Manchester derby who wins? United or City?

Will Old Trafford Glory be restored?

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The Reds need to respond after the 4-0 loss

to Everton on Sunday, but face a City side

who are gunning for a second successive title.

 

A home win could derail those hopes and

would strengthen our top-four aspirations,

which were boosted over the weekend with

all three rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and

Tottenham Hotspur dropping points.

 

Here is what you need to know ahead of the

derby……..

 

 

WHAT’S THE TEAM NEWS?

Luke Shaw is back from suspension and looks

certain to start at left-back, but Phil Jones

sustained an injury at Everton and may miss

Wednesday’s match. Ander Herrera, Eric

Bailly and Antonio Valencia have been out of

action for several weeks, but Alexis Sanchez

is now back in the fold after recovering from

a knee problem. For the visitors, manager

Pep Guardiola has confirmed that City will be

without Kevin De Bruyne at Old Trafford.

 

Asked in his pre-match press conference

about the influential Belgian, the City boss

said: “I don’t know. It’s a muscular problem

we will see in next days how he will do but

tomorrow, no.”The visitor’s only other

injury concern is back-up keeper Claudio

Bravo, who is a long-term absentee.

 

 

 

HOW GOOD ARE CITY?

The Blues are in outstanding form but their

hopes of a quadruple were dashed when

Tottenham Hotspur eliminated them from

the Champions League last week. Our

neighbours have already won the Carabao

Cup and will face Watford in the Emirates FA

Cup final at Wembley Stadium next month.

 

In the league, City have not dropped a point

since a shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United

in January, winning 10 games on the trot.

Their most recent three points came against

Spurs as they avenged the European exit with

a 1-0 victory last Saturday, thanks to Phil

Foden’s early header.

 

WHAT IS THE CONTEXT OF THE GAME?

City know if they keep their current run

going, they will win the league. However,

Liverpool are also on a fine run and are

waiting in the wings to profit from any slip-

up.

 

Indeed, the Merseysiders are currently top of

the table, having played a game more. For

United, our aim is simple – to get into the top

four. Yet the heavy loss at Everton has placed

even greater importance on pulling off a win

in the derby, in order to boost our hopes of

playing in next season’s Champions League.

 

 

WHAT’S OUR RECORD LIKE IN THE DERBY?

The Reds have won 72 times, drawn 52

games and lost 52 others. We triumphed in a

classic derby 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium last

season, postponing the home side’s title

celebrations despite trailing 2-0 at the break.

 

At Old Trafford, our form has not been good –

despite a Juan Mata goal sealing a League

Cup victory in October 2016. A 4-2 success

in April 2015, with Ashley Young, Marouane

Fellaini, Mata and Chris Smalling on the

scoresheet, was the last time we took three

points from a home fixture.

 

 

WHO’S THE REFEREE?

Andre Marriner will take charge of what is

surely set to be a hotly contested encounter.

The experienced official has overseen three

United matches this season – the last of which

was January’s 2-0 victory at Newcastle –

however, this will be the first Manchester

derby that the 48-year-old has overseen

since 2012.

Marriner will be assisted by Scott Ledger and

Simon Long, while Craig Pawson will assume

the role of fourth official.

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