Manchester United only have a few matches left in their Premier League season, and the focus is quite clear: The Red Devils need to get as many points as they can, and wait for a few defeats of other sides if they want to clinch a UEFA Champions League berth for the 2019-20 season. That road to Europe will continue this Wednesday, when they host Manchester City at Old Trafford. Kick-off for this match has been programmed at 21:00 BST.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will all miss the game. Antonio Valencia is doubtful, but highly unlikely to play since he’s lacking match fitness. And Luke Shaw will return after completing his two-game ban. With the return of the former Southampton man, Diogo Dalot will probably move to the right side of the defence, while Ashley Young will head back to the bench.
On the other hand, The Citizens won’t have Claudio Bravo due to an Achilles injury. Kevin De Bruyne will also be ruled out due to a thigh problem. But the rest of the squad is fit and available. Pep Guardiola will have almost an entire Best XI to choose form ahead of one of the biggest games of the season for them.
Is the honeymoon between Manchester United fans and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already over? Despite the fact the club has experienced quite a turnaround since the Norwegian’s arrival, recent results have not been very good. The Red Devils are coming off a disappointing 0-4 thrashing at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park this past Sunday, meaning they have lost their past three road games against Arsenal, Wolverhampton, and The Toffees. But since Manchester United play at home in this one, there are chances of a potential upset. For what is worth, Solskjaer’s men own a respectable W10, D5, L1 mark at Old Trafford this season, and are currently riding a three-game winning streak at home. Can they extend it against their bitter rivals?
But if we talk about form, then it’s impossible to overlook what The Citizens have been doing in recent weeks. Manchester City have won their last five Premier League matches and currently own a W28, D2, L4 mark during the current campaign. Things are extremely simple here for the Etihad Stadium side. If they win, they’ll move back to the top of the standings with only three games left to play. But if they lose, then their title chances will be on Liverpool’s hands. For what is worth, City’s away record this season stands at W11, D2, L3. They’re also riding a four-game winning streak away from home.
What is our recent record against Everton?
We have written a comprehensive article regarding the most recent H2H meetings between both sides. Undoubtedly, there’s a lot of parity in their recent meetings.
It pains me to say it, but it’s time we face reality. Both based on the current form and the strength of the squad, it’s clear Manchester City will certainly start this game as favourites. Therefore, Pep Guardiola’s men shouldn’t have problems to win here while taking another step towards the league title. Can Manchester United prevent it?