|It's going to be a tactical game at Old Trafford on Saturday when Manchester United welcomes their city rivals in their premier league clash. (Photo credit: Opta)|
It’s a super weekend and you must be excited if you’re a neutral or if you have some confidence in your team to do the good job against whoever the opponent is, happy weekend!
Manchester United is in fine form, Marcus Rashford is looking like the real deal and there’s no stopping a man that has scored in every game since he returned from the World Cup; Erik Ten Hag has brought the best out of the 3Lions striker and as it stands, City must be worried.
The champions lost to Southampton in midweek to end any hopes of having a clean sweep but they’re still in the FA Cup after they beat a troubled Chelsea side last weekend and will hope to earn a win at Old Trafford to keep up the pressure on Arsenal.
The Gunners are away to their bitter rivals Spurs on Sunday and a win for City means they’d cut the leaders’ lead to just two points and in their way to achieve this is a red hot Manchester United side who must have forgotten what it means to lose a game.
United are in the hunt for a striker and if things go as planned, Dutchman Weghorst should be confirmed ahead of kickoff on Saturday but Anthony Martial is expected to lead the line against the premier league reigning champions.
Manchester City isn’t talking about making a new signing, instead they’re bringing out the best in the academy boys with Lewis and Palmer getting playing time in recent games but will Pep Guardiola trust them enough to give them a run against the Red Devils?
Guardiola was quite lively in his last press conference where he said he has “crazy ideas” for the Manchester derby but does the midweek shock loss against the Saints change anything? How will City line up against their city rivals?
Erling Haaland scored three times the last time both sides met in October; Phil Foden did the same too and you can trust Guardiola to unleash them against United. The key battle will be in the middle of the park where Rodri will square up against Casemiro, who will come out tops?
A win will take United to third on the log and that would be just a point behind Manchester City while a loss for Ten Hag’s side could put them at the risk of falling off from the top four especially if Spurs beat Arsenal on Sunday.