It doesn’t get any bigger than this as Manchester City takes on Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. It is one of the fiercest rivalries in English football, and no one would want to be on the losing side. The stakes are high this time around. Pep Guardiola is looking to win the EPL before making way for Pep Guardiola. While, LVG‘s job is on the line as a defeat could end all hopes for a top-four finish for the red devils.
United come into this game with a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, losing 3-1 on aggregate. This loss meant the elimination of Manchester United from the Europa League. The pressure is mounting on LVG as this could be his last game as United’s manager if his side fails to produce a positive result. Moyes was also sacked when UCL qualification was impossible. Defeat could increase the gap between the UCL spot to seven points, which would be too much to make up for with nine games to go.
There is some good news for United as City captain Kompany is out with a calf injury and his partner Otamendi is also a doubt with a knock. Manchester City players have taken their eye off the ball with three defeats in their last five EPL matches. The announcement of Pep’s arrival has created too many distractions for the players and the manager, and things are going south for the club in the league. While; Manchester United have only one of their last eight away games in the league and conceding eight goals in the process.
Aguero loves to play against United with 8 goals in 8 EPL fixtures. Manchester United need to contain Sergio Aguero to nick a victory. But with their poor defensive form, it looks like the little Argentinian will destroy LVG’s young team. Aguero will love to get one on one against Blind and beat him with his pace and trickery. On the other hand, De Gea has been carrying his side since the very start of the season, and he would be needed to be on top of his form if United want to get anything from the fixture.
It’s a must win game for City if they want to catch Leicester City. Aguero, Silva and Toure will be too much to handle for the underperforming United side, and fatigue will also come into play for the United players. I believe Cty have too much quality, and they will outclass Manchester United tomorrow.
Words by: Hassan Shahid