Encounters between these two sides in recent seasons have on the whole not disappointed in terms of world class football and quality goals. City’s last win against their rivals, in all competitions, came in last season’s FA cup semi final where Yaya Toure’s second half strike was enough to settle the tie. Despite just the one goal, the game was played at a fast and exhilarating pace.
The community shield on the 7th August was their first meeting this season. The red devils won 3-2 but the contest was hotly contested by City, who were 2-0 up at half time. Nani was able to create a winner in the 93rd minute, after a defensive mix up from Kompany.
Wayne Rooney’s fantastic Bicycle kick was the deciding goal in another even encounter in the two side’s last league meeting. In fact, City fans have to look back as far as February 2008 for their team’s last league win in the derby. So why might their meeting tomorrow be one to watch?
So far this season, both halves of Manchester have lit up the premier league with their lightening quick football and goals. Great individual performances have been aplenty for both sides with Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Nani, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for united and Edin Dzeko, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero have all sparkled for City.
A glance at the table, and you will see that City lead with 22 points, with United trailing by just two points. A win for United will not only put them top, it would also bring City closer to the other teams close behind.A win for City would put them five points ahead and would give them great momentum to increase that lead.
How they might line up:
Manchester United- They will most likely play Nani and Young on the wings, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are sure to take the CB roles. If Sir Alex Ferguson opts to use Park Ji Sung, as he often does in the big games, then Rooney will most likely be up front with Park supporting. If Park does not play, Hernandez could be used up front with Rooney dropping just behind.
Manchester City- Mancini has a plethora of multi-million pound attacking talent at his disposal. Balotelli, Silva and Aguero are the ones he will most likely line up front leaving a disgruntled Edin Dzeko and frustrated Samir Nasri on the bench. Gareth Barry is sure to hold the midfield and Yaya Toure is most likely to be in front of him. Mancini though must be careful as Adam Johnson, Pablo Zabaleta and James Milner have all impressed when used, so they will want to start to.