City vs United: Predicting the Manchester United XI for the derby

Any meeting between Manchester United against their cross-town rivals commands attention

David Silva and Manchester City will win the Premier League by a wide margin and Silva will be a shoe-in for this award.

"You can go for stats, that's the way people who don't understand football analyse football", said Jose Mourinho after Sunday's 3-1 defeat by Manchester City. Only twice have they won by more than one goal all season, to City's 12 multiple-goal victories.

Alves elaborated on his failed City move in an interview with The Times and said that not moving to the Etihad was down to bad timing. I am sorry we don't play the next match soon and we have to wait 15 days for that but we are improving. "They could play more than usual but the second half we start from the beginning much, much better". I consider the performance of my team one with mistakes.

With former manager Ferguson watching from the directors' box, United mustered just one effort on target and that was Anthony Martial's second-half penalty, which made it 2-1 after goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero for City. We played two matches away, hard ones, the second was a final against one of the best teams in Europe (Juventus), which demanded everything we had to give, physically and mentally.

Leicester City manager Claude Puel must help his team find a new normality after players and fans paid tribute to late owner Vichai in their first home match since he was killed in a helicopter crash. The first half we played a little bit with fear but football is a game and we didn't want to lose the ball.

The season before their arrival, only City's superior goal difference saw them pip United to fourth place in the Premier League and Champions League qualification.

Manchester City will be looking to exact revenge on Manchester United after their humiliating 3-2 loss to Mourinho's side last term.

Manchester United and Manchester City's French players to party together after derby
And Mourinho said United are not focusing on the yawning gap between the two clubs in the build-up to Sunday's game. Mourinho's side came from two goals down to beat Manchester City last season at the Etihad.

The last global break of the year means no game now for fortnight with the champions resuming a week on Saturday away to West Ham United.

"I have already been checking the next few weeks - we have Palace at home and Southampton away, and there are some games between the top six teams", their Spanish midfielder told MUTV.

Tireless shift by the City play-maker who claimed an assist for the first and third goals was involved in the second, too.

Mo Salah, with his eighth goal of the season, and Xherdan Shaqiri sealed victory for Juergen Klopp's Liverpool side over the league's bottom team, keeping them in touch with City. "I can imagine when the result was 2-1, if we bring a fresh Fellaini on, I think they (Man City) would be in big, big trouble".

Defeat let United as close to a Cardiff side in the relegation zone as they are to City.

"In the dressing room at half-time we had spoken about what happened in the derby previous year, and we were telling each other not to let that happen again", Mendy told reporters.

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