Intro: Manchester City vs. Manchester United
Manchester United travels just a few short miles to play one of the hottest teams in Europe on Sunday. Derby rivals Manchester City will be looking to continue their 20 match win streak and widen the game in the Premier League. Here’s the match preview: Manchester City vs. Manchester United.
Match Build Up
City are unbeaten in 28 games in all competitions; if they avoid defeat here they will set a new club record for games without defeat. The Citizens have also won each of their last 21 matches. This is the third ever longest run in all competitions among teams in the big five European leagues.
Manchester United are looking to win three consecutive away games in all competitions against Manchester City. It would be the first time since a run of four between November 1993 and November 2000. Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in both of their meetings with Manchester United this season (0-0 Premier League, 2-0 League Cup). The last team to record three shutouts against the Red Devils within a single season was Arsenal in 1998-99.
United have drawn their last three matches goalless in all competitions – they have never drawn four in a row goalless. The last Premier League side to do so was Spurs back in February 2001. City have lost three of their last five home league games against Manchester United (D1 L1), including a 1-2 defeat last season. They’ve not lost consecutive home league games against Man Utd since April 2010.
Manchester United Team News
As for Manchester United, Solskjaer confirmed on Friday that David de Gea has returned to Spain for the birth of his first child. That means Dean Henderson will keep his spot between the sticks. Phil Jones, Juan Mata and Pogba are all still unavailable through injury. Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek could return to the squad, having been absent against Palace.
Victor Lindelof is also expected to return in the heart of the defence as his back problem was protected against Palace. Daniel James is likely to feature on the right for the Red Devils while Greenwood could be the player to drop out in the final third. Edinson Cavani made his return from injury at Selhurst Park on Wednesday. The Uruguay international should retain his spot here.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani