Game Time: 11 AM EST/16 PM GMT
Arena: Etihad Stadium
US TV: NBC Sports Network
Finally it has arrived! The first Manchester derby of the year is here and will feature two teams both with new managers. I can’t stress enough how important this game is for both teams. From City’s perspective, a win over United would make them tied for first while providing a huge boost of morale. On the other hand, United need to win this game to prove that they still are a championship-caliber team under David Moyes.
If you look at the league table, City and United are 7th and 8th, respectively, each with 7 points. While it is still too early to speculate about points and standings, it is important to note that two losses in only 5 games for United would be detrimental. Especially considering that both of those losses would come to some of United’s biggest competitors for the title.
It will be an interesting one at Etihad. Each team dons new players and new managers, so you can’t look back at past results to determine this one.
Interesting Match Facts
David Moyes has won 9 of his last 12 matches against City. If the current trend continues, United should have little trouble bringing 3 points back to Old Trafford.
Apparently Jesus Navas is so fast that he once broke a treadmill.
Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov; Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri; Aguero, Dzeko
Man Utd: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Fellaini, Valencia, Nani, Rooney; Van Persie
Notable injuries for United include Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck.
I’m going to say a 2-1 win for United in this game. With Rooney back in form and newly added midfielder Fellaini in the fold the Red’s should have the upper hand in this one. It will be a close game and it’s really a coin-flip as to who will win.
If United can shut down City’s attack then they stand a chance. Jesus Navas’s skill and speed will be an issue, so Smalling and Evra will have to be at the top of their game.
Needless to say, this one will be interesting.
Let’s Go United!