The age long rivalry between two of football’s most-respected managers, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, will be reignited on Sunday as Manchester City host Manchester United at the Etihad.
This will be the 22nd meeting between Guardiola and Mourinho in all competitions – the Spaniard has won nine and lost five (D7) of the previous 21.
This is the first Manchester derby of the 2018-19 season and a whole lot is expected from the fierce rivals.
Both Manchester teams are going into this derby clash with their heads held high at least on the strength of their respective result from their last games.
Mourinho’s men produced a stunning comeback in Turin last Wednesday against Juventus in the Champions League while City on their part recorded the biggest win in the Match Day 4 games as they pummeled Shaktar Donesk 6-0.
However, while Manchester City are beating any team that comes their way black and blue, it must be said that they have won just two of their last eight matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L4) since winning four in a row between 2013 and 2014.
With United winning this corresponding fixture last season, we wait to see how things will play out this term.
Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for live updates.
Kick off is 5:30 p.m.
MAN CITY STARTING XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy; Fernandinho, Silva, Bernardo; Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero
MAN CITY SUBS: Muric, Kompany, Gündogan, Delph, Sané, Jesus, Foden
MAN UTD STARTING XI: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Matic, Fellaini; Lingard, Rashford, Martial
MAN UTD SUBS: Romero, Darmian, Jones, Fred, Mata, Sanchez.
Kickoff at the Etihad! City get the game underway
Free kick for United…
Chance for City but opportunity slips away
Corner for Man City as the home team dictate the pace for now
David Silva gets the opening goal in the 12th minute
Mourinho looking aghast as City take the lead at the Etihad
City have had a whopping 87% possession in the opening 10 minutes,
The match at Etihad Stadium has been interrupted briefly for a check on Ander Herrera, who is down injured.
Game back on
United obviously missing Paul Pogba in this game
Martial gets in a shot but it is blocked by a Manchester City defender.
Mourinho steps up to dish some information to his players
The game seems to have slowed down
Man City are unbeaten in their last 17 Premier League games, their last defeat in the competition was against Man United in April.
Glorious chance for United but Martial with half-hearted shot blows it away
Defensively United have been good but in the midfield and up front they have been far from impressive
YELLOW CARD: Luke Shaw booked and City get a free kick
Chance… Sergio Aguero side netting
HT: Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United
Second half already underway
GOAL!!!! Bright start for City as they double their lead
Sergio Aguero with the goal as City extend their lead at the Etihad
City pressing for more goals as United defend stoutly
Sterling’s indecision denies City a third goal
Manchester United brings in Lukaku for Jesse Lingard
Penalty kick for United
Martial steps up… It’s a GOALL!!
Juan Mata warming up.. should come in soon
Sixty minutes gone… Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United
City Sub: Leroy Sane replaces Mahrez
Fernandinho smashes in a shot on target. De Gea produces a save
Juan Mata in for Hererra while Sanchez takes the place of Rashford
Sterling trying to break the jinx… this is his 13th game and never scored against United
GOAL……. City make it 3-1
Ilkay Gundogan with the goal
Smalling throws an elbow on Sane
Three minutes added time
Full Time: Manchester City 3-1 Manchester United
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