Manchester United vs. Manchester City: It is a clash that divides the city of Manchester into two halves. The two Manchester clubs will renew their rivalry on Saturday in another much-awaited Manchester Derby in this year’s Premier League. The two teams coming into the match under different circumstances, City is coming into the match after securing a win on their final Champions League group-tie and sealing the 1st spot. United, on the other hand, coming into the match after suffering a 3-2 defeat in hands of Leipzig which demoted them to the UEFA Europa League. How the team reacts after the respective result will be a key aspect of this derby.
Manchester United: Red Devils Looking to Bounce-Back
It’s not the happiest of times at Old Trafford, as United has suffered another humiliating exit from UEFA Champions League. The Red Devils will look at this match as more of a morale-booster as a win in the derby will ease the nerves in the side a bit. Manchester United. United will get a boost as Fred returns from his suspension.
Both Cavani and Martial missed the Leipzig tie due to minor injuries and are expected to return to the squad. Cavani is expected to start for Manchester United. On the other hand, all eyes will be on Paul Pogba, will he start after scoring two goals in the last two match.
Phil Jones will miss the match due to injury. Manchester United thus is mostly injury-free. Bruno Fernandes will be the key-player of the side as the Portuguese is single-handedly carrying the Red Devils in the battle of Top 4. Despite clouds on Ole’s future, he has an impressive Manchester Derby record as a manager and will look to continue that.
Expected Line Up: Manchester United
Manchester City: Pride on stake for Pep’s City
Manchester City after their surprising lack of form in the early stages of the Premier League is looking back in their groove domestically. After back-to-back victories against Burnley and Fulham, the next team is Manchester United their arch-rival. Manchester United has been a tough nut to crack for Pep in recent years, he will look to correct the stats as his team goes to Old Trafford.
Sergio Aguero is fully fit and expected to make the starting line up. The Manchester City side looks fresh after resting their key players in the dead rubber against Olympique Marseille. There is no news of any injury in the squad. Laporte and Foden have found themselves on the bench for a long part of this season and will be looking to start but the starting position looks tough for the two.
Ferran Torres will star as the super sub as Sterling and Mahrez are expected to start as the wingers. Kevin De Bruyne will be the key player for the Cityzens.
Expected Line Up: Manchester City
Head to Head Records: Who is the Dominant One?
Total Matches Played: 182
Manchester United Won: 76
Manchester City Won: 54
Current Form [League]
Manchester United: L–W–W–W–W
Manchester City: W–D–L–W–W
Interesting Facts About Manchester Derby
- Wayne Rooney is the highest score in the Manchester Derby with 11 goals to his name. Joe Hayes is the highest scorer for Manchester City in Manchester Derby with 10 goals.
- United Legend Matt Busby played for Manchester City in his playing career with 226 league appearances for City.
- Ernest Mangnall is the only manager to manage both Manchester United and Manchester City.
- The largest margin of victory in Manchester Derby is 1-6 in favour of Manchester City.
- The two clubs have 92 trophies combined over the years.
Players to Watch Out For
- Kevin De Bruyne
- Bruno Fernandes
- Sergio Aguero
- Edinson Cavani
- Riyad Mahrez
- Marcus Rashford
Manchester United vs. Manchester City is not only a match but the battle between two of the most well decorated clubs in England. The once noisy-neighbours Manchester City are now the mainstay of Manchester’s Glory, the once all-conquering United will look to assert their authority over their rivals. Its the battle between the biggest of club of England in form of Manchester United and the challengers Manchester United. Only time will tell who will the match.
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