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Kanchelskis: Manchester derby important for United

Former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis believes the Red Devils have a “good chance” of winning the Premier League title once they defeat their local rivals

Manchester United will host rivals and league leaders Manchester City on Sunday, and the Devils must beat Guardiola’s side if they are still aiming at the title, according to Andrei Kanchelskis. The two club giants will face each other in a very prestigious pre-Christmas derby of the English top-flight at Old Trafford.

Guardiola’s men have been unstoppable in the league so far, as the Citizens are the leaders, with Jose Mourinho’s side being second-placed with an 8-point deficit. If City manages to win, United will find themselves in trouble.

Kanchelskis played for both clubs during his career, and he says Mourinho’s men simply need a win, as they have been searching for a title since 2013.

“If Manchester United wins this derby game against Manchester City, they’ve a good chance to win the title,” the former United attacker told Omnisport.

“It’s a must-win game. They [United] need the three points. It’s a difficult few months over Christmas time, through December and January. There are too many games.”

“There is the Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, League Cup and possibly national team duties as well. That’s too many, but we will see what happens,” the former Russia international explained.

The ex-winger suggested this game could decide who wins the Premier League title: “It [the derby] is important for both teams. If City drop points, there’s a good chance for United in this race to be crowned champions. If they don’t, it’s difficult for United to win the title.”

“Manchester City are playing good football. They are more attacking and have a lot of goal scorers. But we will see in December who is best – Mourinho or Guardiola,” Kanchelskis added.