Manchester United go into this Manchester Derby a point above their city rivals and will take confidence from their league form against Pep Guardiola’s men last season whilst the visitors will look to exploit United’s torrid home record this season, with the home side only winning one game at Old Trafford in the league this campaign.
The last time Manchester City came to Old Trafford and took all three points back with them was in April of 2019 where goals from Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva rounded off a dominant 2-0 victory. Since then their only win over Solskjaer’s side came in last year’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg in the form of another dominant display which saw the visitors win 3-1.
The Manchester United manager will be fully aware of the pressure he and his players are under after their unceremonious Champions League exit in midweek but a win in a Manchester Derby would no doubt do wonders for his side’s confidence and their league ambitions.
The two sides are currently separated by a single point in the table, with United sitting in seventh place on 19 points and Guardiola’s men sitting in eighth on 18 points, both having a game in hand on most teams above them.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial will play a part in the Derby after being side-lined for their game in midweek through injury. Edinson Cavani is still a doubt despite training with the team on Friday.
Pep Guardiola will be without Sergio Aguero for this weekend’s game but Ilkay Gundogan is available for the game after being taken off at half time in their midweek Champions League fixture against Marseille.
Sub-edited by Cameron Winstanley