MANCHESTER UNITED Vs MANCHESTER CITY : Derby heavy weights clash in early season fixture

Manchester United vs Manchester City (Old Trafford)

Manchester United :

Team News

Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have all been cleared to play in Manchester United’s derby clash with Manchester City.

Left back Shaw withdrew from the England squad due to a calf issue, while co-full back Valencia needed to be looked at after international duty with Ecuador. Ex-Dortmund playmaker Mkhitaryan was a doubt with a knee complaint .but is now passed fit

Marouane Fellaini overcame a back trouble to play for Belgium on Tuesday, while Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are available despite hellish journeys back from the pair’s duties with Argentina. Young hotshot Marcus Rashford is pushing for a start after netting a hat-trick for England Under 21s in midweek, Mourinho was full of praise for the youngster describing him as good enough to be an important player in the side.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Romero, Johnstone, Valencia, Shaw, Darmian, Blind, Bailly, Rojo, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Smalling, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Young, Herrera Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Depay, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic, Rashford.

Luke Shaw (right) has overcome a calf problem to continue at left back for Manchester United

Luke Shaw (above) has overcome a calf problem to continue at left back for Manchester United

Manchester City 

Team News

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is set to make his Manchester City debut in Saturday’s derby against United at Old Trafford.

German internationals Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are also fit and could make it the team, while defender Bacary Sagna has recovered from a hamstring problem.

However, captain Vincent Kompany may have to wait a little longer as City are cautious he needs to be 100 per cent following repeated breakdowns. Striker Sergio Aguero begins a three-match suspension following his ban by the FA.

Provisional squad: Caballero, Bravo, Zabaleta, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Clichy, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Nolito, Iheanacho.

Claudio Bravo is swapping the frying pan of Barcelona for the fire of a Manchester derby

Claudio Bravo(Above) will expect a baptism of fire in the Manchester derby

Key match stats (supplied by Opta)


Kick-off: Saturday, 12:30pm

Odds (subject to change):

Manchester United: 11/8

Draw: 23/10

Manchester City: 5/2


Mark Clattenburg


Jose Mourinho (Manchester United)

Pep  Guardiola(Manchester City)

Head-to-head league record:

Manchester United wins: 20

Draws: 7

Manchester City wins: 11

Recent league form (latest result first):

Manchester United: WWW

Manchester City: WWW

After being on the wrong end of four Premier League Manchester derbies in a row, Manchester United are unbeaten in their last three against City (W2 D1).

The Citizens have failed to score in both Manchester derbies last season. They’ve not failed to score in three consecutive league meetings with Man Utd since October 1995 (a run of four). So that’s some consolation to hold on to.

The Red Devils have lost three of their last five home league meetings with Man City (W1 D1), more than they’d lost in the previous 29 (W15 D12 L2).

A Manchester City victory would be their 50th in Manchester derbies in all competitions. Manchester United have recorded 70 wins (51 draws).

Jose Mourinho has won just three of his 16 meetings with Pep Guardiola (D6 L7) – these wins came in La Liga and the Copa Del Rey with Real Madrid and in the Champions League with Inter (all vs Barcelona).

Manchester City won the last Manchester derby in which both clubs had new managers – 4-1 in September 2013 (Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes).

This is only the second time in league history that both Manchester City and Manchester United have won their opening three games in the same season. It also happened in 2011/12, when Manchester City won the league and Manchester United finished second.

Pep Guardiola didn’t win all four of his opening league games in charge of Barcelona B, Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola is the first Manchester City manager to win his first five games in charge of the club, while Jose Mourinho is the first boss to win his opening four games at Manchester United’s helm.

Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in Manchester derbies (all comps) – more than any other player in the history of this fixture.

Raheem Sterling scored twice against West Ham United on August 28, having scored the same number of goals in his previous 25 Premier League games combined.

Marcus Rashford scored the winner in the Manchester derby in March, becoming the youngest player to score in a Premier League Manchester derby (18y 141d).

Rashford became the youngest player to score a Premier League goal under the management of Jose Mourinho, with his winner against Hull on August 27 (18y 300d).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 41 times in his 34 league games since the start of last season.

Sergio Aguero has had a hand in 131 goals in 153 Premier League appearances for Manchester City (105 goals, 26 assists).

The last Manchester City player other than Sergio Aguero to score in this fixture was Yaya Toure in March 2014.

Both Managers are astute tactical brains and will no doubt be silently within themselves pinning to get one over the other considering the overwhelming psychological edge that will afford the winner. Their famed fractuous relationship stemming from their La-Liga management days, adding that extra bit of drama to what promises to be a real entertaining game for the neutral.

stats gotten courtesy :Dailymail UK

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