United v City: Match Preview

By Brayden May

Manchester United prepare to go head-to-head with arch-rivals Manchester City this weekend as they welcome them to Old Trafford.

Rival managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola are set to meet for the first time in England as the pair prepare their sides for the all-important clash.

Both teams enter the match in great form, having won all three of their opening Premier League games this far this season.

City currently sit in first place on the table, with United in third with only goal difference separating the pair heading into the weekend.

United are coming off a 1-0 win against Hull City, prior to the international break, with substitute Marcus Rashford scoring the winner in injury time after a well delivered cross from Wayne Rooney.

pep-guardiola-jose-mourinho.jpgThe visitors meanwhile got a 3-1 win at home last start, with winger Raheem Sterling maintaining his strong early season form with a brace.

Rashford got the winning goal last time out between the pair as he continued his fine start to his young Manchester United career, scoring the only goal of the game back in March, earlier this year.

In team news, summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan remains the only major doubt for the Red Devils having picked up an arm injury during the international break, which saw the Armenian international return to Carrington training complex early in order to begin his rehabilitation.

Doubts remain over the availability of Antonio Valencia who along with Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero arrives back into Manchester just 24 hours before the clash with City.

Luke Shaw will feature despite being sent home from international duty with England after complaining of aches in his leg which he broke in a horrific incident last season.

For the visitors Sergio Aguero is set to serve the first game of his three-match can for elbowing West Ham defender Winston Reid, which saw the Argentinian charged with violent conduct.

Summer signing Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane have resumed full training following injury and are a chance to make their debuts for their new club, with fullback Bacary Sagna also a possibility to return from injury.

City’s new shot stopper in Claudio Bravo may be thrusted into the heat of the derby with it being reported that Guardiola is set to hand the former Barcelona man his debut.

Heading into the 172nd edition of the Manchester Derby, United still have the wood over their neighbours having claimed 71 wins, to City’s 49 and a total of 51 draws coming between the pair.

Jose Mourinho will be hoping to improve his record against Guardiola with the Portuguese currently trailing 7-3 in 16 meetings between the pair.

Captain Wayne Rooney will be looking to continue his strong record in these matches having scored 11 goals in the fixture, the most of any active player.

Fans of both sides will be hoping that the match can live up to the expectations and the hype which has surrounded this fixture since the date was announced.

Old Trafford is sure to be bouncing, and that little bit of extra support should be enough to get United over the line.

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