The rivalry between the two Manchester teams will continue on Thursday in the Manchester derby. Manchester City will host their neighbors Manchester United for a return leg of the English Premier League match.
This is one of the hotly contested matches in the English football. The Manchester derby is usually the most watched derby game in the English Premier League.
In the first leg of the season, Manchester City came out victorious against Manchester United. Both teams are currently pushing for the top four position in the Premier League table. There is only one point between both teams meaning whoever wins the derby will seal the fourth spot in the table. It is going to be a fight for bragging rights in Manchester.
Teams Forms and Performance
Manchester City are looking to be in a good form in terms of players fitness. There are no major injury issues among the first team players. In Manchester United, there are major injury concerns for most of the players. With major injury crisis, United have got a tricky Manchester derby at hand.
Manchester United will miss the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has got a knee injury. He will not play any part for the rest of the season. The other player who will miss the derby match is Paul Pogba through an injury.
Coach Jose Mourinho insists that the team will fight with what they have even if there are a lot of players with injuries. He said,”I trust the boys will go with everything we have until the last second of the season, we are fighters, the boys are fighters.” According to the Manchester Evening News.
The good news for United is the return of Antonio Valencia to the side. Valencia is going to be more influential to the defense. Chris Smalling, Marcus Rojo are among the defenders who are on the injury list.
Manchester City were eliminated from the FA Cup semi-final by Arsenal after extra time. This means that for the first time as a manager Pep Guardiola will finish a season without a silver ware. The return of captain Vincent Kompany to his side, is a major boost when it comes to Manchester City defense.
The only spot Manchester City are targeting is the fourth spot. Manchester United are on the hunt for the same spot so as to return to the European competition. United are still in the Europa League semi-final which is another option for them to play the Champions League if they win the Europa Cup.
The Manchester derby is going to be a tough game for both managers. They will be looking to close the season in a position which can give them a spot to shine in the European competition. The pressure is on Manchester City coach Guardiola to prove that he can ensure his team have a spot in the Champions League.
Manchester City have got a striking force of Aguero, Sane and Silva who can create problems for United defense. Manchester United are not left behind with Marcus Rashford upfront with his pace. He will create some kind of problem to the City defense.