Manchester City fans were less than impressed when they realised their viewing options for the derby game against Manchester United as part of their pre-season tour in the USA in the early hours of Friday morning (UK time).
Whereas a normal derby is screened on Sky Sports and is the marquee game of the weekend, it seems this one is only pre-season, and the only people to have the official rights to it are MUTV, the official home of Manchester United’s fan channel.
Meaning City fans face either streaming the game illegally and watching a rubbish link, or paying £7 to join MUTV for the month – a fate worse than many could imagine.
The game may be pre-season, but it does matter to the fans and the players, and with both sides buying big names and making sure they get their other players fit and ready for a huge Premier League season.
There may yet be more names to come in as well, with other players still targeted – but one of those will not be Alexis Sanchez, with Arsenal determined to keep the player at the club, and even risk losing him on a free.