Match: Manchester United – Manchester City
Date: October 25, Sunday, 2015
Start time: 13:05 GMT
Manchester United meet city rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon at “Old Trafford” in the match of the 10th round of the Premier League. This is an ideal chance the team of Louis van Gaal to send a message to competitors in the battle for the title. City currently hold first place in the standings after two points ahead of “Reds” and Arsenal.
The first Manchester derby of the season may be coming at a great time for United fans to appreciate how far the team has come under the leadership of Van Gaal. Dutch specialist spend a fairly large amount of new additions, but still seemed to lack something in the game of the team.
After losing during his visit to Swansea in the fifth round Manchester United recorded three straight wins before losing heavily Arsenal 0:3 of “Emirates”. After a break for the national teams, however, “Red Devils” make it up to his fans with victory over Everton 3: 0 as a guest and are now returning home in a better mood. During the week the team visited CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and reached the 1:1 draw thanks to the goal of Marseille.
Van Gaal will have to decide on how to start in attack – whether Marcial be a lone striker Wayne Rooney or his partner up front. In the first option Rooney will act behind the youngster and the second Juan Mata can play this role. If the Dutch specialist start with one striker, then Mata will play on the wing at the expense of Memphis waste that is not in good shape.
Manchester City :
After the defeat of Tottenham Hotspur 1:4 at the end of September, the City raised turnovers and scored 11 goals in their last two league games. “Citizens’ wrecked consistently Newcastle 6:1 and Bournemouth 5:1. Victory over Newcastle came courtesy of a five-star Sergio Aguero, who, however, was injured in the match for his national team and missed the derby.
Members of the City expect to see the return of captain Kompany in central defense. The Belgian international was left the reserve in the last few games the team. Aleksandar Kolarov does make a strong match against Sevilla and is very likely to have earned the trust of Pellegrini and launch holder. The attack team will be led by Wilfried Bony through injury of Sergio Aguero. Bonnie will have the support of one of the best midfielders in the Premier League – Jesus Navas, Rahiym Stirling and Kevin December SEEBRIG. In the middle of the pitch not Fernandinho and Yaya Toure partnered excellent and is unlikely to change in the heart of midfield of “citizens”.
Manchester City won six of their last eight Manchester derbies in the league – before City had come out as a winner in only six of the previous 42 games.
Arsenal won six of their last nine league games, and they enter the game against Everton in a series of three consecutive poedi over Leicester City, Manchester United and Watford last weekend.
The home team played strong at home under the guidance of Louis van Gaal after has 17 wins from 23 games in the Premier League, making 74 percent success rate. In upcoming match, however, it is difficult to predict the winner as both teams have great players.
In the last 10 derbies in all competitions have fallen 41 goals (4.1 goals per game). This statistic is indicative that the two panels are not wasting their time in games with each other and seek hits. Although Rooney is not in his best form, and guests are without Aguero, I expect consecutive match in the Manchester derby.