Manchester City vs Manchester United Preview

Manchester United return from the international break to face their noisy neighbours in Manchester City on Sunday. After two weekends absent from action, United will want to continue their four game winning streak at the Etihad while City look to make strides following the North London Derby earlier today. Both teams have lofty aspirations for this season and will be desperate for momentum going into the next wave of games before the World Cup. Here’s all you need to know:

Manchester City vs Manchester United Match Information

Teams: Manchester City and Manchester United
Date: Sunday 2nd October 2022
KO Time: 14:00 GMT
Location: Etihad Stadium
Managers: Pep Guardiola and Erik ten Hag
Referee: Michael Oliver

Team News:

Manchester City

Manchester City balance their injury concerns with returns for Kyle Walker and Aymeric Laporte who will come in as John Stones is set to miss the game. Kalvin Phillips is also a long-term absentee as he will have shoulder surgery soon.

Manchester United

Manchester United will be similarly boosted by the returns of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial who have both trained this week ahead of the derby. Harry Maguire will miss the game with a hamstring injury and will join Brandon Williams, Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Martin Dubravka on the injury list.

Interesting Facts:

  • Erling Haaland could break another record and become the first player to score three successive Premier League hattricks at home.
  • Manchester United have only lost two of their last eight games at the Etihad, winning five and drawing once in that time.
  • Marcus Rashford has four goals in the Manchester Derby, of the current players for both teams, only Cristiano Ronaldo has more with five.
  • Manchester United have not won five league games in a row since April 2021.

Predicted XI:

Manchester United are unlikely to spring many surprises. I expect De Gea to start with Martinez, Varane and Dalot unmatched in the team. Malacia could make way after Shaw’s impressive performances for England but I believe Malacia will keep his place for now.

In midfield I can’t see any reason to change either with McTominay, Eriksen and Fernandes all impressing against Arsenal and for their respective countries. In attack I would not risk Martial from the start as he is returning from a bad injury. I would keep Antony to track Cancelo and Sancho has the beating of Walker 1v1. Up front, Rashford has to start on the break and for his energy and smart runs. He won’t be able to compete with the physicality of Dias or Akanji but can beat them for pace and skill.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; McTominay, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford

Predicted Score:

Again, it’s tough to be optimistic but United have been playing very well and have been tough to beat. Haaland and De Bruyne may be too good to keep quiet but United have to back themselves on the break and rely on the vision of Fernandes and Eriksen to feed their wide players. This could prove to be a special game but I can’t bring myself to predict a United win.

City to win 2-1

Author: Arjun Handa

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