Man City vs Man United match preview, latest injury news and key battles to watch out for

Which team will end up in top four?

Manchester City play host to city rivals Manchester United in a game that has been dubbed the most definitive for both clubs – United are currently sitting in fifth position on the table while City are fourth with one point ahead, a win for the Red Devils will see them exchange positions with the Citizens, a feat which Mourinho is desperate to achieve as both managers vie for a place in Champions League.

United have enjoyed more form in this closing stages of the League than City, the Red Devils have won their last three games and drew two of the last five while City have lost one, win two and draw two in their last five. The last time they met in the League, it was Pep Guardiola who smiled home with the three points as they won 2-1.

Team News

United have been somewhat decimated in defense. The recent injury to Marcos Rojo means United are without three centre backs including Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Juan Mata is yet on the recovery pane while Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not feature until 2018 after picking up a knee injury in their Europa cup game against Anderlecht. Meanwhile, Pobga limped off the pitch in the match against Burnley, he’s a major doubt for this game.

For Manchester City, Guardiola has given an update about his team ahead of the crunch tie and of his players with concern he said:

“David Silva real, real doubt – I don’t know if he will be ready to play after what happened in the first minutes in the semi-final,” Guardiola said.

“Gabriel has no pain at all so is ready but [after] three months out his physical condition is not optimal.

“Sergio is much better. Today he make a part of the training session. Tomorrow he will be ready.”

Key Battle between Kompany and Rashford

Rashford has been on fire since Jose Mourinho move him to an unfamiliar centre forward position. He scored against Chelsea and replicate the same feat when they knocked out Anderlecht out of the Champions League. Albeit he is 19years, he’ll be a baggage for Kompany who is expected to make his six Premier League appearances for this term.

Prediction

Manchester City 1   1 Manchester United

 

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