In 12th of April, Sunday two neighbors of Manchester will face-off once again in Premier league fixture. This derby is listed among the top derbies of world. Having a distance of 9 km between these two rival teams has entertained fans all over the world. This fixture is played every year but upcoming return fixture is more important for these teams. Both teams are trying to prove better than each other and to secure a champions league spot. Manchester city has been winning last four Manchester derby matches but this derby in Old Trafford seems to be difficult for away side.
Last meeting between these two giants resulted 1-0 win for Man city. None other than city`s top scorer Sergio Aguero netted the ball in 63rd minute of the match. Another main incident of the match was Chris Smalling`s tackle on James Milner at 38th minute of the match which made him to go back to dressing room with a second yellow.
History of the Manchester Derby
There have been all total 168 competitive matches between these two teams. United have won 69 and City 49, the remaining 50 games finishing as draws. Manchester United has the biggest win in this derby fixture 7-1 on 14th April 1941 and the biggest appearance of this fixture was in Old Trafford around 78000 on September 1947.
Spot light of the Fixture
The spot light of the fixture goes to Louis van gaal, new manager yet to win in this derby for Manchester united. After the sack of David Moyes from Man united Louis van gaal was the favorite and he is also in a big pressure to win this derby. Chris Smalling sent off in previous meeting could have been the main reason of defeat for the reds. “We have a lot of confidence – and we haven’t lost so many times at home” says Louis van gaal.
Fans all over the world have started predicting about this fixture. Although it looks like Chelsea is more confident than other teams to win the title, this fixture is very vital for both teams for title race. Arsenal is also the other team that will benefit from this fixture. Two great manager`s with two great teams, unpredictable scores and most entertaining fixture of world is still awaited. The battle of Manchester will be awesome match of the week.
Players to miss the Game
Two strikers from both teams will miss the upcoming derby. Man city’s Bony and Man United’s Robin van Persie are injured and won’t return in the match. Beside these two, two more defenders from Manchester united Evans and Smalling gonna miss this match.