomorrow evening ahead of Man City's match against Feyenoord.

In addition to the usual rush hour, we have the large crowds enjoying the Christmas Markets, there is a major concert at the Arena and we welcome thousands of Feyenoord fans who will base themselves around Shambles Square.

“At around 5pm, it is planned that approximately 3,000 Feyenoord supporters will be escorted to the Etihad Stadium.

Commuters and motorists need to plan their journeys to take into account the exceptional volume of people.

We are confident that we can showcase all that is great about our city and ensure everyone visiting can do so in a safe and enjoyable manner.”

– Chief Superintendent John O’Hare Gold Commander Man City v Feyenoord match

WATCH: Nikita commits her future to Man City

Nikita Parris Credit: Granada Reports

Manchester City have won every game they've played this season, so little wonder that one of their star players - Nikita Parris - has committed her future to the club.

Chris Hall went to meet her.


Sergio Aguero becomes City's all-time record goalscorer

Sergio Aguero Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Manchester City have a new all-time record goalscorer in Sergio Aguero.

Goal number 178 came in last night's four-two win over Napoli, which booked City's place in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

It lifted him above Eric Brook whose record had stood for 78 years.

He's made quite an impression since arriving in Manchester six years ago.

No-one will forget the goal he scored in injury time on the last day of the season to clinch the Premier League title in 2012.

Sadly, we're not allowed to show that. But we can show these.

Six-year-old Manchester City fan predicts 7-2 score

When Manchester City put seven past Stoke at the Etihad there can't have been many people who predicted the number of Blues goals - let along the exact result.

But six-year-old Noah Timperley did just that.While bookmakers Betfred thought the 7-2 scoreline was highly unlikely, listing it at 200/1, Cannon Burrows Primary School pupil Noah thought it was the most obvious result.

Noah, a season ticket holder from Ashton, went to the game with his dad Marlon and paid a visit to the family fun day at the CFA before kick off.One of the pre-match activities was for the children to write down what they thought the score would be and while other fans went for more reserved scores, Noah predicted 7-2.His dad said: "When I saw what he had written I thought 'well that's a waste of time!' What a bonkers result to choose."But I can understand why he picked it. This is his first season as a season ticket holder and he's already seen us win 5-0 twice so he was just building on that."

Six-year-old Noah Timperley Credit: MEN syndication


Guardiola believes League Cup is a waste of energy

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes English clubs might be better without the "wasted energy" of a League Cup campaign.

The Spaniard echoed the view expressed by United counterpart Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, when the Portuguese suggested the domestic game could perhaps "survive or even be better without this competition", which United won last season.

Guardiola, like most managers, made major changes for the midweek cup win over West Brom and is poised to switch back to a first-choice XI for the visit of Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

There were eight alterations to the team sheet for the game against the Baggies compared to the team which thrashed Watford last weekend, with City facing a hectic schedule which includes games against Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea before the end of the month.

"Business is business, but we have a lot of games," Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday ahead of the Palace match.

"If you have to play the competition you have to play the competition, but it is a title that when you win it is okay, but after that people don't give too much credit.

"You don't promote to go to international competitions. The prize is good when you win another one, but you waste a lot of energy.

"You can't imagine going to play Tony Pulis teams at West Bromwich Albion, play 90 minutes there in those conditions, and then after three or four hours - bus, come back, three days later Crystal Palace, three days later Shakhtar Donetsk, three or four days later Stamford Bridge.

"For the managers it is a lot of wasted energy, but we knew that before, so it is not a complaint in those terms. If we have to play we have to play."

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