- Manchester United vs Manchester City will take place on Sunday evening.
- City head into the game with four wins in their last five games against United.
- The match will kick off at 1830EAT.
While a few years ago, people could talk about the unpredictability of the game, in the upcoming clash, the Cityzens head to Old Trafford with an upper hand.
Such has been City’s dominance that has culminated with five Premier League titles in the last six seasons.
The Pep Guardiola charges go into the game riding on the back of a convincing 3-1 win over Swiss side Young Boys earlier this week.
The reigning champions have also had an impressive start in the league, winning seven of their matches, with their only defeats coming at the hands of Arsenal and Wolves.
On the other hand, Manchester United have endured difficulties on and off the pitch.
The Erik Ten Hag-coached side struggled against minnows Copenhagen in a UEFA Champions League group match on Tuesday and had to rely on unlikely heroes Harry Maguire who scored the match match winner and Andre Onana who saved a last-minute penalty to seal the team’s first win in the competition.
Here are all the key facts you need to know about the crunch clash.
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What time does Manchester United vs Manchester City start?
The crunch tie is scheduled to kick off on Sunday from 6:30 pm at Old Trafford.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Team News
The Red Devils will be without several key players including 2022 FIFA World Cup winner Lisandro Martinez, Amad Diallo, Tyrell Malacia and reliable left-back Luke Shaw.
Jadon Sancho’s exile from the first team due to discipline related reasons is also set to continue consequently ruling him out of the game.
However, Brazilian international Casemiro and Christian Eriksen might be available for selection.
As for Man City, the only player missing due to an injury is Kevin De Bruyne while Manuel Akanji will not make it to Pep’s squad since he is serving a suspension having been sent off in the match against Brighton a week ago.
The likes of Josko Gvardiol, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Kyle Walker are also expected to return in the first eleven having started on the bench against Young Boys.
Man City United Possible Starting Lineup
Onana, Reguilon, Varane, Maguire, Dalot, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes, Antony, Rashford, Hojlund
Man City Possible Starting Lineup
Ederson, Gvardiol, Walker, Dias, Stones, Rodri, Silva, Foden, Doku, Alvarez, Haaland
Manchester United vs Manchester City Head-To-Head
Manchester City have had an impressive run against United since the 2011-2012 season, winning 13 of their last 24 Premier League encounters (eight defeats, three draws).
The Cityzens have made Old Trafford their playground in recent years, collecting maximum points in eight of their last 12 visits.
In addition, Manchester City is the only side since the establishment of the league that has picked up most wins at the stadium which is nick-named the Theatre of Dreams.
In their last Premier League meeting, Manchester United came back from a goal down to register a 2-1 win in January.
Last 24 Premier League Matches
Manchester United: 8
Manchester City: 13
Manchester United vs Manchester City Current Form
Despite injury issues and a lot of criticism particularly from pundits, United have won three of their last five matches.
The last time the Red Devils suffered a defeat was in the Champions League when the club was beaten 3-2 by Galatasaray at Old Trafford. Prior to that match, United had been humiliated by Crystal Palace at home.
Similar to Manchester United, City have also collected maximum points in three of their recent five games. However, only one of those wins came in the league.
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Manchester City: LWLWW
Manchester United vs Manchester City Prediction
The visitors have been impressive even without De Bruyne while United have struggled in every department, particularly the goalkeeping one.
Moreover, most clubs have visited Old Trafford this season and picked up three points Man City are expected to do the same to close the gap o table topping Tottenham.
Manchester United are however expected to put a dogged fight and goals from both teams is to be expected.
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