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    cross-town rivals

    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "cross-town rivals" in:

    [Carlos Tévez from cross-town rivals Manchester United for 25 million…]

    They were talking about "Man City" before that.

    Now, what is the meaning of "cross-town rivals" and why is "rivals" if it refers to "a" club????

    Thanks.

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    Re: cross-town rivals

    Manchester City and Manchester United are two Premier League teams from the same city. Cross-town means from different parts of the city. They are rivals (that's a mild word to describe their relationship, actually; they are bitter adversaries).

    A football club is usually thought of as a plural word - a group of individuals - so rivals is used, not rival.

    Rover

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