Manchester United vs. Manchester City at Old Trafford in the English Premier League promises to be the biggest game of the season until now. The added attraction to the rivalry is the managers Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. With both the clubs spending big money in the summer transfer window, the encounter is expected to produce some fireworks on the pitch.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City have started the season with 100% record. With Mourinho and Guardiola at the helm, both are expected to be in title contention until the end of the season. Given the strength of the squad of the two teams, the encounter at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon promises to be a fascinating one.
Guardiola and Mourinho are not considered as the best of friends. The two has had brilliant rivalry matches during their time in Spain when they managed Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. One could certainly expect some heated exchanges on the field of play as they prepare to challenge each other for the first time on English soil.
Both United and City have plenty of players who could turn out to be the deciding factor in the match. With the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne featuring on the pitch, it will just take a moment of brilliance from either of them to finalize the result.
United manager Mourinho is known to focus on his defensive stability in big matches as he builds his team to attack the opposition on the counter. The same could be expected of the Red Devils on Saturday as they will look to structure themselves against the silky passing gameplay of Guardiola’s City.
United have conceded just one goal in the Premier League until now, although they are yet to face a tough opposition. City on the other hand has been lethal in front of goal with Sterling, Silva and De Bruyne showing glimpses of Guardiola’s famous Barcelona side.
The game is likely to see the blue half of Manchester dominating possession with the red half looking for proper counter attacking opportunities. With so much build-up to the match, one will hope that it doesn’t turn out to be another damp encounter.
Prediction: Manchester United 2 : 1 Manchester City
Time: 12:30 p.m. BST
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