The two Manchester heavyweights do battle at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday night, but who will land the knockout blow and save their own season?
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City, the once noisy neighbors, welcome United to the Etihad in a Manchester derby where repercussions are unavoidable.
Pep Guardiola’s champions, chasing a third-straight title, sit 11points behind leaders Liverpool, while United are eight points off the Champions League places.
After wins in midweek, these two are halfway through a 180 turn in fortunes following a testing period. Going back to square one isn’t an option for City, while United are already looking to salvage something from another underwhelming season so far. They could be double digits off their mininum target of top-four by Saturday evening.
Though City have pulled well ahead of United in recent years, the five-mile trip east across Manchester gives Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an opportunity to further release the weight of pressure on his shoulders, with Old Trafford not exempt from the managerial merry-go-round like it once was. This week had looked like it could be the beginning of the end, but that win over Spurs has allowed Solskjaer room to breathe.
For United’s fans, there’s more than bragging rights. An away victory would give them back-to-back wins for the first time this season, while also crushing City’s title hopes, though its next direction may be equally as painful to United’s fans. The title they once routinely gripped has seldom felt so far away.
Do any United players make the Manchester combined XI?
Sky Sports’ features editorPeter Smith, features writerNick Wrightand senior journalistGerard Brandcame to a consensus on a Manchester XI containing two players from Old Trafford, with Pep Guardi ola’s champions dominating.
Will Fernandinho start in City’s defense again? Walker or Cancelo? Who starts left-back for Man Utd? And Will Mason Greenwood get the nod again?
We run through the main selection dilemmas facing Pep Guardiola and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. )
With City desperate to close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, and neighbors United trying to save their own season,these conundrums could have a massive impact at the Etihad …
Raheem Sterling explains why his shift in mentality in front of goal will help him to break his duck against Manchester United this weekend.
Does United’s victory over Spurs signify the turning of a corner under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? We’ve said that so many times, but we’ve been proven wrong on every occasion. City have the fire, the burning desire back in their bellies, we saw that in the victory at Burnley, and it is for that reason why the United revival will be short-lived. It will be a blue day in Manchester.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 3-1 (9/1 with Sky Bet)
How to watch
You can watch the game live onSky Sports Premier LeagueandMain Event, with our TV build-up kicking-off at 5pm. David Jones will be in the studio with Roy Keane, Joleon Lescott and Jamie Redknapp, with Gary Neville joining Martin Tyler on commentary.
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