The Manchester Derby will not just be any derby this season. Manchester United and Manchester City meet at Old Trafford this Sunday in the most anticipated match in recent Premier League history.
There is just 7 point difference between Manchester United and Manchester City. A victory for either team could give them huge advantage moving forward in the Premier League season. A victory for the city could virtually assure them the title, a defeat could just spice up league title race.
This will be the fourth meeting of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho in the English football, with each winning one of the first three matches. The previous meeting between these two ended in 0-0 draw. We surely cannot expect 0-0 goal this time around considering firepower and amazing form the attacking players have in these two teams.
A victory for City will put them in the record books. They will set a record for most consecutive wins in a season of the premier league. It will be a historic achievement if they able to achieve that, they have been in excellent form and playing the best football in the premier league.
Manchester United and Manchester City are dominating Premier League this season and neutral fans can expect a fabulous football match. The match has been billed as one of the biggest Manchester Derby and this could live up to all the billings.
Manchester United Team News
Manchester United (3-1-4-2): De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Rojo; Matic; Valencia, Lingard, Herrera, Young; Lukaku, Martial
Romelu Lukaku is struggling to get on the scoresheet and started to face ire of the fans. A good 90 minutes tonight can bring back the faith of the fans in the Belgium International.
Pogba will be a big miss for the Manchester United, a red card against Arsenal was a big blow for the United fans. His presence in the middle of the park would have been instrumental.
Matic will be the key player in the absence of the Pogba. The Serbian will have to be at his best to provide stability in the midfield against a team like City.
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, D.Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Sané
The city suffered their first defeat of the season this week against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. A lot of the first team regulars were rested in the match. Kevin De Bruyne will make his return to the line up along with Rahim Sterling.
The two have a season of their life, both will be fresh after getting prolonged rest and will be itching to play against Manchester United. Gabriel Jesus may start the match from the bench, he is an impact player and can produce magic in the last few minutes of the match.
Prediction: Manchester United 1 – 2 Manchester City
The form favors the flamboyance of the Manchester City, the citizens are in red-hot form. It will be a tight match at Old Trafford, a battle of two best tacticians in the world.