Manchester United v Manchester City – Preview

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There is a huge game at Old Trafford to look forward to on Saturday 6 November, as the Manchester rivals clash for the first time this season. Manchester United host Manchester City in the Premier League, with the game kicking off at 12.30pm.

Will Ole Gunnar Solksjaer still be at the wheel? 

After Man United were humiliated 5-0 by their other bitter rivals, Liverpool, in their last game at Old Trafford, many fans have been calling for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer to be sacked. But a 3-0 win at Tottenham might just have saved his job for now.

The defeat to Liverpool was a third loss in four games, but they have still been picking up some late wins in the Champions League, which seems to be stalling the inevitable.

Manchester City looking to retain the Premier League

Things werea bit more upbeat in the blue half of the city, with Pep Guardiola’s men very much in the race for the title with Chelsea, and Liverpool. However, a 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace has been a major set-back.

An opening day defeat at Spurs at the start of this campaign was a surprise, but City then went unbeaten in their next eight games with six wins and two draws. This included a 1-0 win at Chelsea and a 2-2 away draw at Liverpool in what was an incredible game.

Home and away form

Of United’s five home games of the season so far in the Premier League, they have managed to pick up just 7-points from a possible 15. Their campaign started well with a 5-1 defeat of Leeds United on the opening day, and that was followed up by another win at Old Trafford, this time beating Newcastle 4-1.

However, they have since lost 1-0 to Aston Villa, drawn 1-1 with Everton, before that thumping 5-0 defeat by Liverpool.

City lost on the opening day of the season at Tottenham but have gone on to pick up 10-points on the road from a possible 15. Two 1-0 wins at Leicester and at league leaders, Chelsea, really put down a marker by City, who have also drawn 2-2 at Liverpool and beaten Brighton 4-1.

Head-to-head 

Manchester United remained unbeaten in the Premier League last season against City. First, the sides played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, before United won 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw.

However, City did win 2-0 at Old Trafford in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup last term, with goals coming from John Stones and Fernandinho.

Despite City’s apparent dominance of English football in recent years, it is United who have the better head-to-head record over the last 20 games between the clubs in all competitions. The Red Devils have enjoyed 9 wins, compared to the Blues 8, with 3 games ending in draws, all of which were 0-0.

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