Manchester United is set to face their bitter rivals Manchester City for the first time in 2017/18 season when Pep Guardiola’s men travel to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester City sit atop the table with a lead of 8 points in the Premier League while United stand a distant second after 15 matches. Pep Guardiola’s team go into this tie after a comfortable 2-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League and on the back of 13 consecutive wins in the league, a feat previously matched by Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Reds are unbeaten at home for the last 40 matches in all competitions and will look to break a historic 51 years old record by registering a victory or a draw over their cross town rivals at home.
Going in a game of this magnitude on a back of a 40 game unbeaten streak at home is quite an impressive record to have with and a victory on sunday will go a long way into reducing the gap between the top two teams to just 5 points and also help in breaking the present aura and charisma that Pep’s unbeaten seem to have so far in the league.
In fact Manchester United’s prospects for the match has already attracted a number of bettors into utilizing one of the many bonus offers compiled here in the ultimate betting guide by punters, because of their status as probables in the League race.
The league has always been a priority for both the teams with both the managers having a point to prove after a stuttering campaign last season. Basically if Pep’s team wins they will be creating a premier league record of 14 consecutive victories and if they fail to win then United will be breaking their own historic club record. Quite some stakes for a match of this magnitude.
Also, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola being bitter rivals since their time in Spain, will look to freshen up the rivalry.
Ahead of Manchester City clash, we at Arsedevils provide you with the injury updates for the Red Devils.
Paul Pogba is bound to miss out the Manchester derby after being sent off in United’s last Premier League match against Arsenal.
The French talisman was sent off in the 74th minute for a reckless challenge on Hector Bellerin at the Emirates.
According to the Metro, Manchester United have decided against appealing the three-game ban handed to Paul Pogba ahead of Manchester City clash.
Nemanja Matic is also doubtful against the Sky Blues as the Serbian seems to fight an injury after being substituted in the early minutes of the second half.
Matic limped off the pitch after struggling to continue in the second half and was replaced by Ander Herrera in the 54th minute of the thrilling 4-2 victory over Watford.
When asked about Nemanja Matic, Jose Mourinho told MUTV before CSKA Moscow clash:
“Matic is injured and when I say he is injured, he is injured. I am not going to make him play so Matic is out.
Meanwhile, Zlatan Ibrahimovic seems to be alright for the Manchester derby with Mourinho asserting that the Swede is not injured.
Jose Mourinho told the press:
“Zlatan is not injured. Sometimes very hard work on the muscular area that supports the knee that had the problem and when the period for that hard work comes also the fatigue comes.”
Zlatan has been left out of the United squad for two consecutive matches at Arsenal and against CSKA Moscow after returning from the knee injury.
According to Manchester Evening News, United receive huge boost ahead of Manchester City clash with the return of Phil Jones.
Phil Jones trained at Carrington ahead of the CSKA Moscow clash, suggesting he is nearing a return to first-team contention.
Jones has been out since the international break picking up an injury on England duty.
Mourinho will hope to have both Zlatan and Jones available for the fixture against City which will be a great boost for United.
But Micheal Carrick, Eric Bailly and Marouane Fellaini, who is nearing the end of his contract and has been recently linked with Arsenal are still doubtful for the tie between the city rivals.
However, United gets a great boost in the form of David Silva, who may not be fit in time according to the news from The Independent.
David Silva felt some discomfort in the closing stages of City’s 2-1 victory over West Ham after suffering a knock.
Pep Guardiola speaking at his pre-match press conference at Ukraine, said:
“David had a little bit of problems in the last minutes. We made a test after the game and I don’t know if he is able to play on Sunday, so that’s why he stayed there, to recover in Manchester.”
Although David Silva seems to a doubt for City, but Mourinho would be severely limited for his options in midfield with so many first team players are unsure.
It remains to be seen how United line-up will look like with so many uncertain players for the bitter clash against Manchester City.
Hope the result comes out in favour of Manchester United.
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