Man City vs Man Utd Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score

By on September 21, 2013

Etihad Stadium Man City

Manchester City welcome fierce rivals Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the first Manchester derby of the season.

The game will see Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes given their first taste of a Manchester derby since taking over at their new clubs in the summer, and it gives both sides the opportunity to deal an early blow to their rivals title hopes.

Both City and United have made stuttering starts to the new season having drawn one and lost one of their opening four games, although Moyes would point out that his side have endured the more difficult start having played Chelsea and Liverpool already.

The Scot will also be buoyed by his own personal record at the Etihad that’s seen him win on four of his last six visits while he was Everton boss, so he’ll be looking to continue that superb run this weekend.

City head into the game after a comfortable 3-0 win over Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday while United also got off to a winning start in the Champions League with a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford.

United won the corresponding fixture in dramatic fashion last season, with Robin Van Persie scoring an injury-time winner to secure a 3-2 win, and Moyes would bite your hand off if you offered a similar result this time around.

Team News

Man City have received a major boost after captain Vincent Kompany came through ninety minutes in midweek and is fit to face the champions. The Belgian hasn’t featured in the Premier League since the opening day of the season but is expected to continue alongside Nastasic at the back on Sunday.

Pellegrini could also recall David Silva after the midfielder returned to training on Friday, while Micah Richards and Gael Clichy are also close to making a comeback. However, Martin Demichelis remains out with a knee injury.

Summer signing Alvaro Negrado is pushing for a start in place of Edin Dzeko up front.

Moyes is unlikely to make too many changes from the side that beat Leverkusen in midweek but Ashley Young could come back in for Shinji Kagawa – who started his first game of the season against the Germans.

Danny Welbeck remains a doubt and with Phil Jones and Rafael still unavailable, it looks as though Chris Smalling will continue to fill in at right back.

Likely Line-Ups

football formations

Key Man

Wayne Rooney: The England ace helped himself to a double in midweek and is hitting top form after returning to full fitness following a troublesome summer. We think Rooney is the one to watch in the derby and has spiced things up before the game by claiming that United’s real rivals are Liverpool, not City.

Predicted Score

Man City 1-1 Man Utd: Two excellent sides who will be right up there at the end of the season, but we can’t separate them this weekend and can see a low scoring draw on the cards.

What would your team be and what’s your predicted score for the game? Share your views below.

Best of the web

27 Comments

  1. SABIITI STEVEN

    September 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    RAFAEL IS VERY AVAILABLE !!!!!!!

  2. Chinedu Godson

    September 21, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Rafeal is good available 2morw. But i wnt kagawa to play along side nani or young

  3. Chinedu Godson

    September 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Moyes pls use januzaj nd zaha into wingers pls.

  4. luke

    September 21, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    kagawa to play along young and rafael to start…

  5. Davchord zi bext

    September 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Moyes, plz start januzaj in front with rooney 2 make d attack faxt nd start kagawa. He and rooney can walk out xumtin 4 gr8 finixhex, bring rvp ax substitute. So it won’t b ax if we don’t hav gr8 nd 1xt claxx quality playax, plz

  6. clevaboy

    September 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    pls moyes bring in anderson 60min.as felaini sub. N nani as young drop make sure rvp start n rooney,chicharito as rvp sub… Tnkz

  7. clevaboy

    September 21, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    moyes pls i dnt wnt ferdinand in defence,pls i prefer evans wit vidic dat guy don old n he’s too falling…evra n rapheal shul start pls…by we wil get d victory

  8. felix kwaptel

    September 22, 2013 at 12:47 am

    pls moyes play talented boy Junazaj to force the defence of city and kagawa should start along with Rooney and RVP.

  9. felix kwaptel

    September 22, 2013 at 12:51 am

    moyes pls tell us what is wrong with talented Zaha,he is our furture no.sevent.please give this guy a chance to prove himself.Thanks

  10. chris

    September 22, 2013 at 6:08 am

    please Moyes use Zaha and Nani at the side with kagawa in the match let build a formidable team that will trash city hands down.

  11. Bulus musa

    September 22, 2013 at 6:18 am

    U ar al stupid u dnt knw man united formation!

    • manni

      September 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Its u who is stupid..

  12. mabi robert

    September 22, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Pliz moyes play our african talented lad at d wing 2 along side yong rvp n roo

  13. okello tonny

    September 22, 2013 at 6:39 am

    yong doesn’t deserved astarter X1 in united shirt,dm should go for nani,janjuza or zaha ahead of him ,wining formation 4-4-2 degea,evra,vidic,ferdinand,rafel,nani,carrick,fellani,valencia,wyne and rvp upfront,prediction 3-1 win for united

  14. okello tonny

    September 22, 2013 at 6:39 am

    young doesn’t deserved astarter X1 in united shirt,dm should go for nani,janjuza or zaha ahead of him ,wining formation 4-4-2 degea,evra,vidic,ferdinand,rafel,nani,carrick,fellani,valencia,wyne and rvp upfront,prediction 3-1 win for united

  15. spirol

    September 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

    moyes shuld drop young nd play nani or zaha

  16. Ray

    September 22, 2013 at 7:28 am

    U ppl make my heart cry wen u call young…..that guy needs to play in the championships…he should be send on loan to doncaster rovers or yeovil….

  17. Fayden

    September 22, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Man u line up is strong,bt i want kagawa to play alòng side nani for a better wingers

  18. pink spider

    September 22, 2013 at 8:23 am

    drop young and play kagawa if he’s fit.

  19. Oguntunde Akeem

    September 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    The inclusion of both Nani n Kagawa will make the difference: D-Gea-Rafeal,Ferdnand,Vidic,Evra,Valencia,Carrick,Felaini,Nani/Kagawa,Rooney,Van perse.

  20. felix

    September 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Mr. Moyes its high time you give a chance to the likes of Zaha and Nani to begin prooving their worth, dont forget its a must win much for us the Manchester spirited fanatics.. Remember no gabling with our linups and our wining formatim is 4 _4 _2. Thanks

  21. Gresham

    September 22, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I Wish I could see Nani on the left flank,Zaha on the right flank,kagawa just behind RVP & ROO,Carrick in the DFmid, im sure more goals would be banged in for the 3points

  22. donny crown

    September 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I wil lik to see the likes of evra,vidic, ferdinard,rapheal,nani,carrick,fellani,valencia,rooney nd van persia in the line up.

  23. shem achiego

    September 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    start fabio at right back,kagawa,rvp & talisman…..kiler {maroaune}

  24. Joshua

    September 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Gud luck 2 united i don’t want young send her 2 loan

  25. manni

    September 22, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Moyes ouut… Its very clear u aint fit 4d manchester united job.. U have lost in all d most important mathcez

  26. Uncle mike m.j

    September 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Moyes plz dn’t rpet dis silng mistk again,used ur idea along nd nver allw oder pple 2 inlunce ur caochng role.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *