Manchester derby - preview, team news, predicted lineups

Manchester United v Manchester City – Match preview and predictions

United host City in the latest edition of the Manchester Derby on Wednesday night, in what could prove to be the most crucial game between the two rivals in recent seasons.

Here’s all you need to know about the clash at Old Trafford…


Manchester United: LWLWL

Three defeats in five in the league, and six in eight in all competitions has seen the initial bounce from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment grind to a halt. Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing at Everton was the low point of the Norwegian’s reign so far, and the 46-year-old will be looking for a reaction from his players when local rivals City visit Old Trafford.

In a fixture that could huge implications for both clubs, Manchester United need the points as they look to finish in the top four. Solskjaer’s side currently sit two points outside the Champions League places, and can barely afford any further slip-ups.

Ashley Young has come under fierce criticism in recent weeks, whilst the likes of Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Marcus Rashford have performed well below expectations.

As always, form tends to go out of the window when it comes to derby clashes, and Solskjaer will be hoping his side can deliver at Old Trafford. Victory would put a huge dent in their rivals title hopes, which could add extra motivation.

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Manchester City: WWWWW

The dream of the ‘quadruple’ is over for City, though Pep Guardiola’s side remain firmly on course for a domestic treble. 10 straight league wins leaves the destination of the Premier League title in their own hands, and they will become the first side since United in 2009 to retain the title should they win their remaining four games.

Guardiola has said he believes Man City will have to be flawless to be crowned champions, such is the form of title rivals Liverpool, and the trip to Old Trafford looks their most difficult test on paper.

Kevin De Bruyne will miss out having been injured against Tottenham on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see if Guardiola gives Phil Foden another opportunity. The 18-year-old impressed against Spurs, scoring the winner for his first Premier League goal.

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Predicted Lineups

Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, Bernardo Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Who is the referee?

Andre Marriner.

What TV channel is Manchester United v Manchester City on?

UK readers can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event, while those in the US can watch the game on NBC Sports Live.

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What time is kick off?

20:00 BST.


Manchester United – 11/2

Draw – 18/5

Manchester City – 4/9

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