Manchester United v Manchester City Preview

Updated: April 10, 2015

01The Manchester Derby has become a fixture which almost always has huge implications on the Premier League since City’s takeover by Sheikh Mansour in 2008. A match which was once merely about the battle for local bragging rights has become way more than that now.

In United’s Sir Alex Ferguson era of English football dominance City could only hope to pull off a David vs Goliath upset but this has now become a heavyweight clash especially as United look ready to return to being a top team after last year’s David Moyes disaster.

United come into the game in their best form since Sir Alex. Louis Van Gaal’s men have won five straight games and taken 26 of a possible 36 points in 2015. United have ground out results all season, getting as much criticism for their play as praise for getting results when not playing well.

Their 3-0 win over Spurs in March seemed to be a turning point however. United were excellent that day, completely dominating a Tottenham side who still have aspirations of a top four finish themselves.

The same level of performance was achieved at Anfield a week later where a 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool was considerably less competitive than the score suggested.

A straightforward win against lowly Aston Villa latest didn’t require such high standards as United cruised to a 3-1 victory.

Having lost the last four Derbies United fans hope that they have hit form at just the right time to get their first win over the ‘Noisy Neighbours’ since the man who nicknamed City that.

Manchester City’s defeat at Crystal Palace was their third in five games. The defending Champions have taken just 18 points from 12 Premier League games in 2015. Manuel Pellegrini’s side had been in second place for months.

City’s only priority was catching Chelsea but all of a sudden they find themselves in the middle of the scrap for Champions League places. Already behind Arsenal and neighbours Manchester United, City head to Old Trafford this Sunday knowing that defeat would be catastrophic.

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