Man United vs Man City: Match preview, Betting tips and Predictions - Ole and United’s misery light up Manchester Derby!
Mason Greenwood wheels away in celebration after getting United in front against Westham. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)
Manchester United vs Manchester CityOld Trafford6:30pm
The latest installment of the famous Manchester Derby is upon us and it promises to be explosive as it has recently become with Manchester United needing a result to placate fans after the UCL exit.
This fixture used to be one-sided with the red side of Manchester always standing tall with broad shoulders.
But the blue half, powered by strong interest from the Middle East and a functioning football oriented board has turned things around in recent time, winning the title three times since United last won it.
The game at Old Trafford on Saturday is one with massive significance for both sides for many reasons.
Manchester United have their fans once again wondering if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to lead them into a successful future after they lost their advantage in their Champions League group to finish third, meaning they will now join Arsenal, Leicester and Tottenham in the Europa League.
Manchester City however have lost twice in the league already, both to title contenders if you consider how Leicester City can spring surprises.
The Citizens must lie 7th at the time of filing this report but with a match in hand which could take them up to 4th.
Manchester United will be without the duo of Anthony Martial and Edison Cavani for the game on Saturday.
While the only doubt for Manchester City is Sergio Aguero who continues to recover from a nagging knee injury which has kept him out of the current season but he had a successful cameo in the Champions League in midweek against Marseille which he capped a goal.
The host won the last two, and three of the last five between these two but things aren’t looking very interesting for the Red Devils, they will be under pressure here but they sure know how to turn up when the odds are against them
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is the form team between the two with their league form helping them to sixth.
Both sides need a win to exert some presence and prove they’re not a spent force, the visitors already lost at Spurs and they can’t afford to drop another point to direct title rivals.
A win for City will however, increase the unrest at Old Trafford.
Ole reverted to a 3-5-2 formation that backfired against Leipzig and the choice of Luke Shaw at the back also didn’t work; Alex Telles will keep his place and do all he can to stop Raheem Sterling on Saturday.
Bruno Fernandes up against Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri against Scott McTominay, and one decision many will watch with keen interest from the hosts will be Solskjaer’s choice in goal between Dean Henderson and David De Gea,