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Manchester City Vs Manchester United Today At 5:30pm
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:07:08 PM »
 

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The Red Devils boss was pleased to confirm a quadruple boost with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera all returning to fitness this week while Daley Blind has also returned to training.

Jones hasn’t featured for United in almost two months after picking up an injury during the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United while Rojo hasn’t played for the Red Devils since the win over Huddersfield in early February.

Herrera was an unused substitute during the win over Swansea last weekend but he’s built-up his fitness this past week after recovering from a hamstring injury and the trio are now available for selection.

Blind may be a little short to be in contention tomorrow evening after only recently returning to training following an ankle injury but the Dutch international is no longer on the casualty list.

That means United have virtually a fully-fit squad to choose from with Sergio Romero the only absentee as the keeper is still a few weeks away from returning from a knee injury that he picked up while on international duty with Argentina.

Setting the scene: The Reds make the short trip across town to the Etihad Stadium for the second Manchester derby of the season this weekend. United will be looking to avenge the 2-1 defeat against City at Old Trafford back in December and further consolidate second place in the Premier League, but it will be a tough task against the leaders, who will be looking to put their emphatic UEFA Champions League defeat at Liverpool in midweek behind them. 

How can I follow it? Saturday’s big match kicks off at 17:30 BST and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports. MUTV subscribers on Sky or Virgin Media, the MUTV app, or online at MUTV.com can enjoy match build-up from 15:30 BST on the Match Day show and listen to radio commentary of the game, before watching it in full on Sunday at 18:00 BST. You can also keep up with all the action as it happens via ManUtd.com's live match blog and our official Twitter account @ManUtd.

What’s the team news? The boss confirmed in his MUTV interview on Friday that he will have a fully fit squad to choose from, with the exception of goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who is expected to be out “for a few weeks” after sustaining an injury on international duty with Argentina. Mourinho could give a further update on his squad in Friday’s pre-match press conference. Meanwhile, City could be without top scorer Sergio Aguero, who missed Wednesday’s 3-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat at Liverpool through injury and will be assessed after a training session on Friday afternoon. John Stones and Fabian Delph were unused substitutes at Anfield and could be involved on Saturday after recent injuries, but Benjamin Mendy is expected to remain sidelined.

How have we been doing? The Reds enter our first match of the penultimate month of the campaign in fine fettle overall, winning the last four games in the Premier League including notable victories over Liverpool and Chelsea at Old Trafford. United have also bounced back from the disappointing UEFA Champions League exit with successive 2-0 wins at home either side of the international break, against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Emirates FA Cup and Swansea City in the league last Saturday.

What about City? Pep Guardiola’s side have enjoyed a formidable season so far, in which they have won the Carabao Cup, reached the last eight of the Champions League and are close to securing the Premier League title. The Blues have won their last five Premier League games, scoring 14 goals and conceding just twice, since a 1-1 draw at Burnley on 3 February and enter the match on the back of Wednesday’s dismal 3-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg loss against Liverpool at Anfield. It's only the third time they have failed to score in a match this season and leaves them with a mountain to climb ahead of the second leg at home next Tuesday.

What’s our record like against them? Historically, the Reds have a strong record against our near neighbours heading into the 176th Manchester derby – winning 72 and drawing 52 of the previous 175 encounters. United also hold the edge in the 40 Premier League encounters between the sides, winning 20 to City’s 13 while there have been eight draws – including the goalless stalemate in last season’s corresponding fixture 12 months ago. The Reds lost out in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in December; David Silva opened the scoring for the visitors before Marcus Rashford levelled matters on the stroke of half-time, but Nicolas Otamendi’s 54th-minute effort proved the difference.

One to watch: In a team packed with multi-talented superstars, Kevin De Bruyne has been the shining light for City this season and is deservedly in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award. The Belgian playmaker, who has been instrumental in many of City’s wins this season, has scored 11 goals and registered 20 assists in all competitions this term. Capable of opening up any defence, De Bruyne is the chief orchestrator for Guardiola’s side and the Reds will have to be alert to nullify his considerable threat.

What they said: Juan Mata is keen to give the Reds faithful a performance they deserve in Saturday’s derby. Writing in his blog, the Spaniard said: “This game doesn’t come in an ideal situation, for there’s quite a gap of points between the two of us, but we all know that it’s a special game. We’re looking forward to playing against them and having a good performance. That’s what our fans deserve.”

Did you know? Our last derby matchwinner in the league was Marcus Rashford, whose dream introduction to first-team life in the spring of 2016 was capped with the only goal of the game in his first taste of the derby at senior level, while that strike at the Etihad also made him United’s youngest derby goalscorer in the Premier League era.

Will defences be on top? Perhaps unsurprisingly given the fact the top two teams in the division are up against each other, Saturday’s game will bring together the best defences in the Premier League this season, with United conceding 23 goals and City just 21 in 31 games so far. The Reds have kept clean sheets on our last two visits to the Etihad Stadium and David De Gea is leading the way in the race for the Golden Glove with 16 shut-outs in the league, two more than City’s Brazilian stopper Ederson who is in second place.

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