Manchester United Starting XI Prediction at Manchester City


Although there has been an obvious gap between the overall quality and achievements of the two Manchester clubs since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the head to head has actually remained consistently close. Manchester United may have not won a trophy in the past half decade, but they have kept it quite close in the series with Manchester City, the trophy machine of a club, over that same period of time.

Even the goal differential itself is pretty even across this stretch. Also, United seem to do better in the road portion of the Manchester Derby.

Manchester Derby FYIs

Kickoff: Sun Mar 6, 430pm, City of Manchester Stadium

Team News:  Manchester City   Manchester United

Starting XI Predictions:  Manchester City   Manchester United

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PL Form Guide: Manchester City WLWWD Manchester United DWWDD

PL Position: Manchester City 1st, 66 pts   Manchester United 4th, 47 pts

Result Probability: Manchester City 69%   Manchester United 18%   Draw 13%

Odds: Manchester City -250   Manchester United +650   Draw +360

Let’s look at who United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick might select for his first team in the Premier League weekend’s headliner fixture on Sunday.

Manchester United Starting XI Prediction at Manchester City

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Telles; Pogba, McTominay; Elanga, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo

Fearless Prediction

No matter what happens, we can confidently say that this edition should be better than the goalless draw in December 2020, as that was the worst Manchester Derby ever.

Going score draw here: 1-1

Paul M. Banks is the owner/manager of The Bank (TheSportsBank.Net) and author of “Transatlantic Passage: How the English Premier League Redefined Soccer in America,” as well as “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry.”

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