English Premier League. Round 31.
20 March 2016, 17:00 GMT+1
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Michael Oliver
Manchester derby has always been a diamond for EPL round. However, are today’s City and United ready to show us a real clash of the titans?
Manchester City: De Bruyne, Delph, Kompany
Manchester United: Shaw, Young, Jones, Rooney, Keane
Manchester City 12 Wins, Manchester United 1 win, 2 draws
Manchester City: Manuel Pellegrini’s team had no problems with Dynamo Kyiv in the round of 16 UEFA Champions league (aggregate: 3-1). The draw determined the Citizens to play against already French Ligue 1 champions PSG, who show incredible attacking football and have to concentrate only on UCL overafter their early championship.
Manchester United: The Red Devils played against Liverpool in Europa Legaue round of 16 and lost by all the determinants (aggregate: 1-3). Louis Van Gaal accused Liverpool of scoring ‘cheap’ goals (naming like this a penalty and a goal, which as he thinks, was from offside); however, the only way his team scored was a penalty.
Manchester City and Manchester United are out of rails lately, and this fact can somehow be connected with their coaches, although the histories behind these figures are different.
Louis Van Gaal has his own vision of what Manchester United should become in the future and the club’s administration let him act. Actually, incorporating many youngsters is very good for the team’s future; however, to make the change of generations softer for the present, Van Gaal should find a way to combine Carricks, Fellaini’s and Schweinsteiger’s experience and Rashford’s and Martial’s speed and enthusiasm. Looking at the last results… he still searches for a solution…
Manchester City’s case, on contrast, is about the change of the coach. After the world got to know that Pep Guardiola will be the next head of Manchester City, the Citizens’ results became horrifying for a team with top football stars: Manchester City have won only 1 game in their last 5 matches. If Pellegrini wants to find a good opportunity for his further career, he has to show that psychological issues can be overcome in his teams.
This match is a good opportunity to regain reputation and fight for UCL qualifying position by winning the derby. Who is going to take use the chance?
By: Inga Voskerchian