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Manchester City vs Manchester United: Team News, Possible Lineups & Score Prediction

Published: Updated: 03:39, 1 Mar 2024
By snatching a point from Manchester City, United can damage their title hopes

The Premier League Gameweek 27 is set for an exciting battle as Manchester City prepares to host cross-city rivals, Manchester United, for the 192nd time. The two teams are on divergent paths this season, with the Red Devils struggling and the Cityzens enjoying a rich vein of form. This article will delve into their current standings and what this fixture could mean for both sides.

Manchester United suffered their tenth loss of the season last week against Fulham, leaving them trailing 15 points behind their city rivals. Their inconsistent performance throughout the season has left them in a precarious position in terms of securing a top-four finish.

On the other hand, Pep Guardiola's side seems to have hit its stride at just the right time. With eight consecutive wins and an unbeaten run that stretches back to early December in league play, they are showing signs of championship potential.

Despite their recent success, Cityzens faces a challenging series of fixtures ahead. They will be up against formidable opponents like Liverpool and Arsenal before March ends - matches that could significantly influence their title chances.

Currently sitting in second place - one point behind Liverpool and one above Arsenal - these upcoming games hold immense importance for Guardiola's team.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Team News

Manchester City's Jack Grealish is currently the only major doubt for his team. The talented midfielder has been a key player in Pep Guardiola's squad this season, contributing significantly to their attacking prowess. His potential absence could be a significant blow to City’s offensive strategy.

Manchester City possible starting lineup: Ortega; Walker, Dias, Ake; Rodri, Stones; B Silva, Alvarez, De Bruyne, Doku; Haaland

In addition to Grealish, Josko Gvardiol is yet to return to action. However, there seems to be some positive news on that front as Guardiola confirmed last week that the defender was nearing his comeback. If he returns in time for the derby, it would certainly bolster City's defensive line.

On another note that might worry Manchester United fans and delight those of Man City, Erling Haaland has declared he is "finally feeling good" after a frustrating season plagued by injuries. Known for his goal-scoring abilities and physical presence on field, Haaland’s return could potentially tip the scales in favor of Manchester City.

For Manchester United, captain Harry Maguire missed out on their recent game against Forest due to fitness concerns. A decision regarding his participation in the derby will need to be made based on further assessments of his condition.

Manchester United possible starting lineup: Onana; Dalot, Kambwala, Evans, Lindelof; McTominay, Mainoo; Forson, Fernandes, Garnacho; Rashford

Unfortunately for United fans though, Rasmus Hojlund will definitely miss out on this crucial match-up due to injury concerns as well. Other notable absences include Mason Mount, Tyrell Malacia,Lisandro Martinez and Anthony Martial - all key players whose absence may impact United’s performance during this high-stakes game.

Manchester City vs Manchester United Prediction

Ten Hag's team has been struggling lately with their performance on the field. Teams are finding it easy to penetrate their defense and score goals against them. This is a worrying trend for any team but especially so for one about to face off against a formidable opponent like City.

On the other hand, City has been in excellent form this season. Their players have shown great synergy on the field and they have consistently outperformed their opponents in both offense and defense. This makes them a daunting adversary for any team that crosses their path.

Given these circumstances, there are several reasons why an upset by Ten Hag’s side over City seems improbable. Firstly, the ease with which teams have been able to play through Ten Hag’s side indicates significant weaknesses in their defensive strategy.

Secondly, with consistent performances from all players and strong tactical execution from their coach, City is currently at peak performance level making them tough competitors for any opposing team including Ten Hags'. Lastly but importantly is momentum; unfortunately for Ten Hag’s side they seem to be lacking this vital element at present.

While upsets can never be completely ruled out in sports - after all that's what makes games exciting - current indications suggest that seeing Ten Hag’s team topple over City would indeed be shocking news for sports fans worldwide.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Manchester United

Manchester City vs Manchester United will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR

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