In perhaps one of the biggest games of the season, Manchester United will play Manchester City for the 178th time as the Red Devils host the reigning champions at Old Trafford, in Manchester, on Wednesday night (IST).
What competition it is? Premier League
Teams: Manchester United and Manchester City
Kick Off: Thursday 25 April
Match Timing: 12:30 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Old Trafford (76,000)
TV Info: Star Network has the rights to broadcast Premier League matches in India. While the premier members can also catch the action on Hotstar App.
The Derbies don't come that big. There may but not that often. There is a lot at stake here.
For Manchester United, it's a small matter of restoring some pride which was hurt big time by the 4-0 mauling at the hands of Everton. They need a response. The players need to show what it means to pull this shirt on and over their shoulder. The manager needs a win to prove that he can stare in the eyes of one of the best managers in the current era.
For Manchester City, the whole season is at stake here. They need a win, perhaps more than their hosts and noisy neighbors. For even a draw would feel like a chastening defeat as one point won't be enough to usurp Liverpool from the summit of the Premier League table.
United have some scores to settle here, at Old Trafford. The famous ground, The Theater of Dreams and the once fortress, holds no sway over the Cityzens.
City boss Pep Guardiola said that a visit to Old Trafford is not “Scary” anymore.
“I don’t make theories about what happened in the past for what is going to happen in the future. Every game is completely different,” he said.
“The reason why is the fact this club in the last decade grew a lot and it is not scary to go there. Before it was maybe more difficult. The players Manchester City had in the last decade have made this game a little bit more equal.”
Indeed that could be the case as the Sky Blues have lost just once in the last seven visits to Old Trafford.
While his counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows the importance of this game. For United are chasing the Champions Legaue football for the next season. They are sixth on the table, only three points behind Chelsea on the table.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Manchester United – W L L W L L
Manchester City – W W W W L W
MCI vs MUN Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Manchester United vs Manchester City Team News:
Injured – Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia will both miss the home clash against Manchester City.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Phil Jones could be replaced at the back after he picked up an injury against Everton.
While Ander Herrera could feature for United for the first time in four weeks after recovering from a thigh injury.
Note: Luke Shaw is available after suspension, and is a sure starter at the left-back. So Victor Lindelof should start at the center-back position alongside Chris Smalling.
Key Players – Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
Injured – Kevin de Bruyne may be out for the rest of the season after picking up a hamstring injury in the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
“Unfortunately it was one injury, another one, another one,” Guardiola said. “Muscular problems – he (de Bruyne) had two or three. In England, you don’t have time to make preparations.”
Back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will also miss the game due to the lack of match fitness.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Other than de Bruyne, Pep has a healthy squad at his disposal. There is a competition for places, especially at left back and the center-back positions respectively.
Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko are both fit and healthy and will be pushing for a start at the left-back.
Key Players – Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling
MCI vs MUN Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Manchester United– De Gea (GK), Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, McTominay, Pogba, Lingard, Martial, Rashford
Manchester City– Ederson (GK), Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, Fernandinho, D Silva, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero
MCI vs MUN Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
This will be the 160th league meeting between the two sides; Manchester United have 62 victories to City's 51, while 51 games have ended in draws.
City have a good recent record at Old Trafford, losing just once in the last seven away games. That run includes 6-1 and 3-0 wins for City.
Also, City won the reverse fixture 3-1 and will be looking to do a league double over their city rivals.
But United will be looking for a response after a horrible day against Everton.
We back the Red Devils to pick something from this match.
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