It feels like we have said over and over again during the course of the 2018-19 season, but we will say it again. Manchester United enter their upcoming match under pressure, and with their backs against the wall. But really, hasn’t it been like that all year long?
This time, though, the stakes are slightly higher. United’s next opponent is none other than Manchester City, their fierce rivals and one of two sides still alive on the Premier League title race. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have other things to worry abut. For example, getting three points to keep their Champions League qualification chances alive. So it’s not a secret that this game will be a huge one for both Manchester-based clubs.
With that in mind, it’s good to look at the history between both clubs.
What has happened in the previous five Premier League meetings?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, The Citizens hold the edge in the last five league EPL matches with a W3, D1, L1 mark. This season’s previous encounter ended with a 3-1 win for Pep Guardiola’s men, while both sides won on the road in the 2017/18 campaign. During the 2016-17 season, City came undefeated with a win at Old Trafford (1-2) and match at the Etihad ended scoreless.
Manchester United’s lone win, however, was one to remember. City raced to a 2-0 lead within the opening half four, but United stormed back at the break. Led by Paul Pogba (two goals) and Alexis Sanchez (two assists), United flipped the score in 16 minutes to secure a huge win over the in-form boys in blue.
How about in their past 10 competitive meetings?
If we include Cup competitions into the mix, then the scales remain balanced thanks to a W4, D2, L4 mark. Nine of those matches have come in the Premier League context; the remaining one was a 1-0 win for The Red Devils in the Carabao Cup back in October 26, 2016.
To note: five of those matches, including the last three, have ended with over 2.5 goals. And five – again, including the last three – have seen both sides scoring. So if the recent tendencies are respected, then we could be in line for a very open contest with action on both ends of the pitch.
In the end, no game is like any other!
Will The Red Devils secure another win at the expense of their bitter rivals on Wednesday? Or will City take another step towards the title, extending United’s recent negative run of form?
Undoubtedly, there will be a lot at stake at Old Trafford later this week.