Manchester City welcome close neighbours United to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon, and both sides have tapped into a rich vein of form in the Premier League as of late.
The tantalising prospect of two manager’s with footballing philosophies analogous to one and other should results in an intense, full-throttle derby day in east Manchester.
We are taking a look ahead, guiding our readers through an exhaustive preview brimming with all the information you need ahead of the weekend.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Match Preview
Manchester City will be vying to remain as one of two Premier League sides yet to be beaten this season along with Tottenham, but they face the stiffest opposition so far in their quest for a fifth title in six years.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been typically dominant in their pursuit of further silverware, registering a staggering 23 goals in seven games while conceding just six in the process – only Brighton have let in less.
The acquisition of Erling Haaland over the summer has provided a deadly spearhead to an already rampant attack – for a side who scored 99 Premier League goals last season, it is a terrifying prospect for opposition teams. Should he continue at his current goalscoring rate, the Norwegian would score 60 goals by the season’s climax – just under double that of the current record 38-game record of 32 held by Mohamed Salah.
11 goals in 7 games… Erling Haaland is off to a flying start 🚀
Will he win the Golden Boot? ⚽ pic.twitter.com/vVYNLziBuO
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 26, 2022
Manchester United’s new-found centre back pairing Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez will have a vexatious afternoon attempting to deal with football’s hottest property, but should they manage to nullify his darting runs they may well have a chance on Sunday.
The Red Devils look a side finding the feet under Manger of the Month Erik Ten Hag after a skittish start to the season, and four successive victories including a hard-fought but masterful win over league-leaders Arsenal has sent a wave of optimism through the fanbase.
They will fancy their chances of going toe-to-toe with their city rivals given a string of assertive performances, and we expect a much closer match than the 4-1 defeat in the repeat of this fixture back in March.
Manchester City vs Manchester United: Match Facts and Stats
- Man City have won 28 of their last 35 matches in the Premier League.
- The Manchester derby has seen 187 matches in total across all competitions, with United winning 77, City 57, and the remaining 53 ending in a share of the spoils.
- There have been 518 goals scored throughout its history, United edging the tally with 265 to City’s 253.
- City hold the record for the biggest wins however, beating United 6-1 on two occasions both at Old Trafford (1926 and 2011).
- Erik Ten Hag and Pep Guardiola were once colleagues at former club Bayern Munich – it is said the former studied the latter closely during their stint in Germany.
- The stats show Erling Haaland doesn’t touch the ball all that often – on average just 10 times a game in some fixtures this season. 11 league goals puts him well clear in the Golden Boot race however.
- Manchester United have won just once in the last five meetings between the two, while City have claimed victory in five of the last 10.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Team News and Predicted Line-Ups
Manchester City Team News
Pep Guardiola will be without mainstay John Stones after he picked up a hamstring injury over the international break, while fellow centre-back Aymeric Laporte returned to training after undergoing knee surgery, but this fixture will come to soon for the Spaniard.
Manuel Akanji has looked a shrewd acquisition given the latest defensive injury problems, and may well be in line to start once more alongside Ruben Dias.
Elsewhere, summer signing Kalvin Phillips is still ruled out after surgery on his shoulder.
Manchester City Predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Foden, Silva, Haaland.
Manchester United Team News
Striking duo Marcus Rashford, who was today named Premier League Player of the Month, and Anthony Martial have both picked up recent injuries although it is unclear whether they are in line to feature this weekend.
Erik ten Hag – Premier League Manager Of the Month ✅🔴
Marcus Rashford – Premier League Player of the Month 🔴 pic.twitter.com/6KADfyj1ew
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) September 30, 2022
Club captain Harry Maguire also limped off with a thigh injury for England, although Varane and Martinez have formed a formidable partnership in the centre of defence as of late.
Cristiano Ronaldo looks to be the likeliest candidate to lead the line, while we may see a first league start for £60m signing Casemiro in the centre of midfield.
Manchester United Predicted XI: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; Eriksen, McTominay; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo.
Manchester City vs Manchester United Recent Head-to-Head History
|26 Oct 2016||Manchester United v Manchester City||1-0||League Cup|
|27 Apr 2017||Manchester City v Manchester United||0-0||Premier League|
|10 Dec 2017||Manchester United v Manchester City||1-2||Premier League|
|07 Apr 2018||Manchester City v Manchester United||2-3||Premier League|
|11 Nov 2018||Manchester City v Manchester United||3-1||Premier League|
|24 Apr 2019||Manchester United v Manchester City||0-2||Premier League|
|07 Dec 2019||Manchester City v Manchester United||1-2||Premier League|
|07 Jan 2020||Manchester United v Manchester City||1-3||League Cup|
|29 Jan 2020||Manchester City v Manchester United||0-1||League Cup|
|08 Mar 2020||Manchester United v Manchester City||2-0||Premier League|
|12 Dec 2020||Manchester United v Manchester City||0-0||Premier League|
|06 Jan 2021||Manchester United v Manchester City||0-2||League Cup|
|07 Mar 2021||Manchester City v Manchester United||0-2||Premier League|
|06 Nov 2021||Manchester United v Manchester City||0-2||Premier League|
|06 Mar 2022||Manchester City v Manchester United||4-1||Premier League|
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