The Manchester Derby comes to our screen this weekend in a routine Premier League action. Manchester United, who are on an incredible run, is up against Manchester City for their second league encounter of the season.
Manchester United has gotten better compared to the first time they faced City in the early season. Manchester City will aim for maximum points in this game as they’d attempt to close the gap between them and the EPL leader Arsenal, while United hopes to extend its win streak. Ten Hag seems to have finally implemented his football ideas in the United’s squad.
Manchester United’s Latest News
Manchester United has done nothing but pick up from where they left things upon the return of domestic football. United is on an eight-match winning streak, their longest in a long time. Aston Villa, Fulham, Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, Bournemouth, Everton, and Charlton are among the eight opponents United has defeated during this run.
Although these teams are not on the same level as Manchester City, they have been outstanding nonetheless. Their last outing was in the EFL Cup, where they defeated Charlton Athletic by three goals to nil.
Marcus Rashford Rebirth
After the Premier League returned from the World Cup break, England forward Marcus Rashford has become a different man. He’s scored in each of his last six competitive appearances for Manchester United (seven goals – three in the Premier League, one in the FA Cup, and three in the League Cup.
This includes a brace against Charlton Athletic in the EFL. His current form is his best scoring streak for United in all competitions. This is the first time Rashford has scored seven goals in six games for Manchester United in all competitions.
Latest Transfer Rumors
- Manchester United is looking for a new striker and has apparently made significant progress on a loan deal for Burnley striker Wout Weghorst, who has spent the season with Besiktas but is expected to join the Red Devils in the near future. United and the Turkish club are said to have agreed on a compensation package, and Weghorst is eager to make a move happen, though Besiktas will need to find a replacement before the trade can be sanctioned by all parties involved.
- Harry Maguire, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Manchester United, will not join Aston Villa in the January transfer window, despite recent rumors that the Manchester United captain could be on his way to their Premier League rivals. Manchester United captain Maguire is expected to remain at Old Trafford after the January transfer window closes. He has underlined that he will battle for his starting slot despite Varane and Martinez being the head coach’s choice.
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Manchester City’s Latest News
Manchester City is on the hot seat, battling new opposition for the Premier League crown. A battle that used to be between City and Liverpool has switched hands, with the Gunners now making a statement for the title of the King of EPL.
Arsenal has a five-point lead over City despite dropping points in their last Premier League outing. Manchester City won their last league outing against Chelsea by a goal to nil. However, they were brutally knocked out of the EFL Cup by Southampton in midweek. Guardiola’s men hope to shake the loss off when they face United this weekend.
Manchester City’s Shock Exit From The EFL Cup
City was pursuing their sixth Carabao Cup victory in eight seasons and arrived at St Mary’s buoyed by back-to-back wins against Chelsea. However, in a competition that City has taken so seriously under Guardiola, City’s focus was elsewhere in this quarter-final. Southampton just wanted a semi-final berth more than City and seized it.
Latest Transfer Rumors
- Manchester City has entered the battle to sign Jude Bellingham this summer and is prepared to outbid Real Madrid and Liverpool in any prospective bidding war. So far, the 19-year-old has been the subject of a tug-of-war between Real Madrid and Liverpool, but Bellingham has now ‘become the object of Pep Guardiola’s ambition,’ with City willing to break the bank to grant the Catalan’s request.
- According to reports, Manchester City is expected to recruit Maximo Perrone from Velez Sarsfield this week. Perrone is a defensive midfielder who has attracted interest from Premier League clubs such as Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United. Pep Guardiola has persuaded the Argentine to join him at the Etihad. City is thought to have paid £6.5 million for Perrone.
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023
Time: 7:30 a.m. Eastern Time
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Match Predictions And Tips
Manchester City is the obvious favorite in this game. Losing their last outing against Southampton, you’d expect some motivation from Pep and his City boys, which is why Manchester United has to be extra prepared in this game.
Manchester United might be playing their best football in a long while, but it is important to note that they lost to City 6-3 in their first encounter this season. Although United now plays better football, we expect a fierce battle with Manchester City tipped as the favorite to win. The odds for Manchester United to win stand at 1.80 (decimal) and -125 (American)
However, due to the recent form of City, the best pick for this game is over 3.5 goals. Their last encounter saw nine goals scored, and both teams in recent games have been on a goal fest. That’s why we are backing this game to go similarly. The odds for over 3.5 goals stand at 2.75 (decimal) and 175 (American).
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