Manchester City will look to put Manchester United in their place when the teams meet in a Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, 11 November 2018, kick-off at 18h30 CAT.
City comes into the game on the back of a 6-1 destruction of Southampton in their last league outing, featuring an own goal and strikes from Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Raheem Sterling (two) and Leroy Sane.
The result put Pep Guardiola’s men at the top of the log on 29 points from 11 matches – two points clear of nearest chasers Chelsea (second) and Liverpool (third).
Despite this, their manager was critical of the win over the Saints, essentially because the Citizens conceded an unnecessary goal – the first they have shipped in the league since beating Newcastle United 2-1 in early September.
Such solidity at the back is something United can only dream of, having failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last seven league outings. The latest such example was a 2-1 win over Bournemouth this past weekend.
Jose Mourinho admitted after the game that his team should have been several goals behind at halftime, such was their disorganisation at the back, but in the end, they claimed all three points thanks to a last-gasp goal from Marcus Rashford.
The youngster may well lead the attack for the Red Devils, with Romelu Lukaku struggling for fitness and form, but their real ace in the forward line is Anthony Martial. The Frenchman looks to be in superb form after netting five goals in United’s last four league matches.
City will not only be looking to extend the nine-point and six-place gap that currently exists between the teams on the log, but also avenge the surprise 3-2 loss they suffered at the hands of United in the back end of last season: the Red Devils came from two goals down to claim a victory which temporarily put on hold the Citizens’ title celebrations.
Man City v Man United – Head-to-Head, Premier League.
In all, City and United have crossed swords in 42 Premier League matches: the red side of the rivalry has 21 wins compared to 13 for the sky blues, while eight games have been drawn.
Matches played 42
City wins 13
United wins 21
Last five results (Premier League only, most recent first)