Preview: Manchester United v Manchester City – Barclays Premier League

Old Trafford, Manchester

Barclays Premier League

Sunday 12th April 2015, KO 16:00 GMT live on Sky Sports 1HD

Referee: Mark Clattenburg; Assistant Referees: S Beck & J Collin; Fourth Official: J Moss

Manchester United entertain Manchester City at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday afternoon. United are the in-form side winning their last five Premier League matches, with City not being in top form after slumping to an away defeat against Crystal Palace on Easter Monday. United and Arsenal leapfrogged City last weekend with the Red Devils moving up to third place in the league a point ahead of City, which would mean United would fortify their third position by four points should they take all three points this weekend.

Considering United were 22 points behind City last season with six places in-between both clubs, the City supporters must be wondering what is going on at the Etihad this season. On Monday evening there was a chorus of #PellegriniOut hash tags on Twitter, which made the blue side of Manchester, or Stockport look very fickle. We all know that is the case most of the time. You would think they have been granted with decades of success the way they were moaning. More than £1 billion spent on their team and the Premier League is still tough for them, not to mention the UEFA Champions League, which seems a waste of time for them to even enter the elite European tournament each season. City have many world-class players in their team, but they are not a team, they are just individual players who play for the same club.

Since the money arrived at the club in 2006, bandwagoners have jumped on the back of the club pretending that they have supported their side through thick and thin, yet struggle to fill their home stadium for the majority of the time whilst maintaining tickets were ‘sold out’, whatever that means. They they decide to extend the capacity of the ground, which is owned by Manchester City Council, hence bringing the possibility of ‘Bedroom Tax’ as there is a big chance those extra seats may not be used. Manuel Pellegrini recently stated that the club will continue to ‘buy’ the best players, rather than look to the Academy for future stars. What was the point in investing that massive amounts money into their Academy setup, only for the current manager to effectively say ‘you will never be good enough for my side’, that is the overall message he is sending out to the young players, who are effectively wasting their careers at the club who will remain and United’s shadow.

Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Robin van Persie, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling could all miss the derby. Each player is fit, but Van Persie and Shaw are not fit enough to play in the match. Smalling has been out through illness since the second England match of the international break, he will be subject to a late fitness test, so could still have a chance of playing a part in the match, with him being sent off in the reverse fixture back in November. Pellegrini could be without Vincent Kompany, who will also be subject to a late fitness test with Wilfried Bony, Stevan Jovetić and Dedryck Boyata also doubts.


Manchester United Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 31 matches, won 18, drawn 8, lost 5 and currently have 62 points

Scored 55 goals (1.77 goals per match) and conceded 28 goals (0.90 goals per match) – 2 Penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 10 matches

Clean sheet record 32%

Manchester City Statistics:

Based on Barclays Premier League 2014/15 [statistics taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 31 matches, won 18, drawn 7, lost 6 and currently have 61 points

Scored 63 goals (2.03 goals per match) and conceded 30 goals (0.97 goals per match) – 6 penalties

Longest unbeaten streak is 12 matches

Clean sheet record 32%

Top Scorers (all competitions):

Manchester United: 14 – Wayne Rooney, 10 – Robin van Persie, 8 – Juan Mata, 7 – Ander Herrera, 5 – Marouane Fellaini, 4 – Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, 3 – Own Goal, Chris Smalling, 2 – Daley Blind, James Wilson, 1 – Michael Carrick, Marcos Rojo, Ashley Young

Manchester City: 23 – Sergio Agüero, 11 – David Silva, 10 – Yaya Touré, 7 – Frank Lampard, 6 – Edin Džeko, James Milner, 5 – Stevan Jovetić, 3 – Samir Nasri, 2 – Fernandinho, Fernando, Pablo Zabaleta, 1 – Wilfried Bony, Gaël Clichy, Martín Demichelis, Jesús Navas, Jose Pozo

Manchester United Form: – WWWLWW

Last six matches: Aston Villa 3-1 W, Liverpool 2-1 W, Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 W, Arsenal 2-1 L, Newcastle United 1-0 W, Sunderland 2-0 W

Manchester City: – LWLLWL

Last six matches: Crystal Palace 2-1 L, West Bromwich Albion 3-0 W, Barcelona 1-0 L, Burnley 1-0 L, Leicester City 2-0 W, Liverpool 2-1 L

Head to Head:

Played 17 matches at Old Trafford in the Barclays Premier League:

Manchester United: Won 9, Drawn 4, Lost 4 – Scored 30 goal, conceded 23 goals and kept 5 clean sheets

Manchester City: Won 4, Drawn 4, Lost 9 – Scored 23 goals, conceded 30 goals and kept 2 clean sheets

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 13, Anders Lindegaard, 32. Víctor Valdés;

Defenders: 2. Rafael da Silva, 3. Luke Shaw, 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 6. Jonny Evans, 12. Chris Smalling, 33. Paddy McNair, 39. Tom Thorpe, 42. Tyler Blackett;

Midfielders: 7. Ángel Di María, 8. Juan Mata, 11. Adnan Januzaj, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Daley Blind, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 25. Antonio Valencia, 31. Marouane Fellaini;

Strikers: 9. Radamel Falcao, 10. Wayne Rooney, 20. Robin van Persie, 49. James Wilson

Doubts/Injuries: 3. Luke Shaw (hamstring), 12. Chris Smalling (illness), 20. Robin van Persie (ankle/foot) [injury details taken from]

Suspensions: 6. Jonny Evans (two matches) [suspensions confirmed by the]

Manchester City Squad:

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Goalkeepers: 1. Joe Hart, 13. Willy Caballero, 29. Richard Wright;

Defenders: 3. Bacary Sagna, 4. Vincent Kompany, 5. Pablo Zabaleta, 11. Aleksandar Kolarov, 20. Eliaquim Mangala, 22. Gaël Clichy, 26. Martín Demichelis, 38. Dedryck Boyata;

Midfielders: 6. Fernando, 7. James Milner, 8. Samir Nasri, 15. Jesús Navas, 18. Frank Lampard, 21. David Silva, 25. Fernandinho, 42. Yaya Touré;

Strikers: 10. Edin Džeko, 14. Wilfried Bony, 16. Sergio Agüero, 35. Stevan Jovetić, 78. Jose Angel Pozo

Doubts/Injuries: 4. Vincent Kompany (hamstring), 14. Wilfried Bony (ankle/foot), 35. Stevan Jovetić (muscular injury), 38. Dedryck Boyata (muscular injury) [injury details taken from]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Score Prediction:

Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City

Watch the Manchester derby with Sky Sports:

Manchester City’s title wins in 2012 and 2014 have been followed by troubled seasons where United’s rivals have stumbled badly and failed to rise to the challenge of defending the league title.

However, they have still won the last four derbies, and despite United’s recent run of form this is not the fixture that United fans ever take lightly.

A win for United at Old Trafford will mean so much more than just the three points – there’s the Champions League of course but it will also underline the late improvement United have made this season and what it means for their title chances next season.

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