Coming up today is yet another premier league matchday encounter between two arch enemies, as Man United will be hosting Man City for another epic Manchester derby showdown. Both teams are fighting to achieve their target this season, which makes this fixture as very crucial fixture for them, as the target of one of them could possibly end in this fixture. Manchester United are under serious pressure of not making it into the top 4 while Man City are under pressure of losing out on their title race. It’s a must-win game for both teams, a much-anticipated fixture with lots of expectations.
Man United have been in weird situations this season, looked rejuvenated since the sack of Mourinho and under the leadership of Solskjaer as the interim manager, their top 4 ambitions looked destined, but ever since Solskjaer was made the permanent manager at the club, things hasn’t been the same and has started to go downhill for them. Nevertheless, there’s still hope of achieving their target this season, but it first starts from getting the job done against Man City in this fixture.
Man City have been in great form for most parts of the season and are currently not relenting in their title race. They are aiming to win back-to-back premier league titles and will be fighting till the end to ensure that they achieve their target. This season would probably be their best season under Pep and they have the possibility to win the treble. This fixture against Man United at Old Trafford is very crucial for them in their title quest, as any result other than a win could potentially be a stumbling block for their target.
On paper, Man City are favorites in this game.
Man United vs Man City
A very crucial fixture for both teams and an exciting one for the fans, most especially for the neutrals.
For Man United, they are playing at home, which will give them the confidence for the game to get back to winning ways after their shocking 4 nil destruction against Everton. This is a very difficult fixture for them considering their recent poor form and any result other than a win could potentially end their top 4 dreams. They are going into this game as the underdogs on paper, but they have all it takes to get the job done at home.
For Man City, they are favorites for this fixture on paper but know that Man United is a top team and has all it takes to win this game if they don’t play at their best. Getting a win in this fixture could possibly give them the edge for the title, but the race will most likely go on till the final game of the season.
Tactics and Gameplay Expectations
For Man United, they will possibly setup in a 4-2-3-1 formation. A lot of eyeballs are on Solskjaer for this fixture, to see how they perform after such a horrible performance against Everton. It has been a very difficult journey for him ever since he took over as the permanent manager at the club, but will be looking to steer the team to a very crucial victory. Their gameplan in this game will be to exploit City’s weaknesses and also to capitalize on counter-attacking and set pieces to hurt City.
For Man City, they will most likely setup in a 4-3-3 formation. Pep knows that this is possibly the most difficult fixture he has and will be looking to clear it out of the way with a positive result. Getting a win in this game could greatly increase their chances of achieving their target, and they will be looking to get the job done at Old Trafford. Their gameplay will always be the same with slightly different tweaks and their aim on the pitch will be to dominate the possession and try to create as many goalscoring chances as possible to win the game.