In less than 24 hours, two of Premier League’s fiercest rivals, hailing from the same city will be crossing swords, hoping to seal the fate of a cross-city rivalry as Manchester Reds take on the Manchester Blues in the latest game week.
Both the teams will be coming to this fixture with contrasting interests but with the identical objective of a victory. Manchester United is currently in the fourth position with 47 points from 27 matches. Nothing short of a win will work for United as Arsenal is breathing heavily on United’s neck and has a couple of games in their hand that can easily propel them to the top four.
Manchester City, on the contrary, is involved in a fierce championship battle at the top of the points table with Liverpool where they will be eyeing three points to extend their lead at the top. A draw can do the trick but if Liverpool wins their game, the difference will be down to an inch.
When Ralf Rangnick’s wards will be taking the field, there will be two major talking points, one of which will be their profligacy upfront that witnessed the Devils sharing the spoils of war against Watford in their preceding encounter.
The second problem for United will be their ability to perform throughout both halves. In a bizarre development, the team has shown exorbitantly contrasting futures in either half of the game where one side of the breather has seen the team punching heroically above their weight while the other has seen them running to the hills for their life.
Manchester City, on the contrary, has always seemed like a well-oiled unit ever since Pep Guardiola has taken over. They will be relying heavily on their speed and high-press to dismantle Manchester United. However, given United’s firepower and the recent intimidating form of Paul Pogba will be a cause of concern for Guardiola and his men.
As we talk about the upcoming Manchester derby, we will take a quick look at the top three players to watch out for Manchester United who can make wonders happen:
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese marksman will definitely be Manchester United’s best hope if they are to overcome their rivals from across the other side of the city. Ron has struggled in the Premier League recently but his deft touches against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League tie and a storming display against Watford will be rising the hopes in the heart of the United fans.
#2 Jadon Sancho
With every passing contest, Sancho has seemed comfortable under the reign of Rangnick and he is slowly pulling the strings of destruction that he was roped in for at the start of the season. He has improved by leaps and bounds in terms of ball control, dribbles and shots. However, his speed is still to hit full throttle and once that happens, other teams will find it tough to contain the speed demon.
#3 David de Gea
When a team in the Premier League takes on Manchester City, it is quite obvious that their goalkeeper will have to pull off something magical in order for the remaining team to fire on all cylinders. With the shaky defence that United will be coming to the contest with, De Gea will have to pull off something magical if they are to keep their hopes alive against a rampant Manchester City.