Manchester United will have their fingers crossed for more Ronaldo magic as they take on Manchester City for arguably their biggest game of the season so far.
In what is arguably their biggest game of the season so far, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United lock horns with Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
There is plenty at stake for the 186th Manchester derby. Defeat is simply not an option for either side, with Premier League leaders Chelsea expected to beat Burnley on the same day. It means at least one of these two teams’ title hopes will take a major hit – the question is who?
As things stand, Man United sit eight points adrift of the Blues in a distant fifth place with 17 points in the league table. Man City, in contrast, are three points above their bitter local rivals in third place.
Facts and figures for Manchester United vs Manchester City in Premier League.
- Manchester United did not win the last 3 matches in a row at home;
- Manchester United scored in the last 13 of 15 matches;
- Manchester United conceded in the last 13 of 15 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Manchester United’s last 5 of 7 matches.
- Manchester City unbeaten the last 4 matches in a row when playing away;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Manchester City’s last 5 of 7 matches;
- Manchester City scored in the last 7 of 9 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Manchester City’s last 2 of 4 matches.
Current form — Manchester United v. Manchester City
The Red Devils keep target in sight
It has been up and down for Manchester United going into this match as league results offer little sense of progress. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have seen it all in their last 3 matches. Against Liverpool, they came out empty-handed in a 5-0 defeat, whereafter they avenged themselves in a 3-0 win against Tottenham. Their latest match saw them sharing the spoils in a 2-2 draw against Atalanta.
The Citizens hope to avoid back-to-back defeats
After a shock Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend, Manchester City hope to get back to winning ways at Old Trafford. Pep Guardiola’s side have seen it all in their last 3 matches. An encounter with West Ham brought a 0-0 draw which was followed by the shock 0-2 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace. Their most recent game had them back on the winning trail as they beat Club Bruges by a 4-1 scoreline.
The bookies appear to slightly favor the away team for this one. At the time of writing, we were able to look up following odds with the bookmakers on this encounter. A win for Man United pays out at 4.75, the best price for a draw is 4.25, whereas an away win for Man City returns you odds of 1.75.
Manchester United v. Manchester City — fixture history
The last time the two teams faced off against each other, the Red Devils came away as 0-2 winners in March 2021 at the Etihad Stadium. Man United have the following 4-2-4 meeting statistics with Man City.
Current table in the Premier League
It is difficult to look past Cristiano Ronaldo, when on the search for a marksman. He seems to be on a strong run as he hit the target 4 times in his last 4 games for Manchester United. Marcus Rashford is also looking handy, having enjoyed a goalscoring return from injury.
As for Man City, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden look to be their biggest threats in front of goal at the moment. The pair have scored a combined seven goals in the last 5 matches, and look to add to their tally at the Theatre of Dreams.