Man City vs Man United is ‘THE’ game of this Premier League weekend as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rejuvenated men travel to Etihad to take on Pep Guardiola’s Blues in the Manchester Derby.
Languishing on the 6th spot in the Premier League (and a record 11 points behind their neighbors after just 15 games played), Man United registered an impressive 2-1 win over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in the midweek to strengthen their case for the top 4 spots.
Meanwhile, Manchester City have struggled uncharacteristically after failing to register a win in successive league games since the start of November 2019.
However, a 4-1 win against Burnley in midweek should hold them in good stead as they fight to catch Liverpool at the top spot.
Man City vs Man United, Team News
Man City continues to struggle with the defensive issues as Aymeric Laporte remains absent with a long-term injury, as does Leroy Sane.
Sergio Aguero is still a week away from returning with a thigh injury, while, Oleksandr Zinchenko could be available after going under the knife for a knee injury in October.
The good news for Guardiola is definitely the return of Ilkay Gundogan who missed the midweek game against Burnley due to suspension.
However, the midfield trio of Rodri, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne were impressive against the Clarets and they should start ahead of Gundogan on Saturday.
Man City Predicted Starting Eleven: Ederson; John Stones, Fernandinho, Benjamin Mendy; David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, Rodri; Riyadh Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling
Man United, meanwhile, have had their own injury struggles with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, all missing out due to various injury concerns.
Add to that, Anthony Martial is another one who is a major doubt against the Champions after the missing out the Spurs game due to a ‘slight injury’.
However, Nemanja Matic could yet feature for the Red Devils for the first time since October.
Man United Predicted Starting Eleven: David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams; Fred, Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay; Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James
Manchester City have had an upper hand over Manchester United as far as the recent form of both team is concerned.
Last five Premier League meetings: Man City vs Man Utd
24 April 2019: Man Utd 0-2 Man City
11 November 2018: Man City 3-1 Man Utd
7 April 2018: Man City 2-3 Man Utd
10 December 2017: Man Utd 1-2 Man City
27 April 2017: Man City 0-0 Man Utd
Players to watch
Man United- Marcus Rashford
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already admitted that the current version of Marcus Rashford is the best one he has ever seen during his time at Manchester United.
The 22-year-old was in “God Mode” against Tottenham and could have easily grabbed a hat-trick in the first half alone, however, his brace was enough for the Red Devils to see off the visiting Spurs.
The sight of Marcus Rashford cutting in from the left with his incredible speed and newfound confidence is something that the United fans have been craving for since quite some time.
The 22-year-old has the ability to cause big troubles at the Etihad and Kyle Walker will have to be alert and ready to take on the rejuvenated Rashford on Saturday.
Man City- Kevin de Bruyne
With 4 goals and 9 assists so far, there’s no doubt that Kevin de Bruyne is the current best midfielder in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old has been an immense presence for the Citizens and has been the vital link between the midfield and attack for Pep Guardiola this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man United will have to come up with an immaculate strategy to stop the Belgian’s magical creativity and clever runs if they are to contain the number of chances created in their own half.
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