Man United vs Man City
Round 15 of the Premier League has just finished, yet already the hype is building ahead of next weekend’s round of fixtures.
If Manchester United retain hopes of winning the league this season, they have to beat Man City at Old Trafford next Sunday.
United will come into the game eight points behind the Sky Blues.
Both sides won last weekend. United put in a superb performance beating Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. City came from behind to topple West Ham 2-1 yesterday.
Gary Neville on the Manchester derby
In his weekly podcast, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has looked into how United can beat City at the Theatre of Dreams.
Man City are one of just four clubs in the top leagues in Europe who have yet to beaten in domestic action.
After 15 games in the EPL, City have 14 wins and one draw.
So how can United inflict a first defeat on Pep Guardiola’s men? Neville has proposed the following:
They [United] might, for the first time this season, have just seen a little ray of hope, that there will be better teams than Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham, yet all came close.
All three played a certain way and got joy with certain things – counter-attack has been a problem for City this week, set-pieces and corners have been a problem this week, deep and compact defences have also been a problem this week in terms of breaking them down.
You would argue, given what happened at Arsenal on Saturday, that United do have that counter-attack ability with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard, and that they do have the ability to score from set-pieces, and they are a better defensive unit than Southampton or West Ham.
United will be confident going into the game because of what has happened this weekend for City, even though it has been a good week for City too, as they’ve scored three late winners and have taken maximum points.
Listen to the Gary Neville podcast below.