📝Manchester City vs Manchester United match preview & lineups
Tonight Manchester United will travel to Manchester City to meet their rivals in the first Manchester derby of the season at Etihad Stadium.
The Citizens are currently third in the Premier League ranking with 32 points, while The Red Devils are sixth with 21 points. This is while Liverpool are still on top with 43 points.
The teams’ news
What is up with Manchester City?
The Citizens have most recently won their match over Burnley on Tuesday where they defended the Clarets 4-1 at Turf Moor. The win helped them not to go much further from Liverpool as they are currently on top with an 11-point difference.
However, it has to be said that Manchester City’s overall performance haven’t been that satisfying this season. Eight wins, three losses and one draw; that is how the Citizens have performed this season. It has to be mentioned that as it seems the title is slowly slipping out of the grasp of the Citizens as they are currently 11 points behind Liverpool.
Manchester United in details
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the other hand, was under serious pressure before their Wednesday's Tottenham clash But luckily for the coach, the Red Devils finished that match Successfully as they defeated the Lilly Whites 2-1. However, they have not been that brilliant this season as they are currently 6th in the chart. Four wins, four draws, and three losses. That is how the team has performed this season.
Manchester City absentees
Going through the absentees, it has to be said that Manchester City will still be without three players on Tuesday night, including Sergio Aguero who has been absent for a while now.
The team also has to start the match without some other key figures, as Sane and also Laporte are out both due to injuries. Zinchenko may also be out due to his injury.
Manchester United absentees
On the other side of the pitch, the Red Devils’ coach will also miss some of his players as Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Dalot, and Pogba are all out as they are injured.
Rojo, and Matic, and Martial may also miss the Manchester City clash due to injuries.
Going through the history books, these are the facts worth mentioning:
Only Chelsea with 18 victories have won more Premier League games against Man Utd than Man City have as the Citizens have won 15, with 10 of those victories coming in the last eight years.
Man Utd have only lost one of their last four away league games against Man City with two wins and one draw, though it was in this exact fixture last season when the team lost the metch 1-3.
Man City won 3-1 and 2-0 against Man Utd in the Premier League last season. It has to be mentioned that the last team to beat the Red Devils by 2+ goals in three consecutive top-flight meetings was Liverpool, who did so in four in a row between 1978-1979.
Manchester City have won 24 of their last 27 Premier League home games along with one draw and two losses, with the Citizens netting 81 goals in that time, only failing to score on one occasion.
Manchester United have won just one of their last 11 away league games as they drew four and lost six matches, and are without a clean sheet in their last 12 on the road. They last conceded in more consecutive away league games in April 1986 with 15 games.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games against ‘big six’ teams with two wins and three draws, including all four games in 2019-20. They last went six consecutive such games without defeat back in March 2016 under Louis van Gaal.
Manchester United have won seven away league games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, the average starting league position of those seven clubs is 14th, with third placed Tottenham in January 2019 the only side they have beaten starting the day in the top half of the table.
Going through the star facts, you need to know that Pep Guardiola has won four of his six Premier League games against Man Utd with one draw and one loss. It is interesting to know that in Man City’s top-flight history only Les McDowall and Joe Mercer have won more against the Red Devils in charge of the Citizens.
Man City’s Gabriel Jesus hasn’t scored in any of his last 10 appearances at the Etihad in all competitions, since netting against Schalke in the Champions League in March. His last 11 goals for the club have all been scored away from Man City’s home.
Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 13 games in all competitions for Manchester United and England as he has scored 12 goals and provided 2 assists.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy, De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.
Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, McTominay, Fred, James, Pereira, Rashford, Greenwood.
Manchester City Key men
The 24-year-old kicks the ball as a winger and attacking midfielder for the Citizens. This season he has played in fourteen Premier League matches where he has scored eight goals and provided one assist.
Kevin De Bruyne
The 28-year-old Man City midfielder is one of the bests. Up to now, he has played in fourteen matches in the Premier League this season where he has scored four times and provided nine assists.
Manchester United Key men
The 22-year-old forward is the key player of the Red Devils who has scored nine goals and also four assists for his team this season.
The 26-year-old is the most expensive defender in the world while Van Dijk is the second. This season he has provided also one assist for the Red Devils.
Date: Saturday, 07 December
Time: 18:30 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Now the question is which team will be the winner of the match? Leave your comment in the comment section.