Updated: Sunday, 23rd November 2014 @ 3:56pm

Piccadilly Pulse: Will the city centre be a safe place to be on Monday night after the Manchester derby?

Piccadilly Pulse: Will the city centre be a safe place to be on Monday night after the Manchester derby?

By Kevin Benson

With the Premier League title race sprinting to an epic conclusion, Manchester City host arch rivals Manchester United in what promises to be an almighty encounter.

Due to the Manchester Marathon taking place on Sunday, the game has been moved to Monday night, raising safety concerns in and around the city centre before and after the game.

MM took to the street to see whether people felt the city centre will be a safe place to be:

Will the city centre be a safe place to be on Monday night?

Options Results
Yes 31%
No 62%
Maybe 6%

 

Lee Walker, Quality Assurance Consultant, 25, Salford:

“I work for a security company looking after alarms for businesses and we are expecting a high number of calls on Monday night.”

Donna Harvie, Florist, 37, Stockport:

“It all starts off lovely but always end up in chaos.”

Altaf Goga, Newsagent, 34, Bolton:

“We work next to a pub so we always see trouble, especially if Man Utd and Man City are playing. As Muslims we sometimes deal with abuse but when the football is on and people are drunk the abuse is much worse.”

Paul Wheatcroft, Head of Media at Manchester College, 50, Hulme:

The city centre is not as safer place as it used to be, however I don’t like going into the centre at night.”

Colin Warburton, Welder fabricator, 55, Stockport:

“I think it will be policed properly. With plenty of police about it will be just as safe as when any other match is taking place here.”

Mark, 40, Newton Heath:

“It will be a battleground, guaranteed.”

Nicola and Olivia, charity recruitment consultants, 24 an 22, Chorlton:

“People will definitely be more cautious but there will be a lot of police around. Normally on derby day there is enough police around to keep things under control.”

Joe, taxi driver, 40, Salford:

“They will be on the beers all day, they will be back in the pubs after, and something is bound to kick off. It always does, every derby day.”