Two city rivals go head-to-head on Sunday afternoon as Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford.
It has been a fairly turbulent start to the campaign for Manchester United but, after two wins on the spin, there is hope that their fortunes might be starting to change.
Of course, United will be looking to avenge their defeat to City in the FA Cup final in June, but the Red Devils did manage to get one over on their rivals earlier this year when a late double secured a 2-1 win for Erik Ten Hag’s men.
After their last two victories, United will be keen to keep that going – and will be buoyed somewhat by their success against City last season – but will be well aware that it will be an almighty challenge on Sunday.
Jadon Sancho is still out in the cold, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia will definitely miss out through injury, but United are hopeful that Casemiro could return to the squad which would come as a big boost for the Red Devils.
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JUN 2023 FA CUP FINAL Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United
JAN 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City
MAR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United
NOV 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City
MAR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 0-2 Manchester United
JAN 2021 EFL CUP Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City
DEC 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City
MAR 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Man United 2-0 Man City
JAN 2020 EFL CUP Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United
JAN 2020 EFL CUP Manchester United 1-3 Manchester City
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United
APR 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City
As things stand, City find themselves behind early pace-setters Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premier League table and will be keen to close that gap on Sunday afternoon.
In their most recent Premier League outing, despite some late nerves, Pep Guardiola’s side managed to get back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Brighton thanks to goals from Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland.
They then followed that up with a win in the Champions League with Haaland once again scoring in a 3-1 triumph over Young Boys on Wednesday night.
When looking at the two sides here, it is clear to me that City have more quality and – bar that defeat at Old Trafford last season – have a pretty decent record against United in recent years.
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