(CNN)Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, two of England’s fiercest football rivals have put aside past resentment to help those affected by the virus. Manchester United and Manchester City — who both play in the Premier League — announced on Saturday that they are donating a combined $117,000 (£100,000) to help food banks in the Greater Manchester area. Food banks have been facing increased demand because of the spread of the disease. And the “City United” scheme hopes to alleviate some of those strains. “We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local food banks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus,” the clubs said in a joint statement. “At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United.”The food banks in the Manchester area usually collect a large proportion of their donations on match days for Manchester City and Manchester United. But that source of donations — collected by MCFC Fans Foodbank Support outside of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium and MUFC Fans Foodbank outside Manchester United’s Old Trafford —


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