Manchester United face Manchester City in a premier league clash at Old Trafford on Saturday, with kick off at 17:30pm GMT.
The match will be the 183rd time the two sides have met. The Red Devils sit a place and a point above their local rivals with both teams having still played a game less than the other teams.
United go in to the game following a group stage Champions League exit after a 3-2 loss to Leipzig in Germany. Solskjaer’s side needed just a point from their last two games to go through to the knockout stages of the competition but failed disappointingly.
City however progressed to the last-16 as group winners, amassing 16 points from their 6 group stage matches.
In the league, both teams began their campaigns slowly but have started to click into top gear with United winning each of their last four games and City having also picked up impressive victories in recent weeks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Unitedly beat Manchester City in both league meetings between the sides last season. However, United’s home form this season has not been great, picking up just four points from a possible 15 this season.
Manchester City have also won just once on the road in the league since their opening game of the campaign. However, Guardiola’s men are beginning to find some sort of consistency with Tottenham being the only team to beat them in their last 15 games across all competitions, while victory over Fulham last weekend secured back-to-back Premier League wins for the very first time this season.
The Citizens also scored as many goals in their last two league outings as they had in their previous seven combined.
Both sides go into the game on the back of an erratic campaign so far and the clash at Old Trafford will be one to keep an eye on.
Anthony Martial is in line to make a return after missing the trip to Germany through injury. Edinson Cavani is unlikely to feature after he picked up a knock in last weekend’s victory at West Ham.
Fred will return from European suspension after he missed the game in midweek following a red card he picked up against Paris Saint-Germain. Luke Shaw returned from injury to play the first 60 minutes in the defeat against Leipzig and is in line to feature in this game.
Predicted line-up (5-3-2): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.
Sergio Aguero returned from injury to score in the midweek 3-0 Champions League victory over Marseille but Guardiola has already ruled out handing him a start so soon after his return.
Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ruben Dias, Ederson and Benjamin Mendy are among the other players who will likely come back into the starting lineup for this match after the were rested for the game in midweek.
Ilkay Gundogan was withdrawn, but only as a precaution, with an ankle injury, Indeed, it was later confirmed Gundogan has trained ahead of the weekend but defender Eric Garcia has been ruled out for two or three weeks.
Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.
Prediction: Man United 2-1 Man City
Man United’s home form this season has not been great while Man City’s away record is not exactly outstanding either. However, we expect United to see this game as the perfect opportunity to respond from their elimination from the Champions League and it will be no surprise to see the Red Devils come away with the win to boost the mood at the club.
- Manchester United to win (Odds – 4/1)
- Both teams to score ( Odds – 11/8)
- Bruno Fernandes to score ( Odds – 11/2)