It is derby time in Manchester this weekend, as City host United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.
Not that long ago only noisy neighbors, now back-to-back English champions – Manchester City will face their cross-town rivals Manchester United in the 16th round of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Citizens would, however, need a miracle in order to lift the Premier League for the third consecutive time, as they entered into December with an 11-point deficit behind league leaders Liverpool.
Their top goalscorer Sergio Aguero will miss the upcoming derby through an injury, along with long-term absentees Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte.
United will try to paint Manchester in red, as they travel to the Etihad on the back of a narrow, but deserved 2-1 win over their former coach Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham side.
The Red Devils cannot afford to drop points again if they want to play in the Champions League next season, with Chelsea holding the fourth place with a comfortable eight-point advantage ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might welcome Paul Pogba back for the clash with the champions, while his fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial is set to miss out on the Manchester derby.
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While Pep Guardiola has at least three or four players who could decide the derby in favor of the host side, United’s hopes will be set on Marcus Rashford, who scored a brace against Tottenham last time out.
The young English forward has now registered 12 goals and four assists in the 2019-20 campaign so far and would be delighted to improve his tally against his city rivals.