We’re looking forward to the first Manchester derby of the 2020/21 Premier League season as Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Both clubs currently sit outside the top four but United are one place above their city rivals following four league wins in a row. That run has seen the Red Devils move up to sixth place going into the weekend, with City are one point and one place behind in seventh.
Can United bounce back after Champions League heartbreak?
Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League in midweek after a 3-2 defeat at RB Leipzig. They once again looked poor at the back and found themselves 3-0 down with an hour gone. As has been the case in recent weeks, United staged a fight back, but this time it was all too late.
The result will heap more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solksjaer despite their recent good league form. A 3-1 win at Everton was the catalyst for an upturn in their fortunes at the start of November and that result was followed by comeback wins at both Southampton and West Ham.
Those three away wins occurred either side of a 1-0 home success against West Brom, but this has been their only league win at Old Trafford this term.
City are already six points behind in the title race
Manchester City’s indifferent start to their Premier League campaign has continued, despite two comfortable home wins in their last two outings against Burnley (5-0) and Fulham (2-0). Their away form, which has so often been strong, has let them down this campaign with just two wins on the road at Wolves and Sheffield United.
The slow start means they are now six points behind Liverpool and Tottenham, who they have failed to beat in recent weeks. They were beaten 2-0 at Spurs following a 1-1 home draw with Liverpool.
Lots of firepower on show
One thing that both teams possess is quality goal scoring options. For the hosts, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood will carry the main threat again, ably supported by Bruno Fernandes who has been a revelation since his arrival at Old Trafford.
For the visitors, Sergio Aguero is likely to be on the bench despite a goal scoring return in the Champions League in midweek. But with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne amongst their ranks, City arrive with plenty of firepower against a shaky defensive set-up.
Recent Premier League head-to-head record at Old Trafford
When the clubs last met at Old Trafford in the Premier League back in March, United ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay. Prior to that though, City had enjoyed their visits to Old Trafford. They won the three previous encounters and had been unbeaten since 2015.
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