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Match Preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United (Premier League)

Declan Harris

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Match Preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United (Premier League)

The Premier League returns as Manchester City play host to cross town rivals Manchester United in the latest instalment of the Manchester Derby.

Manchester City will look to pick up exactly where they left off before the two-week international break, when they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 at Molineux.

The defending Premier League champions got the upper hand in the match from the off, as Jack Grealish propelled a cross from Kevin De Bruyne into the back of the net within the first minute.

Later in the first-half, Erling Haaland would score - not only doubling City's lead on the afternoon, but also cushioning his Premier League leading goal tally of 11 strikes.

Matters then got much worse for Bruno Lage’s side, when Nathan Collins received a straight red card in the 33rd minute for a high challenge on Jack Grealish, which would allow Pep Guardiola’s side to run rampant.

To add insult to injury, Phil Foden scored to bring the game to 0-3, where it would later finish.

Grealish celebrates his goal against Wolves. Image: Alamy
Grealish celebrates his goal against Wolves. Image: Alamy

On the other side of the ticket sits Manchester United, who have been enjoying recent on-field success after the club suffered their worst start in over 101 years.

Their most recent game was in the UEFA Europa League group stage against Moldovan side FC Sheriff, in which the Red Devils won 0-2 after Jadon Sancho scored and Cristiano Ronaldo converted from the penalty spot.

The Manchester derby will be the first domestic fixture the red side of Manchester have played in nearly a month, due to the international break as well as the rescheduling of matches following the passing of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II in mid-September.

Both managers will have injuries to contend with this weekend, as John Stones begins his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained in England’s 3-3 draw with Germany in the UEFA Nations League, while Harry Maguire will also be sitting out for Erik Ten Hag.

Pep Guardiola may be able to look to Aymeric Laporte for the first time season, as the Spanish international defender has been recovering from knee surgery undertaken during the off-season.

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Where?

The 188th Manchester derby will be hosted at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

When?

The latest instalment in the rivalry will take place on October 2nd at 14:00 BST.

How to Watch?

For viewers in the United Kingdom, the Manchester Derby will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

For viewers in the United States, the clash will be broadcast live on Peacock with kick-off occurring at 9:00AM EST.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images / Alamy

Topics: Manchester City, Manchester United, Premier League, Football

Declan Harris
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