Manchester United are all set to host their neighbouring club Manchester City in a must-win game at Old Trafford, tonight.
The last time these two sides faced each other was back in November. The Citizens got better of their arch-rival as they won the fixture 3-1. Will United succeed in taking the revenge of this defeat? I seriously doubt that because the performance of United has been poor in the last few games.
The Red Devils have lost six out of their last eight games in all competitions. Three of these defeats have come in their last five Premier League fixtures. Also, last weekend they were thrashed 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park.
City, on the other hand, has won all their last 10 fixtures in the Premier League. Moreover, they have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Premier League games.
As of now, United are in the sixth position with 64 points and three points below the fourth-placed Chelsea. While City are in the second position with 86 points and two points off the league leaders Liverpool. The Citizens, however, have a game in hand.
A win for United will help them in closing down to the fourth-placed Chelsea, which will ensure the Champions League football for the Red Devils next season. While a win for City will get them back to the top of the Premier League with a one-point advantage over Liverpool.
In the last 10 Manchester derbies, both the sides have won four games each while the remaining two fixtures ended in a draw. The last time City did the double over United came back in the 2013-14 season. This is a brilliant opportunity for the Citizens to repeat the feat.
Also, City are unbeaten in their last three Premier League visits to Old Trafford with two wins and one draw.
Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly are the two United defenders, who are going to miss this crucial fixture against City.
As for City, Kevin De Bruyne is going to be sidelined from this fixture due to the injury he sustained against Tottenham Hotspur on the weekend.