Manchester United are aiming to extend their current unbeaten run in the English Premier league as they they play host their noisy neighbors Manchester City on Sunday at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have not lost an top-flight game since the arrival of their winter signing Bruno Fernandes and is highly touted to be a huge difference going into the Manchester Derby.
Bruno has proved to be vital addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team as he has racked up two goals and two assists in his Premier League appearances so far.
Having lost the reverse fixture earlier in the season, Man City will be looking to avoid back-to-back defeats against United, while closing the gap between themselves and Liverpool.
WHERE AND WHEN?
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Sunday, March 8
Time: 16:30 (GMT)
Manchester United have lost their last 3 home games against Manchester City in all competition. They have only lost four against them consecutively once previously, between January 1926 and February 1931.
City have already lost twice against United this season, losing in the Premier League and League Cup – they have lost three times against them in three previous seasons; 1956-57, 1995-96 and 2009-10.
United are looking to complete a league double over City for the first time since Alex Ferguson retired, last achieving it in 2009-10. The last Red Devils manager other than Ferguson to achieve a double over City was Dave Sexton in the 1978-79 season.
Manchester City will be looking forward to be the first top-flight side to win four in a row away to Manchester United as they have won in their last 3 premier League matches at the Old Trafford, since the Citizens themselves did a run of five between 1968-1972.
The Red Devils skipper Harry Maguire remains doubtful for Sunday’s match with the gaffer claiming he missed the midweek FA Cup victory over Derby as a result of an ankle injury. Marcus Rashford, Lee Grant and Paul Pobga remain long-term absentees, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James could return.
Manchester City Could be without their Talisman Kevin De Bruyne due to a back problem as they visit Manchester United on Sunday though Guardiola confirmed a progress. Aymeric Laporte is unavailable to feature in this match due to a hamstring injury but youngster Phil Foden could come into the line-up after a good performance in the League Cup final.
Man Utd: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka , Baily, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, James; Martial.
Man City: Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Zichenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, B. Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.
Man Utd 2-1 Man City.