Clash Of Bitter Rivals: Manchester City vs Manchester United At 2:30pm

Take a look at the above photo showing the embarrassing scoreline last season (October 2011) when both sides met at Old Trafford in a highly entertaining derby – Manchester United fans will never forget that day in a hurry because it was the day Mario Balotelli went on to reveal the now famous inscription “Why Always Me?” and even more because City later went on to win the premiership title on head-to-head.

Will United re-write history when both sides meet later today at the Etihad Stadium or will the ghost be resurrected again today? All fingers remain crossed.

This will be the 164th meeting between the two Manchester rivals and 147th clash in the league. United go into the game after a roller coaster of a game against Reading last weekend, whilst City dropped two points at home against Everton.

It is important to note that Manchester United have conceded first 15 out of 23 matches across all competitions but have comeback to win seven times, a record in the Premier League while Manchester City are still unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have the best defensive record.
Interestingly, both team managers have engaged in some mind games ahead of the highly explosive derby with Sir Alex Ferguson questioning the amount of penalties Manchester City have had at home, whilst Roberto Mancini hit back with ‘swimming’ comparisons for Ashley Young (in apparent reference to the winger’s tumble against QPR last season).
Probable Lineups:

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): Hart-Zabaleta, Kompany, Natstasic, Clichy-Y Toure, Barry-Silva, Tevez, Nasri-Aguero.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea-Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra-Carrick, Fletcher-Welbeck, Rooney, Young-Van Persie.

Our Verdict:

Manchester United will escape with a slim 2-1 win over City. What are your thoughts on this encounter?



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