Prem Preview : Man City-Man United
The Manchester Derby takes centre stage in this week’s Premiership programme.
Manchester City did their near neighbours a huge favour last week with a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. They will certainly want to continue in the same vein and ensure that they can deal Sir Alex’s men a similar blow.
Man United for their part know the importance of the game. They have failed to perform in the Manchester derby in recent years, most notably in the away tie. Last seasons thrashing was humiliating and indicative of the nature of their season.
They must ensure that they put aside any thoughts of the title, and play the game. Manchester City have already stated their desire to keep any anti- Glazer protests from the United fans away from the game, and the players must ensure that they ignore any outside influences in the build up.
Both managers will be desperate to get the better of the other. The 0-0 draw at Old Trafford earlier this season was a one sided affair, but the result was far more disappointing for the team in red. If United are to keep the pressure on at the top they must win this match.
Keegan for his part, will want to stock up on good memories as his career winds down. He is supposedly staying for at least another season, but it is very possible that he could be on his way at the end of this.
CURRENT FORM :
Man United : WWLWWW
United’s form has been excellent, but the old derby clichés suggests that has no baring here. They are however the confident side and will expect to win the match.
Man City : DLWLDD
City’s confidence would have swelled after shutting out Chelsea. Good results against the likes of Arsenal in recent months show they have abilities.
Man United : Ronaldo is likely to miss the game after being injured by Damien Duff on international duty.
Ferdinand and Giggs are fit, Silvestre is suspended.
Man City : Mcmanaman is likely to come in for the suspended Bosvelt, otherwise the same team as drew with Chelsea.
PLAYER TO WATCH:
Man United : Roy Keane
Keane’s performances have been excellent this season. His tenacity and example should ensure that United keep a good tempo and don’t allow their level to drop. Important that he dominates in the derby atmosphere.
Man City: Robbie Fowler
Fowler’s dislike of United is evident, and he will put every effort into ensuring that they don’t get the three points. Playing a lone role upfront, will be City’s only danger.
Man United : Carroll, G Neville, Ferdinand, Brown, Heinze, Scholes, O’Shea, Keane, Giggs, Rooney, Saha
Subs : Howard, P Neville, Fortune, Miller, Bellion
Man City : James, Mills, Dunne, Distin, Thatcher, Sibierski, Mcmanaman, Musampa, Barton, S Wright-Phillips, Fowler
Subs : Weaver, Onouha, Macken, B Wright-Phillips, Jordan
City didn’t manage a shot on target in drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford, and although at home, expect a similar sort of match. United are dominant at the moment and are unlikely to suffer the same sort of performance as last season. They need the points in the title race and will get them.
City 0-2 United
Good stuff Mr.Webber!