The first of the Manchester derbies kicks off this Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium and it’s a game that is going to be even bigger than ever, between the two sides.
Manchester United have looked to have turned the ship around under Erik ten Hag and Manchester City are looking to maintain their form one behind the league leaders Arsenal.
Pep Guardiola’s men saw off Wolves last time out as Erling Haaland continued his remarkable form since joining the club over the summer.
Man United, meanwhile, have recovered from their poor start to the year in impressive fashion and have won their last four in the top-flight.
But they have not be in league action since their 3-1 victory over Arsenal on September 4 after their games against Crystal Palace and Leeds were postponed following the death of the Queen.
The Red Devils will return to action with arguable the toughest test in world football, Man City away.
The fixture is always one of the season’s most anticipated and this new chapter in a storied rivalry is particularly fascinating for so many reasons, not least with WilliamHIll Canada offering good odds for the game.
Manchester United will be up against it in this one and I reckon if Erik ten Hag was offered a draw today, he’d take the hand off you. The addition of Erling Haaland has made Manchester City and even stronger opponent in the world of football.
City have quality all over the pitch, but the addition of Erling Haaland has unquestionably added a new dimension to their game and the Norwegian has already scored 11 league goals this season.
Manchester United’s focus should be on them of of course, but it would be foolish not to think about the Blues’ no.9 and how to handle him the 22 year old. The stats show he doesn’t touch the ball often – sometimes just 10 times a game – but when he does it’s often devastating.
Interestingly, Varane has never faced him before, but Martinez has done once: a 4-0 win for Ten Hag’s Ajax over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. If selected, both centre-backs will be determined to keep Haaland quiet.
So it’s all set for interesting battles all over the pitch on Sunday and the bench, could have a major part to play with Cristiano Ronaldo sure to feature at some point. Who do you fancy to win this one? It’s going to be tight but if Erik ten Hag manages to get one over Pep Guardiola, Manchester United fans will be getting extremely excited.