Manchester United v Manchester City – Old Trafford at 20:00 GMT+1
Manchester City will be making a visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday night for the 44th Premier League Manchester derby in what is a critical match in the battle for the Premier League title victory.
Both teams suffered frustration during the Champions League eliminations last week. The Red Devils were outclassed by Barcelona, while the Citizens faced their most intense Champions League fixture to date when a late VAR decision claimed a Tottenham win due to away goals.
In the reverse fixture in November last year, Pep Guardiola and his men dominated the Red Devils and claimed the 3-1 victory. They will definitely be aiming to put in a similar performance on Wednesday night. However, after being knocked out of the Champions League during their match against Tottenham Hotspur, the Citizens might not be in high spirits. But knowing Guardiola and his men, they will absolutely be preparing for a totally different clash as they aim to dominate the league once again.
On the other hand, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men displayed a dismal performance against Everton over the weekend. Furthermore, things aren’t looking great for them at the moment following their 0-3 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final. They will be desperate to secure the win on Wednesday to restore some pride, especially since they will be playing at home.
Despite being unbeaten at Old Trafford in their past 14 matches, it’s going to be tough facing a Manchester City side who won four fixtures in a row on the road.
– Manchester United will be without Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, and Eric Bailly due to injury.
– Luke Shaw remains a doubt after serving a two-game suspension that left him out of the match against Everton on Sunday.
– Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne will likely miss Wednesday’s clash after limping during their match against Tottenham.
PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI
Man United: 4-3-3
David De Gea, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial
Man City: 4-3-3
Ederson, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling
Paul Pogba was able to produce an outstanding performance when United claimed a massive win against their neighbours last April. He will definitely want to repeat that performance in order to keep their top four hopes alive.
Sergio Aguero will certainly be looking to add more goals to his remarkable tally against Manchester United which has seen him score at least 10 times against their opponents. Apart from this, he is the highest Manchester derby goal-scorer and has claimed at least 19 goals in the league so far this season.
Man United v Man City: 1-2
A victory seems to be on the cards for the visitors. Despite having the home advantage, Manchester United seems to be on a different playing level and are not yet prepared enough to take on the might of Manchester City. However, the hosts won’t hand over the win that easily and will definitely put on a solid performance after being humiliated on Sunday. Wednesday’s match should be one of the most thrilling encounters of the season.
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