Man United vs Man City: Manchester United and Manchester City square off in Old Trafford on Wednesday evening kick-off at 03:00Pm ETin what could prove to be a pivotal game in the blow-for-blow Premier League title race between Pep Guardiola’s holders and Jürgen Klopp’s challengers.
Event: Manchester Derby 2019
Team: Man City vs Man Utd
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Game Time: 3:00 p.m. ET.
Liverpool currently lead the table by two points after seeing off Cardiff last weekend and Guardiola will be only too aware that his side cannot afford any slip-ups in their game in hand over the leaders. Win, and City go a point clear while smashing the ball back into Liverpool’s court. Fail to pick up three points and the pendulum swings towards The Reds regaining their place on the perch made crudely famous by Sir Alex Ferguson many years ago.
The question is, of course, how much advantage do Manchester United want to hand their arch-rivals? Manchester City remain the “noisy neighbor” in terms of total title wins but in recent years, and particularly under Guardiola, they have more quietly assumed the loftier position in Greater Manchester. Given their own concerns – the slim chance of a top-four finish and the recent removal of any gloss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had added to the rusting hulk of the Ferrari Ferguson built – United have little choice but to give City a game.
The issue is for a side that has lost three of their last five in the Premier League is that most sides who have tried that this season have been annihilated by City’s electric attacking football.
Manchester United XI: De Gea; Shaw, Lindelöf, Smalling, Young; Pogba, Matic, McTominay; Lingard; Rashford, Sánchez.
Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; D. Silva, Fernandinho, B. Silva; Sterling, Agüero, Sané.
Manchester City can take a major step towards securing the Premier League title if they can inflict more misery on neighbours United in tonight’s pivotal Manchester derby. Pep Guardiola’s side would move a point clear of Liverpool at the summit of English football with just three games of the season left if they win at Old Trafford.
Sections of United’s support would rather neighbours City win the title at the expense of arch-rivals Liverpool, who will be hoping for a major favour from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in their quest to end their 29-year wait for a league trophy.