Preview: Manchester United – Manchester City

After two Cup matches which saw the Red Devils progress to the next round of the Cup and qualify for the semi-finals of the League Cup, come back to the Championship with nothing more than a derby against their city neighbours.

And if Manchester City are currently 2nd in the table, it is the first time in a long time that victory is within our grasp. Indeed, it has been almost 3 years (March 8, 2020 to be precise) that Man United have not won a Manchester derby. The first leg was even a beating scene by the Citizens. The 6-3 at the start of October could have been the trigger for us as only Aston Villa have managed to beat us since then.

Therefore, it is not the same Man United that will face their noisy neighbors at Old Trafford this weekend. At least that’s what we’re hoping for.

Erik ten Hag and his men have been riding a winning streak for over two months and success would have put us one point behind our rivals. An opportunity not to be missed. The Dutch coach has to rely on an almost complete workforce, nothing new in terms of injuries at this stage. Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial were absent against Charlton. If the former has been rested and will be fit for the derby, it was clearly an injury for Martial. Ten Hag was optimistic about his presence this weekend. Diogo Dalot was released against Charlton as a priori simple precaution.

Manchester City, who started the season as fast as ever, have been showing some signs of weakness lately. The weakness, of course, was the draw with Everton at the end of last year and the 2-0 loss to Southampton in the League Cup quarter-finals in midweek, giving the impression that this team could be bought. .

Pep Guardiola will not be the only a priori Ruben Dias and can obviously count on Erling Haaland, whose goal statistics are quite crazy and who will be one of the players to watch in our defense.

So confidence in Man United as this derby approaches, but also a huge lack of confidence against a team that has hurt us so much in recent matches and will not waste the trip, however short!

Manchester United

None: Axel Tuanzebe (DC), Donny van de Beek (MC), Jadon Sancho (AiG).

Uncertain: Diogo Dalot (ArD).

Possible composition (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Malacia, Shaw, Varane, Van-Bissaka, Eriksen, Casemiro, Fernandes, Rashford, Antony, Martial.

Trainer: Erik ten Haag.

League statistics: 4th, 35 points, 17 MJ (11V 2N 4D), GA +7 (27-20).
MJ = matches played (VND = wins – draws – losses) / GA = average goals (BP-BC = goals for – goals against)

Current form: WOWWWW.

Manchester City

None: Ruben Diaz (DC).

Uncertain: None.

Possible composition (4-3-3): Ederson, Cancelo, Akanji, Stones, Lewis, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Grealish, Mahrez, Haaland.

Trainer: Pep Guardiola.

League statistics: 2nd, 39 points, 17 MJ (12V 3N 2D), GA +29 (45-16).
MJ = matches played (VND = wins – draws – losses) / GA = average goals (BP-BC = goals for – goals against)

Current form: VNVVD.

Judges

Center referee: Stuart Attwell. Wizards: Gary Beswick, Darren Cann. Fourth referee: Robert Jones. HAVE: Michael Oliver. Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton.

Where can I watch the game?

The match should be broadcast in France Channel+ and continues BT Sports 1 Great Britain.

Recent clashes

  • 2022-2023: MCI 6-3 MUN
  • 2021-2022: MU 0-2 MCI, MCI 4-1 MUN
  • 2020-2021: MUN 0-2 MCIMCI 0-2 MUN

At Old Trafford:

  • Manchester United’s last win: 8 March 2020 (2-0)
  • Last draw: 12 December 2020 (0-0)
  • Last opponent win: 6 November 2021 (2-0)

A look at the competitors

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Saturday, January 14: Brighton v Liverpool (16:00), Everton v Southampton (16:00), Wolverhampton v West Ham (16:00), Nottingham Forest v Leicester (16:00), Brentford v Bournemouth (18:30). )

Sunday, January 15: “Chelsea” – “Crystal Palace” (15:00), “Newcastle” – “Fulham” (15:00), “Tottenham” – “Arsenal” (17:30)

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