It is only the 11th game of the 38-game English Premier League season, but Saturday’s Manchester derby has major implications for both teams. Manchester United know they can overtake their in-city rivals in qualifying with a win, while Manchester City won’t want to lose any more ground to Chelsea and Liverpool given their impressive runs so far.
Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have saved his position after a 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur and a 2-2 draw in the Champions League in Atalanta. Those results coincided with a switch to a stronger 3-5-2 tactical formation, which he had to abandon in Italy due to a forced suspension due to injury. But Cristiano Ronaldo saved the day again with two goals, including a draw in injury time (9 goals in 11 games).
It has been a mixed bag for Man City and Pep Guardiola in recent days. The League Cup elimination to West Ham was followed by a surprising 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace in the Premier League, leaving them five points behind leaders Chelsea. However, the team scored a convincing 4-1 midweek win against Club Brugge in the Champions League to get back on track.
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While bookmakers favor Man City entering the first derby of this season, it is worth noting that Manchester United are undefeated in their last four Premier League matches (3-0-1) against the Citizens going back. to December 2019. And this time the Red Devils have done it. Ronaldo, who was rumored to be in Manchester City’s crosshairs last summer.
Sporting News is following the Manchester derby live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they occur.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City live score
(All the eastern time)
7:11 am: Remember those reports from Ronaldo to Manchester City last summer?
6:58 am: Kevin De Bruyne on manager Pep Guardiola:
6:45 am: There will be a lot of talk about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stats against Pep Guardiola (4G-3L-1D in eight games) if Man United manage to stay undefeated for the fifth straight league game:
6:11 am: Some highlights to get the juices flowing early in the morning (if you’re a Red Devils fan):
Manchester United vs. Manchester City lineups
Manchester United’s two major absences are the suspended Paul Pogba and the injured Raphael Varane (hamstring), who left the game against Atalanta in the middle of the week and will be out for a month. Victor Lindelof had second thoughts after missing the Atalanta match, but is starting at a three-man centerline. Mason Greenwood is the third different forward to team up with Ronaldo this week after Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United starting line-up (3-5-2, left to right): 1-David de Gea-GK – 5-Harry Maguire (c), 2-Victor Lindelof, 3-Eric Bailly – 23-Luke Shaw, 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 29-Aaron Wan- Bissaka – 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 11-Mason Greenwood
Manchester United substitutes (9): 26-Dean Henderson-GK, 20-Diogo Dalot, 27-Alex Telles, 34-Donny van de Beek, 31-Nemanja Matic, 14-Jesse Lingard, 10-Marcus Rashford, 25-Jadon Sancho, 21-Edinson Cavani
Jack Grealish starts his first Manchester derby on the bench. John Stones starts from the center in place of the sanctioned Aymeric Laporte. Kyle Walker was substituted in the midweek game against Club Brugge with a blow to the foot, he recovered in time for the game. Forward Ferran Torres is still out with a long-term injury.
Manchester City starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 31-Ederson-GK – 27-Joao Cancelo, 5-John Stones, 3-Ruben Dias, 2-Kyle Walker – 20-Bernardo Silva, 16-Rodri, 8-Ilkay Gundogan (c) – 47-Phil Foden, 9- Gabriel Jesus, 17-Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City substitutes (9): 13-Zack Steffen-GK, 33-Scott Carson-GK, 6-Nathan Ake, 11-Oleksandr Zinchenko, 80-Cole Palmer, 25-Fernandinho, 26-Riyad Mahrez, 7-Raheem Sterling, 10-Jack Grealish
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How to watch Manchester United against Manchester City
- Date: Saturday november 6
- Weather: 8:30 am ET
- TV channels: NBCSN
- Spanish television: Telemundo, Universe
- Transmission: fuboTV , DAZN (CA)
The Old Trafford game will be broadcast in English (NBCSN) and Spanish (Telemundo, Universo) in the United States.
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All three channels can be broadcast on fuboTV , which offers a 7-day free trial for new users . In Canada, the English Premier League is exclusively available, live and on demand, on DAZN . And DAZN offers new customers a 30-day free trial period.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.