The announcement by Manchester City that the club has signed a deal to rename Eastlands as the Etihad Stadium sparked claims from football fans that the Blues had unwittingly scored an own goal.
Fans on social media sites claimed that the word 'Etihad' translates from Arabic to 'United' in English meaning that City fans would effectively be filing into a ground carrying the name of their greatest rivals.
Twitter user James Mutegi was one of many who tweeted on the subject, writing: "Manchester City...So Etihad is'United' in Arabic. Etihad Stadium = United Stadium. #mcfc"
Another was Marcello Nobrega, who tweeted: "Man City new stadium to be called 'Etihad Stadium'. Ironic that Etihad means United in Arabic" while Liam Gabard added: "Etihad in Arabic means United. So that means Manchester City! Are playing in the United Stadium... Good one.. (Y)"
Speaking at the Manchester City press conference, James Hogan, of Etihad Airways, said the correct translation of Etihad from Arabic was 'Union'.
However, this failed to settle the debate, with a user on the MEN's live blog called 'Jon' writing: "union ,unity, united its all the same mate".
The MEN contacted Mohammed Nizami, at the Manchester City council translation service in the town hall, who said the correct translation for Etihad was 'Unity'.
But when asked if the word could also mean 'United' he consulted an arabic dictionary and said: "Yes, it can also stand for union, alliance, friendship and united."
Paul Tate, who is in charge of the Middle Eastern collection at the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library, said: "It's not quite a clear answer. Different Arabic speakers will give you a different answer.
"Etihad doesn't literally translate as united, but it implies it at the same time.It's a noun that means unison, union or alliance.
"But United is an adjective, so the word for that would be Mutthid. For example, if you were saying Manchester United, you would say Manchester al-Mutthid.
"I'm sure this debate will ruffle a few feathers. I'm a Scouser anyway so it's just amusing to me."
But Yusuf Bagail, from the Alfikr Arabic School at the Yemeni Community Association in Salford, said: "It does mean 'united' in Arabic. It means, literally, 'united'."