Men's Team

Carrington today: Derby fever in the air

We've been behind the scenes to suss out the mood as the clock winds down to the big one at Old Trafford

It's press conference time, but all the passion, drama and raw excitement of the Manchester derby has not exactly translated itself to the gentlemen of the press by the looks of it. Or it could be because the Media Centre coffee machine is in the blink again.

Presser pre derby

Kit man and general legend-in-residence Les Chapman makes sure everything is in it's right place ahead of the short trip to M16.

Final Bits of kit being put in the box ready for the derby game

Kolo Toure leads the lads out of the main building at Carrington, which now looks like it has the world's biggest mobile phone mast growing out of the top.

The team head out for training pre derby

You can't tell from the photo, but Ivan Carminati has got Mario Balotelli to run along a greasy pole, laid flat, over a pit with a very long drop.

Mario gets his grove on pre derby

Some people will go to any lengths to get a photo of Carlos Tevez but club photographer Sharon Latham can get up close and personal to bring you this shot of the great man at work.

Carlos Training snapped by the paps.

Nigel de Jong really is a modern man, make no mistake, and he's quite happy to spread the love with a group hug. What a guy!

Nigel Going for a group hug in training pre derby

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