Manchester United v Manchester City: Premier League – live | Premier League

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Shaw, Malacia, Eriksen, Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes, Martial, Rashford.
Subs: Heaton, Lindelof, Maguire, Martinez, McTominay, Mainoo, Antony, Elanga, Garnacho.

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Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Haaland.
Subs: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Palmer, Lewis.

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Back in October, a mere 104 days ago, City won the Manchester derby 6-3, a scoreline that seriously flattered an abject United. But since having their trousers freshly laundered, pressed and handed to them neatly folded in a high hat, Erik ten Hag’s side have got their act together big time. Of the 18 matches they’ve played in all competitions since that humiliation, 15 have been won, and only one has been lost. They’re currently on an eight-win sequence, boasting a perfect record since domestic football restarted after the World Cup. Tails round Old Trafford way are up.

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City haven’t been quite so smooth since their sensational win. In ascending order of uncharacteristic averageness, they’ve lost at home to Brentford, been held at home by Everton, and crashed out of the League Cup at Southampton. They trail league leaders Arsenal by five points, hardly an insurmountable gap for a team of City’s usual brilliance … the only problem being, City aren’t currently playing to their usual brilliant standard. And so, for the first time in quite a while, they go into the derby slightly unsure of themselves, with Pep Guardiola admitting that a repeat of their performance at St Mary’s will spell real trouble against in-form United.

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Then again, City were astonishingly good in the first half of their FA Cup tie against Chelsea. A reminder of how devastating they are when they click. And while United are trending upwards, they’re still very much a work in progress, the Ten Hag era still in its infancy, his team benefitting from a reasonably favourable run of fixtures. City, smarting from their midweek defeat and desperate to stay on Arsenal’s tail, could deliver a painful reality check.

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All of which is a long-winded way of saying that you can make a case for both sides. So good luck calling it! A second nine-goal affair in a row is unlikely … but wouldn’t it be lovely? Kick off is at 12.30pm GMT. It’s on!

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Key occasions

9 minutes: This recreation is being performed at 101 miles per hour. City are urgent laborious, as they’re wont to do. United are coping with it nicely, although, holding their very own and threatening to provide pretty much as good as they’re getting. They Harry City and Malacia is pinged into house down the left. He crosses dangerously, however the flag goes up for offside once more.

7 minutes: De Bruyne spins away from Fred with ease on the appropriate touchline and sends the ball throughout in direction of Cancelo on the opposite flank. Cancelo’s deep cross is definitely cleared by United, who try to launch certainly one of their trademark blistering transitions, however the flag goes up when Martial wanders offside.

5 minutes: City are having fun with the lion’s share of possession throughout these early exchanges. No massive shock there.

3 minutes: Cancelo rolls a advantageous cross down the left for Silva, who crosses lengthy in direction of Mahrez. For a second, it seems to be promising for City, however Malacia fights laborious to wrestle the ball away from Mahrez, to the deep pleasure of the house followers. That’s advantageous defending.

2 minutes: An early signal of each groups’ intent as Martial climbs throughout Akanji, who stands his floor. Then an in-flight Cancelo is unceremoniously introduced down by Eriksen. Everyone’s up for this all proper, but it surely’s the Manchester derby, in order that’s hardly jaw-dropping information.

Manuel Akanji stands his floor as Martial jumps in.
Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

United get the ball rolling. City are kicking in direction of the Stretford End on this first half. Incidentally, our previous MBM pal Will Unwin is on a busman’s vacation at Old Trafford this afternoon, and here is his first breaking missive: “Peter Reid is within the administrators’ field dressed like a personal detective in a fedora. The Rooney household are on the row behind.”

The groups are out! United in purple, City sky blue. Loads of pleasant banter between each units of gamers within the tunnel. Some post-World Cup catching up little doubt. In a studio someplace, Roy Keane and Gary Neville are finding out in apoplexy. Amid all of the pleasant hubbub, Erling Haaland stands tall, alone on the again, staring straight forward in a world of his personal, within the zone, getting ready for motion. Jock Wallace would approve. We’ll be off in a few minutes.

The battle fever.

… and whereas we’re with regards to followers telling it the best way they see it …

The City gamers accomplished their warm-up and tripped again to the altering rooms. There’s a beautiful second because the United followers close to the tunnel begin to chant for Roy Keane as Erling Haaland saunters previous. No want to elucidate why. The candy sound of pantomime abuse. A cheeky smile briefly performs throughout Haaland’s face. File that one underneath ‘Highly Amused’. That’s saved away, then. But at what value to United? An help? A objective? Three targets? Anyway, the bear’s been poked, so let’s examine the way it pans out.

Pre-match postbag. “ETH clearly actually fancies Shaw as a middle again and, to be honest, he is finished fairly nicely there to date. But City’s assault is a far totally different proposition than any he has confronted to date” – Dean Kinsella

“What is happening with Lisandro Martinez? Luke Shaw has crammed in admirably at heart again however certainly United are a greater aspect with Martinez enjoying and Shaw at left again. Or did Martinez rejoice the World Cup win so laborious that he is nonetheless recovering?” – Jon Collins

“It’s a beautiful morning for a Manchester derby, even when the solar shouldn’t be but up right here in ‘flyover nation’. As a Liverpool fan, I’m wanting ahead to a high-scoring draw, with plenty of naughty play and plenty of, many playing cards. Make it occur!” Joe Pearson of Indianapolis

“City are sputtering round with their tiki cheesy and never scoring whereas United are on an upward tack. United win arms down” – Jeff Sachs

… but when City are very a lot within the title race, certainly United are as nicely, proper? Right. We’ve been faffing round with the cups for the final week, so here is a reminder of the place the Manchester rivals at the moment stand within the Premier League because it nudges in direction of the midway mark.

Erik ten Hag’s flip, and he takes the chance to eulogise the incoming Wout Weghorst. “He is the kind of striker we do not have at this second. I’ve recognized him for a very long time and adopted him by means of the leagues and the golf equipment and all over the place he got here, he shocked. He is a goalscorer, positively, however he’s additionally the kind who works for the crew, a extremely good urgent participant. He also can play counter assault. He is admittedly efficient.”

As for a potential United title problem? “I do not dream. I’ve to develop the crew. It’s solely January, so do not speak about that.”

Pep Guardiola, who takes cost of his five hundredth top-flight league match this lunchtime, talks to BT Sport. “It’s a superb situation to make this milestone! I would like it to be on the Etihad, but it surely’s OK! Old Trafford is OK! We gained lots of video games. We had enjoyable, and we would love to do it once more. You can’t win on a regular basis. But you do all you possibly can to attempt to deserve it. You must play each recreation your finest. United’s patterns are higher. A superb run of outcomes. They are energetic, not simply reactive. They have good build-ups. They are a whole crew. I’ve a sense United is again. I at all times really feel favourite, however it’s important to show it, and I’ve an enormous respect for United. Hopefully United has huge respect for us.”

Manchester United make three adjustments to their final Premier League beginning XI. Of the crew named for the 3-0 dwelling win over Bournemouth, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire dropped to the bench, whereas Donny van de Beek is out for the season with a knee damage. Raphael Varane, Tyrrell Malacia and Fred step up.

Manchester City made two adjustments to the XI that began the 1-0 win at Chelsea. Manuel Akanji and Riyad Mahrez are in; Ilkay Gundogan drops to the bench whereas John Stones is injured.

Aymeric Laporte is also on the City bench.
Aymeric Laporte can be on the City bench. Photograph: Matt McNulty/Manchester City FC/Getty Images

The groups

Manchester United: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Shaw, Malacia, Eriksen, Casemiro, Fred, Fernandes, Martial, Rashford.
Subs: Heaton, Lindelof, Maguire, Martinez, McTominay, Mainoo, Antony, Elanga, Garnacho.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Haaland.
Subs: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Palmer, Lewis.

Preamble

Back in October, a mere 104 days in the past, City gained the Manchester derby 6-3, a scoreline that significantly flattered an abject United. But since having their trousers freshly laundered, pressed and handed to them neatly folded in a excessive hat, Erik ten Hag’s aspect have gotten their act collectively massive time. Of the 18 matches they’ve performed in all competitions since that humiliation, 15 have been gained, and just one has been misplaced. They’re at the moment on an eight-win sequence, boasting an ideal document since home soccer restarted after the World Cup. Tails spherical Old Trafford method are up.

City have not been fairly so clean since their sensational win. In ascending order of uncharacteristic averageness, they’ve misplaced at dwelling to Brentford, been held at dwelling by Everton, and crashed out of the League Cup at Southampton. They path league leaders Arsenal by 5 factors, hardly an insurmountable hole for a crew of City’s common brilliance … the one downside being, City aren’t at the moment enjoying to their common sensible commonplace. And so, for the primary time in fairly some time, they go into the derby barely not sure of themselves, with Pep Guardiola admitting {that a} repeat of their efficiency at St. Mary’s will spell actual bother towards in-form United.

Then once more, City had been astonishingly good within the first half of their FA Cup tie towards Chelsea. A reminder of how devastating they’re after they click on. And whereas United are trending upwards, they’re nonetheless very a lot a piece in progress, the Ten Hag period remains to be in its infancy, his crew benefitting from a fairly favorable run of fixtures. City, smarting from their midweek defeat and determined to remain on Arsenal’s tail, may ship a painful actuality examine.

All of which is a long-winded method of claiming you can make a case for each side. So good luck calling it! A second nine-goal affair in a row is unlikely … however would not it’s beautiful? Kick off is at 12.30pm GMT. It’s on!

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