On Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 4:30 pm GMT local time, Man Utd and Man City will come face-to-face in their 182nd Premier League derby, with Man Utd having won the previous derby 2-1. Man Utd are chasing a top four finish while City have already secured a 2nd place in the Premier League this season.
As already mentioned, the clash takes place atMan Utd
home, Old Trafford, on Sunday, March 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. GMT local time, which translates to 12:30 p.m. EST, 9:30 a.m. PT for folks tuning in form US, and 3:30 a.m. AEDT for folks tuning in from Australia.
The match will be broadcast on
Sky Sports Main Event
Sky Sports Premier League
. For folks living in US, NBC is the official US broadcaster for the 2019/20 Premier League season, where you can also head to watch the Premier League derby between Manchester United and Manchester City.
If you’re in Australia, then you should be anOptus Sports
subscriber as the network holds exclusive live broadcast rights to the Premier League for Australia. Canadian soccer fans can watch the Sunday’s derby on streaming serviceDAZN
For Manchester United, bothMarcus Rashford
and Paul Pogba remain on the sidelines due to inury, while,Daniel James
and Aaaron Wan-Bissaka could be in the action, after missing out this week. Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah may make their first-team returns for Man Utd.
After missing Manchester United's FA Cup tie at Derby because of a slight ankle injury,Harry Maguire
doesn’t know for sure if he would be in for the tomorrow derby. "It is touch and go because he rolled his ankle and twisted his ankle. But hopefully he will recover quickly. I wasn't going to rest him today. I didn't give him the day off birthday wise. So I hope he will be fit,” said Solskjaer about Maguire’s injury.
For Manchester City,Kevin de Bruyne
, who got injured in the Carabao Cup final last weekend, is not likely to play. The midfielder was also not in Man City's FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday and, although the injury is not expected to rule him out for long, it will probably keep him out for the Sunday’s derby.
According to Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola,Phil Foden
will probably be in the action after his impressive Carabao Cup final performance, while Aymeric Laporte will be out for the coming Manchester derby due to a thigh injury he received in the game against Real Madrid. Leroy Sane is being assessed, instead.
boss, Pep Guardiola said: "It's better to go there winning games, being in the FA cup than being out, and tomorrow we're going to watch a little bit of United versus Derby to analyse what they have done the last game, and we're going to go there to try to win.
This is our fourth game away in a row and we have another one on Sunday at Old Trafford. We spent a lot of mental energy in the last games and then came here. But the players were absolutely ready, we didn't concede one shot on target and that means a lot for our capacity to read the game. At the end we scored a goal and could have scored much, much more."
And Man Utd boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, also commented on tomorrow’s derby: "They will feel confident. They have hit form, they are playing well. They have just been to the Bernabeu, winning there as well, and won the cup final. So I am sure they will play their game, we will play our game, and hopefully it will be a good one.
Let's hope it will be a 4-3, like we have seen before. There have been many classics. We will do what we can to make it a classic. There is not going to be any video Friday or Saturday, because we played them enough times. I think it helps because our team is developing and you want to play against the best. We want to learn and they have been the best for the past few seasons. For us, it's a great challenge."
Manchester United are in good form and are playing at home, while Manchester City are keen to avenge their previous derby defeat in December. Man City also want to reduce the gap between them and the league leaders, Liverpool, encouragingly in the aftermath of the Red’s shocking 3-0 away defeat to Watford.
In the three derby games that have been played this season between the two teams, theRed Devils
have proven a difficult opponent for Man City, especially after their win at the Etihad Stadium before Christmas. The history of Manchester derby is also in favor of Red Devils with 75 games won by them, 54 won by Man City, and 52 drawn.