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Manchester City vs. Manchester United: Three Imperative things to expect from the Manchester Derby.

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Manchester City host neighbours and city rivals Manchester United at the Etihad as the price for the league crown is inevitably at stake.

This fixture foresees one of the toughest battles of the weekend at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester (City and United) engage on a football tussle for 90 minutes.

This will be evident as both Premier League giants squares up this weekend.

The Manchester teams occupy the first and second place with league leg and it will be intriguing to see what happens at the Etihad as the Red Devils take on Manchester City.

On that note, we evaluate the three imperative features ahead of the match this weekend.

Managerial Tussle

Both managers Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) and Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) will be in for a battle as their teams go head to head out on the pitch this weekend.

The first leg ended 1-2 in favour of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as a taste of fortune gifted City the win.

United forward Romelu Lukaku made a harsh clearance in the box which fell into the path of opposing defender Nicolas Otamendi as the Argentine center back bundled the ball into the net to give the Citizens a 1-2 lead and an essential winner in the contest.

That is absolutely not a pleasing memory for Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho ahead of their visit to the Etihad.

Expect Jose to set-up his side in a tactical dimension that will curtail City’s attacking approach as Pep would aim to feast on United’s defense to complete a league double over the visitors and win the Premier League as well with 6 games to spare.

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Measure of Rivalry with Manchester City

This is one major thing that would be expected when both the teams do battle on the pitch come this weekend.

Manchester City and Manchester United have engaged in lots of fierce battles earlier and both teams will look rekindle their rivalry this weekend in the wake of Ray Wilkins’s death early this week.

Players of both the teams would not be leaving any stone upturned against each other as one of the intense rivalries returns at the Etihad.

It promises to be intriguing as both managers will instigate his players to avoid defeat particularly from United point of view. The Red Devils would not want the League title to be won this weekend at their expense, so expect all manner of antis to be deployed as both teams revealed their game plan on the field of play.

Top Class Football

Both sides will be expected to show case their talent irrespective of the managerial tussle and rivalry that exist among both the teams.

The hosts were sensational away at Everton as they won 1-3 at Goodison Park. United sealed a 2-0 home win over Swansea as Paul Lambert’s side could do nothing to halt United’s attacking play going forward.

The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard provided the assist for the both goals for United as Silva delivered an excellent performance for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City last weekend in the Premier League.

This is what we expect to see as the likes of Paul Pogba and David Silva held sway in midfield while the flaming talent of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial is expected to be on parades in as we count down to the big match of the weekend.

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Obiweluozo Martins
A professional sportswriter who combs around the world for football matches. I follow the major leagues in Europe and of course the Champions League. I'm also a lover of International football as well as watching the beautiful game from all around the world with an eye on the youth game.

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