Manchester United possible XI: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Herrera, Martial, Rooney.
Manchester City possible XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Fernando, De Bruyne, Toure, Sterling, Bony.
Manchester United vs Manchester City at Old Trafford is a fixture that may as well come with a guarantee for goals as both teams have come up with a good luxury of football this term. The wounds of past defeats still haunt both teams and with a top spot at stake in this match, both Managers will be looking to outsmart the other.
No team will want to loose this especially Man Utd who would not want to start chasing a 5 pts gap with Manchester City especially if Arsenal get to win Everton also, the loosing points won’t be well. Likewise Man City wouldn’t want to be chasing Man Utd and Arsenal in 3rd position if they loose and Arsenal wins.
A draw of course will show equality between the 2 sides but this fixture have failed to produce a draw in the last 10 meetings so its likely on Manchester will take this. Will Man Utd home be a ice breaker for them or will Man City fluent play outdo the red devils?
Some of the Match Facts
– Man City are looking for their 50th competitive win in the Manchester derby (W49 D50 L69).
– None of the last 12 Manchester derbies in all competitions have ended as a draw (five United wins, seven City wins).
– The last 10 Manchester derbies in all competitions have seen 41 goals scored (4.1 goals per match).
– Rooney is 30 years old on the day before this match – no player has scored as many Barclays Premier League goals as he has by the age of 30 (187).