Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Premier League – Match Preview

Manchester City make the short trip to Old Trafford on Saturday knowing a win will take them above Manchester United in the Premier League table.

Manchester United recovered from a goal down to beat West Ham last time out in the league, with Paul Pogba scoring his first of the season in the comeback.

They were beaten 3-2 by RB Leipzig on Tuesday though, with defeat meaning they will drop into the Europa League.

Manchester City’s spot in the last 16 of the Champions League was already secured prior to their 3-0 win over Marseille.

Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne were among the goals as they eased past Fulham last weekend.

Premier League form: Manchester United W4 D0 L1; Manchester City W3 D1 L1
Premier League top scorers
Manchester United – Bruno Fernandes 7 goals
Manchester City – Riyad Mahrez 4 goals

Match history
Manchester United did the league double over City last term, including a 2-0 win at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay.

City did get the better of United in the EFL Cup though, progressing through 3-2 on aggregate last season.

Last five Premier League meetings
Manchester United 2 Manchester City 0 – 08/03/20
Manchester City 1 Manchester United 2 – 07/12/19
Manchester United 0 Manchester City 2 – 24/04/19
Manchester City 3 Manchester United 1 – 11/11/18
Manchester City 2 Manchester United 3 – 07/04/18

Team news
Martial and Edinson Cavani missed the midweek trip to Germany and both are doubts again.

Luke Shaw is back from injury; however Alex Telles should keep his spot in the team.

Sergio Aguero will be fit enough for a return to the bench on Saturday, meaning Gabriel Jesus will continue up tops.

John Stones appears to be in favour at the moment, meaning Aymeric Laporte could be on the bench once again.

Expected starting XI’s
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood
Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Rodrigo, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling; Jesus

Predictions

Result: Manchester City
Manchester City may not have hit top form yet this season, however they are likely to have too much for United

Correct Score: 1-2
There have been over 2.5 goals in five of the last seven meetings between the two teams

Anytime Goalscorer: Gabriel Jesus
Manchester United have struggled defensively this season and Gabriel Jesus will cause them problems

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