The rivals meet at Old Trafford in anticipation fixture on Saturday at noon

With the club currently in fourth position in the league and the Carabao Cup semifinals, Manchester United have performed admirably in every game. Ten Hag has made strides, and now that they are going up against local competitors, their ongoing development under the Dutch manager will be put to the test.

While Manchester City lost shockingly to Southampton in the League Cup, it was only a brief blip in their stellar run in the Premier League, and Pep Guardiola is aware that these minor setbacks shouldn’t have an impact on subsequent matches.

Kick-off: 6 pm (IST) 12:30 pm (GMT)

Manchester United form (all competition): L-W-W-W-

Manchester City form (all competition): W-D-W-L-W

Players to watch

Manchester United

Casemiro

Many had previously stated that the former Real Madrid player wouldn’t be able to demonstrate his talents, but Casemiro has been fantastic and now appears to be one of the Premier League’s top midfielders. The Brazilian will play a significant role in this match because of his positioning system, long passing range, and command of the midfield. These attributes have helped United maintain a high level of control throughout matches.

Manchester City

Erling Haaland

The 22-year-old put three past United the last time they faced off, and he would like to repeat that feat this time. The former Borussia Dortmund star, who was rested against the Saints, has been outstanding and has made scoring goals a habit. He will look to perform at his peak at Old Trafford.

Match facts

  • More than any other league opponent, United has suffered more home losses to City (8).
  • In their last three encounters with City, United has given up 12 goals, including six goals this year.
  • After 152 games with Barcelona, 102 with Bayern Munich, and 246 with City, this will be Guardiola’s 500th game in command.
  • Both Haaland and Phil Foden had hat-tricks against United in the last game, the last player to score was Sergio Aguero in 2014-13 and the last English player to do so was Shaun Wright-Phillips (2003-04).

Injury and team news

While Donny van de Beek is anticipated to miss the entire month of January due to a hamstring injury, Diogo Dalot is recovering and will return in a few days. Jadon Sancho’s return to full fitness is still uncertain, and this is still the case.

Only Ruben Dias is available for City, and he won’t be back until late January due to hamstring problems. Jack Grealish is unwell and is questionable for the game.

Head-to-Head

Matches: 187

Manchester United: 77

Draws: 53

Manchester City: 57

Read full record here: Manchester United vs Manchester City: Head-to-Head record

Predicted lineup

Manchester United predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Martinez, Shaw, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial

Manchester City predicted lineup (4-3-3):

Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Stones, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva, Maharez, Foden, Haaland

Prediction

This will be a head-to-head contest since United are looking strong and City won’t want to widen the gap from leaders Arsenal. Manchester City will undoubtedly bounce back from their loss to the Saints and start new against United.

While the Old Trafford club has significantly improved to become a difficult side and will not make things easy for their opponents, City have players with abilities that can enable them to overcome United.

Prediction: Manchester United 3-2 Manchester City

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