It is one of the most anticipated games of the year, as Manchester United travel to the Etihad Stadium this Sunday to take on their form rivals Manchester City.
After the Reds extended our league unbeaten 21 game in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face a tough challenge as we face a City side that won 21 consecutive matches in all competitions.
However, United have won on our last two trips to the Etihad, winning 2-1 in the league last season and 1-0 in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.
While Manchester United have never won three consecutive matches at the stadium, history could be ticking this weekend as we share five ideas ahead of their 185th Manchester derby …
- Manchester City have lost three of their last five home league games to Manchester United, including a 1-2 loss last season. The Citizens have not recorded consecutive home league games against Manchester United since April 2010.
- Manchester United are looking to win their first three consecutive away games in all outings against Manchester City for the first time in a four-game run between rivals Manchester between November 1993 and November 2000.
- Manchester City have kept a clean sheet in both of their meetings with the Red Devils this season – 0-0 in the Premier League and 2-0 in the League Cup. The last team to record three wins against Old Trafford teams in a single season was Arsenal FC in the 1998-99 season.
- So far this season, Pep Guardiola’s side are currently on the 28-game unbeaten streak in all competitions and if they manage to avoid a defeat today, City will set a new club record for games without. defeat. Man City have also won each of their last 21 matches, making it the third longest race in all competitions among teams from Europe’s five big leagues.
- Finally, Manchester United have drawn in their last three scoreless games in all competitions – the Red Devils have never drawn four in a row scoreless, while the last Premier League side to do was Tottenham Hotspur in February 2001.
Possible starting XI:
Possible starting lineup from Manchester City:
Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne; Foden, Sterling, Bernardo
Possible starting line-up from Manchester United:
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani