Manchester United struck twice in the space of four minutes late on to snatch a dramatic and controversial 2-1 derby win over Manchester City on Saturday. Jack Grealish looked to have headed City to a crucial victory in their pursuit of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League when he came off the bench to head home on the hour at Old Trafford.
But United responded to claim a hotly-contested equaliser through Bruno Fernandes after Marcus Rashford was deemed by VAR not to be interfering with play despite racing towards the ball from an offside position. City reacted furiously and failed to regroup after play restarted, allowing Rashford to poke home a winner from an Alejandro Garnacho cross eight minutes from time.
It was Rashford's eighth goal in his last seven appearances and lifted United to within a point of title-chasing City, whose recent indifferent spell after their midweek Carabao Cup exit continued. The result means Arsenal can now move eight points clear at the summit if they win their own derby contest against Tottenham on Sunday.
Manchester United vs Man City highlights
GOAL! Grealish off the bench to score
GOAL! Fernandes controversial leveller
GOAL! Rashford hits comeback strike
Manchester United FC 2 - 1 Manchester City FC
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Manchester United secure derby bragging rights and a huge three points in, whisper quietly, the title race.
Ten Hag addresses derby controversy
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Manchester United’s controversial equaliser was “confusing”, Erik ten Hag admitted after his side’s dramatic derby win over Man City - but he insisted that it was right to stand.
Guardiola dismisses title race
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Pep Guardiola gave a surprising take on Man City’s Premier League title race after today’s defeat.
Rashford speaks out on injury after winner
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Marcus Rashford assured fans he had suffered just a “knock” in the first half of Manchester United’s spectacular derby win.
Erik ten Hag talks to BT Sport
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“First half we played very well, we defended very well. We were proactive with the breaks. We are really happy. At half time we should be 1-0 up but after half time it changed.
“We had to sub Antony Martial, he had some complaints. City came in again, we were not proactive anymore. Before I wanted to make a change, they score.
“The spirit in the team is so huge, the belief is there that the game is 90 minutes and they can score. They kept believing and I’m really happy with the performance.”
Ready for more football
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The 3pm kick-offs are underway and we’re focusing on Wolves vs West Ham...
Highlights: Rashford scores stunning winner
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More from Pep Guardiola
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“I don’t care in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup if we don’t win, we won a late so... it’s not a problem. The problem is performing how we have done.
“So Carabao Cup is out. It doesn’t matter. But we didn’t perform how we are. And today we performed.
“Don’t be distracted by what happened today in the first goal, focus on a few days.”
Highlights: Bruno Fernandes hits leveller
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Pep Guardiola asked about refereeing decisions
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“The game was really good, we played really good. They are a good team on the counter-attack.
“Well Rashford offside, Bruno Fernandes no. Rashford intervened or not... distract our goalkeeper and defenders... the rule I know is the rule. But I know how well we played.”
A look at the table
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If Arsenal lose tomorrow, Man United simply are in the title race.
If they win... it really is looking good for the Gunners!
Not a good day for Erling Haaland
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Highlights: Grealish opens the scoring
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Feels like a lifetime ago!
Marcus Rashford gives his reaction to BT Sport
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“Just a little knock. But in games like this you just have to try and push through, thankfully I managed to do that - scoring the goal at the end and winning the game.
“That’s what we set out to do, that’s always the aim with every game. This one is obviously a little bit special but pleased to have the three points and continue winning at Old Trafford.”
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FULL TIME! Man United 2-1 Man City
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WHAT A COMEBACK!
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90+5 mins: Grealish goes on a run, finds Silva... the ball in is cleared!
A big scrap now and it dribbles through to De Gea!
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90+4 mins: City on the ball as the clock ticks but Shaw heads away well to deny Haaland a chance.
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90+2 mins: Antony gallops clear and Rashford opts to tee up Garnacho... shot blocked.
United on top in injury time as Martinez, Maguire and McTominay replace Malacia, Rashford and Casemiro.
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90 mins: Five minutes’ added time!
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87 mins: Fred booked for fouling Grealish.
Still time for City...
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86 mins: Haaland in the box goes down as he shoots - they want a penalty but he was simply crowded out.
A Cancelo cross is then headed over by the Norwegian!
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85 mins: That noise you can hear is the red half of north London going wild...
GGGOOOOOAALLLL!!! Man United 2-1 Man City
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83 mins: WHAT A TURNAROUND! RASHFORD WITH IT!
Garnacho picks it up wide left and there is acres of space as a first cross is blocked before a second is tucked away by Rashford!
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82 mins: Casemiro nods away Walker’s ball in, City stunned by that goal.
It came out of nowhere...
GGGOOOAAALLL!!! Man United 1-1 Man City
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79 mins: GIVEN!
Stuart Attwell talks to his linesman and it’s decided Rashford did NOT interfere with play and it counts!
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78 mins: Wan-Bissaka again does well and Casemiro’s ball through for Rashford is let go by the offside striker...
Fernandes pops up to score though! The flag goes up and he is furious!
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75 mins: Fernandes has a moan at the referee after Shaw cleans out De Bruyne.
Then it’s Grealish’s turn after losing a decison for a throw-in with Wan-Bissaka. All a bit scrappy, now.
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73 mins: United really lacking spark, has Rashford really overcome that injury worry earlier? It really feels like a turning point in the game.
Still time for a leveller, though...
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70 mins: Here comes Garnacho as Ten Hag is forced into a rejig.
Not going to lie, this doesn’t feel like the sort of game Wout Weghorst would change much...
Eriksen the man to come off.
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68 mins: Some life in United and it’s Wan-Bissaka, of all people, leading the charge.
A tricky run ends in a deflected shot out for a corner, which goes short and Haaland easily clears.
Highlights: Grealish opens scoring
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64 mins: Eriksen booked for sending Grealish to the turf.
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62 mins: De Bruyne has run every one of City’s attacks today - no surprise to see him grab the assist.
United have really struggled to generate any counters this half and the pressure has told.
GGGOOOOAALLL!!! Man United 0-1 Man City
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60 mins: IT’S BEEN COMING!
GREALISH WITH THE HEADER!
A delightful cross in from De Bruyne and the substitute buries his header.
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57 mins: The end of a real 4/10 display from Foden as Grealish comes on.
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56 mins: Cancelo the next go over after a mazy run! No dice.
This game has really opened up for the visitors.
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54 mins: De Bruyne does brilliantly to forge a chance down the right, crossing for Silva to nod across goal.
A defensive header from Varane is there and Haaland finds Foden, who tumbles after losing control and Stuart Attwell gives it a convincing ‘no’.
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52 mins: Ake sticks a sturdy foot on the ball as Antony’s pass is skewed off-target, after a long hard look at the fallen Brazilian a foul is given.
A bit of a home-team decision, that.
Varane is very offside as he pokes a ball in wide.
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50 mins: No great change in the flow of the game as City sit on the ball, head up for a pass forward but often rebuffed by a very organised defence.
United have four clean sheets in five games.
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48 mins: The sun has broken out at Old Trafford as Silva looks bright and aims a deflected shot for De Gea to catch.
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46 mins: Rashford still on the left as we begin, Antony the man played through the middle.
Not a strategy that worked when moving Elanga centrally in midweek but let’s see how it pans out.
Kick-off! Man United 0-0 Man City
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So, Antony is on... for Martial. Rashford continues and goes up front!
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City with 69 per cent of the ball in that half but just two shots to four, none of which were on target to United’s two.
Here come the players...
Will Rashford return for the second half?
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After pulling up with what looked like a hip or groin issue, the United striker received treatment and came back on.
But he was not exactly moving freely and didn’t break into a sprint in the final minutes of the half.
Will we see Rashford come back out for the second half or will Antony come on in his place?
At least Patrice Evra believes...
Chance of the half
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Could Rashford have done better? Ederson certainly could have!
Half time! Manchester United 0-0 Man City
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All square at the break after Walker’s long-range effort flies wide.
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45 mins: Rashford opts not to sprint down the line and rolls a pass just into touch. He is yet to hit the gas since the injury worry.
One minute added on.
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44 mins: City on top as the clock ticks on the first half.
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42 mins: Rashford pulled up fairly innocuously and Antony is warming up.
It looks like he’ll give running it off a go.
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40 mins: Just a general sense that this is a very elite game of football.
May sound obvious to say but lots of touches, tackles and physical battles are of the highest order from both sides.
But... Rashford has gone down and looks hurt!
Chance Man United!
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38 mins: Rashford leaves Rodri for dead with his pace and Eriksen slips him in... Ederson off his line much better this time to win the one-on-one!
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36 mins: Foden gets on the end of a clipped De Bruyne cross and heads his attempt directly into the air.
City come forward again and Malacia chests Silva’s ball in back to De Gea.
A bit of a lively final part of the half.
Chance Man United!
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34 mins: Rashford rounds Ederson from a long ball as the goalkeeper needlessly flies off his line...
From a tight angle, his goalbound shot is blocked by Akanji!
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33 mins: Malacia back up after that break in play and he’ll return after some treatment.
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30 mins: Half an hour gone as United enjoy a bit of possession, although it’s all a little uncomfortable under the press.
A smart piece of play breaks into the City half but Walker snatches Fernandes’ pass to Malacia.
The left-back clatters into Walker and Stuart Attwell decides to stop play for a, seemingly minor, injury.
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28 mins: A bit more fluidity about the visitors now yet no harm in going long every now and then, thinks Ake, as he nearly picks out Silva with a pump upfield. De Gea gathers.
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25 mins: Haaland comes deep, turns a nice ball around to De Bruyne, who whips a trademark ball through to Foden... offside.
Cue Guardiola frustrated arm-waving on the touchline.
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23 mins: There he is! Haaland grabs possession after a cross is half-cleared and his shot is wonderfully blocked by Casemiro and Fred’s lunge.
A promising moment for the away team.
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22 mins: Just two touches of the football for Haaland. Foden has hardly been involved either - he’s just been caught offside.
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20 mins: A good Marhez corner is an inch too high for Ake to connect with. City still, generally, on top.
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18 mins: Ten Hag spoke about shutting Rodri down pre-game by selecting Fred but the Brazilian has been right on De Bruyne’s case thus far.
A fine bit of harrying ends one move before a wayward Rodri pass ends City’s next.
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16 mins: The camera spots Wout Weghorst in the stands, watching on with two of his daughters on his lap. The Burnley loanee was not signed in time to play today.
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15 mins: Cancelo gets back in the nick of time to prevent the ball landing to a United foot in the six-yard box after Martial’s break.
The temperature slowly rising in this one... De Bruyne not happy as a cross hits Fred and goes out for a goal kick.
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13 mins: Walker doing a bit of an ‘Mbappe job’ on Rashford today, something he did rather well at the World Cup.
Not much rush from the visitors in possession after a couple of sloppy balls already.
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11 mins: City gift the ball to Rashford and Fernandes bombs into the box from the right wing... his shot across goal goes wide!
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10 mins: Rashford gets into the game for the first time and cuts inside to tee up Martial, but the return pass into the box is crowded out. Malacia offside from the second attempt.
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7 mins: De Bruyne spins his marker well in City’s best move of the game so far, Cancelo clipping a ball into an empty far-post area that Malacia and Rashford combine to clear.
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4 mins: Malacia does well in an early one-on-one with Mahrez in the final third, the Algerian is on top form in an under-the-radar kind of way.
Walker shepherds the counter into touch as City look to put a foot on the ball in these early stages.
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2 mins: A 4-2-3-1 for United by the look of it, Fernandes wide right and Eriksen central attacking midfield as he commits a foul on Cancelo.
City in their usual 4-3-3 with Haaland roaming around up front.
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1 min: Gareth Southgate in attendance this afternoon alongside England assistant Steve Holland.
Martial and Akanji clash early in an aerial battle, no harm done though.
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Pep Guardiola stony faced as he walks down the touchline ahead of the game getting underway.
Stuart Attwell blows his whistle and the derby begins!
Here come the players!
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The Stone Roses are playing in the Theatre of Dreams so that can mean only one thing...
The teams enter the arena for the Manchester derby!
Countdown to kick-off
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A few warm embrace in the tunnel between the sets of players.
Can Haaland break Cole’s record?
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Andy Cole speaking pitchside at Old Trafford on his 34-goal record in a single Premier League season being under threat from Erling Haaland.
“Most definitely, I’d be surprised if it doesn’t go,” he says, having hit the tally in the 42-game 1993-94 season.
“No [I wouldn’t be annoyed], not at all. I’m not sentimental in that way whatsoever.
“Records are there to be broken and if he does do it, which I expect him to do, he deserves it. To have 21 goals by Christmas is absolutely crazy. His form, the team he plays in... he’s built to score goals.”
Countdown to kick-off
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The Stretford End jeer the City players off as they head to the tunnel following the warm-up. And then a big cheer for the United stars behind them!
A very decent atmosphere building inside Old Trafford.
A landmark game for Pep
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He’s come a long way since a 1-0 defeat to Numancia in 2008!
A positive omen?
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Casemiro and Fred have only started two Premier League games together.
On neither occasion did they concede a goal, drawing 0-0 with Newcastle and beating Tottenham 2-0.
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United denied City a title coronation in very dramatic circumstances back in April 2018.
Countdown to kick-off
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The warm-ups are underway at Old Trafford with kick-off in half an hour!
Kevin De Bruyne previews the derby on BT Sport
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“They’ve been having a good season, playing good football. It’s a derby so whatever happened before or after is thrown out of the window.
“When you have a schedule like we had last three, four games - travelling and coming home 2am - it’s hard anyway but I don’t think different players change the outcome of those games.
“We have a good team and we’re going to try and perform the best we do.”
Eight changes for Man City
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Not too many surprises from the visitors.
Nathan Ake is preferred to Aymeric Laporte at the back as Phil Foden keeps his place at the other end of the pitch.
Man United switch things up
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It was Pep Guardiola remarking about “ridiculous” plans for the derby but Erik ten Hag throws the curveball.
Fred starts in what could be a 4-3-3 or a typical 4-2-3-1 with Christian Eriksen or Bruno Fernandes out wide.
Antony is on the bench alongside Lisandro Martinez as Luke Shaw settles back to central defence. Anthony Martial is fit.
Erik ten Hag explains his selection on BT Sport
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“It’s an idea, to bring Fred there, we have a plan with that. They have to make choices. It gives us space, in the midfield or behind the defending line.
“Rodri is the key player in the build-up and organisation. We have to be really tight on him as he will set the tempo to play.”
Pep Guardiola on BT Sport
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“Always I feel the favourite but you have to prove it on the grass. It’s words, so I have a massive respect for United. Hopefully in the last decade they have respect for us. It’s in our hands to continue to do it.”
The away side today
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Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo; Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo; Mahrez, Foden, Haaland.
Subs: Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Gundogan, Grealish, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Palmer, Lewis.
How Man United line up
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Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Shaw, Malacia; Casemiro, Fred; Eriksen, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.
Subs: Heaton, Lindelof, Maguire, Martinez, Mainoo, McTominay, Elanga, Antony, Garnacho.
A huge day in the Premier League
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It certainly doesn’t end with the Manchester derby!
Later on we’ll have a live blog of West Ham’s trip to Wolves to savour...
Bruno Fernandes reveals talks over Man United future
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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has opened up on why he signed his new contract in April amid his side’s downturn.
He said: “I had a conversation last year when everyone knew that Ralf was not the coach for the future.
“I said I want to be helpful for the club, but I also want to know where we are going. Is there a plan, a future?”
Fernandes continued: “The club said they have a plan, this is what they want, we agree with you that the level of the club has to be better than it has been in the past, we can achieve much more, we can do much more.”
Team news coming up!
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We’re expecting the starting line-ups in the next 15 or so minutes...
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A bonkers 6-3 win saw Phil Foden and Erling Haaland bag hat-tricks at the Etihad, with Anthony Martial hitting a late brace in consolation.
Half-and-half scarf, anyone?
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Man United: 29/10
Man City: 10/11
Man City - 8/15
Arsenal - 9/1
Man United - 25/1
Man City - 1/200
Arsenal - 1/40
Man United - 2/5
Newcastle - 5/6
Liverpool - Evens
Tottenham - 11/5
Chelsea - 13/1
Brighton - 20/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).
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It wouldn’t be Manchester if today’s derby wasn’t going to be played in overcast, soggy conditions!
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City have won the last three Manchester derbies while scoring 12 goals.
Man United wins: 77
Man City wins: 58
Former Red backing his old team today
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Evening Standard score prediction
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Manchester United are looking for their ninth victory on the bounce, while Manchester City are recovering from what some have described as their worst performance under Pep Guardiola as Southampton knocked them out of the Carabao Cup.
So the momentum is with the hosts but I expect the visitors to step up and provide a reaction to their midweek loss. Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne will return, as mentioned above, and can prove the difference in any game.
Honours even at Old Trafford, 2-2 draw.
Will Martial be fit?
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ESPN reporting this morning that Anthony Martial underwent a fitness test this morning.
Manchester United are said to be cautiously optimistic the striker will be fit to start, while being nursed back to full health after a number of injury issues this season.
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Predicted Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Akanji, Ake; De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.
Early Man City team news
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Manchester City will be without John Stones at the back as Pep Guardiola looks to again make wholesale changes match to match.
Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland will come back in, along with the likes of Manuel Akanji, Rodri and Bernardo Silva.
Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden are pushing for starts, while Joao Cancelo is likely to again be dropped.
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