At the beginning of the season the two clubs were the favourites for the Premier League title, as Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho took over as managers in both respective clubs.However, the unpredictability of the Premier League kicked in and the two sides now battle for Champions League football as the Premier League approaches to its end with just 6 fixtures remaining for each side.
The sky Blues will do everything to avoid another upset after being knocked out of the FA Cup semi-final by Arsenal. Manchester City have been shaky in the Premier League and struggle to have the consistency needed to secure the much needed top 4 spot. In their last 5 fixtures in the English top flight Man City lost twice, won two times and ended one game with a draw. The last hope for the Spanish specialist to finish the season somewhat successful was to win the FA Cup. Now, being out of the competition Pep, 46, will have his first trophyless season as a manager.
On the bright side the winter signing from Brazil, Gabriel Jesus, has recovered from injury and most likely will be fit to help his teammates against the Red Devils. Ilkay Gundogan is still out due to Cruciate Ligament injury.
The Red Devils continue the amazing unbeaten run under the Portuguese specialist Jose Mourinho. Manchester United haven’t lost in 23 consecutive Premier League matches. Nevertheless, because of the considerable amount of draws, The Red Devis found themselves 5th in the Premier League table.Unlike Man City, United had already tasted success this season. United beat Southampton in the EFL Cup final, thus giving Jose Mourinho his first major trophy with the Red Devils.
United are set to face a big challenge at Etihad and the big injury list will only add more trouble for Jose Mourinho, as the Portuguese specialist develops a plan to stop the City strike force. Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Juan Mata, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba will miss the Manchester derby. Rojo and Ibra are out for the rest of the season.
When the derby comes the form goes out of the window. A win in a derby is a must for every club. That’s why United’s fierce rivalry with City has produced diverse results over the years. However, when it comes to recent matches Manchester United has the edge.
City won just one in last 5 matches, that win, however, was has been achieved this season.
Undoubtedly the result of this match will have a great impact on the race for the top 4.
Manchester City: Bravo, Clichy, Kompany, Otamendi, Navas, Toure, Sane, De Bruyne, Sterling,Aguero,Jesus
Manchester United: De Gea, Damian, Blind, Baily, Young, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Mkhitaryan,Martial,Rushford