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Manchester United block Amazon film crew filming Man City behind the scenes at Old Trafford for documentary

Jose Mourinho (left) and Pep Guardiola go head to head on Sunday. CREDIT: REUTERS
Jose Mourinho (left) and Pep Guardiola go head to head on Sunday. CREDIT: REUTERS
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Manchester United have rejected a request from Man City to allow a documentary film crew behind-the-scenes access at Old Trafford during the Manchester derby on Sunday.

City are four months into a £10 million, season-long series produced by Amazon Prime - to be shown next autumn - charting their second campaign under Pep Guardiola. City wanted to use the Old Trafford footage of the derby for the documentary.

However, all request have been rejected by United, meaning exclusive and intimate moments from arguably the biggest game of the season will not be captured on film.

It is a move that could be considered points scoring, but United insist they have been inundated with requests for the game, including 23 television rights holders - 19 of which are foreign broadcasters - and feel the tunnel area is becoming too cramped already without trying to accommodate cameras from a company that is not even one of the Premier League's broadcast partners.

The BBC reports that Man Utd rejected a request a number of years ago from an unnamed club wanting similar access.

Although Amazon will not be allowed cameras into Old Trafford's inner sanctum, they are believed to have a station pitch side to shoot footage.

Nevertheless, it is a blow to City as they look to document the enormous hype and emotion surrounding Sunday's game. Victory would see Guardiola's men move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

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