Man City vs Man United
Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off sees Manchester United travel to Manchester City for the first Manchester derby of the season.
The two sides head into the tie a fair way away from each other in the league table.
City began Saturday sat 3rd in the English top-flight with 32 points amassed from their opening 15 league ties this term.
As for Man United, they started the weekend 6th in the PL with just 21 points earned so far this campaign.
Neither side can really afford to lose this tie, especially Man City who are trying to chase down table-topping Liverpool and 2nd place Leicester.
Pep Guardiola’s men started game week 16 of the Premier League season a full 11 points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
And after Liverpool comprehensively beat Bournemouth in a 3 pm kick-off, City start the United clash 14 points off top spot.
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Man United a bigger club?
City being above Man United in the table has been pretty standard procedure over the last few years.
While the Citizens have set records and won several league titles, United have been struggling to even crack the top-four.
In fact, since Sir Alex Ferguson left United after winning the league in the 2012/13 season, Man United have failed to finish above City in the league once.
Despite this, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still believes United are a bigger club than City.
When asked if United continue to be a bigger club than City, Solskjaer replied:
Solskjaer then proceeded to take a bit of a jab at City by joking about how he had to wait several years to play a Manchester derby because Man City used to be in England’s second division:
“At least we play every year now! It took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself.
“But it’s changed in a way. Of course Man City are a better team now than when I was playing.
“I think football has changed quite a lot. I think it allowed a few more proper tackles – with every little angle, everything being scrutinised now, it’s more of a technical, tactical game than physical and mental one.
“But, still, a derby should be played as a derby. We don’t play basketball, so we’re ready for that if that happens.” As quoted by Sky Sports News.