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Man Utd vs Man City Live Match Stream

Our live stream ahead of Saturdays Premier League match, Man Utd vs Man City is now up and running, kicking off at 17.30 GMT.


You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…

United come into the game off the back of a midweek loss the RB Leipzig, which saw them crash out of the Champions League, condemning them to the Europa League football after Christmas.

They did however beat West Ham 3-1 away from home in their last Premier League outing. This gave the Red Devils a club-record nine successive away league games, unbeaten on the road since January.

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Their home record is not quite as flattering as they have amassed just four points at Old Trafford this season. Three of these points came from their last home fixture against West Brom, extending their winning form to four wins on the bounce.

Guardiola’s men are beginning to find the sort of consistency we have become used to seeing from them, and they will relish the chance to pour more misery on their neighbours in what has already been a difficult week.

Only Spurs have beaten Man City in their last 15 games across all competitions, while their victory over Fulham last weekend secured back-to-back Premier League wins for the very first time this season.

There will still be concerns over Man City’s away form, though, having won just once on the road in the league since their opening game of the campaign.

Solskjaer’s side have found the net just three times at home this season, yet has displayed an uncanny ability to pull big results out of the bag when he needs them most. He has won three of his five previous managerial meetings with Pep Guardiola – the best win rate of any manager to have gone head to head with Guardiola four or more times.

The last time the two clubs met was in March with the Red Devils winning 2-0 in front of a home crowd…

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PRESS CONFERENCE:

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Setting target for City game

“Start quickly is one thing but start good, you can start quickly, we wanna get on the front foot straight away, goals impact games and when you get the first goal it’s easier.”

“That’s something we want to get to in this game, we’ve done well against City in the last few games against them early on, then again it’s a 90-min game but we want to get a good start.”

On United’s defence

“There’s loads of things we can do better, defend better from the front, we’ve scored quite a few goals in those 10 games, that’s nature of Manchester United, many many goals.”

“We want to defend maybe higher up, we got pegged back during midweek and they scored from crosses, which was disappointing.”

On injuries..

“Of course, we were disappointed on Tuesday night, it’s natural, we really wanted to go through, reality is not, we got to move on. It was a tight group decided by fine margins, you can see that in most games.”

“It was a long travel back, so we had a day of recovery on Wednesday and after that the focus has been good, focus on this game, Manchester derby, probably the best game you can ask for after such a disappointment because it does stick in your system.”

“Anthony will definitely be involved, Edinson has been on the grass but I’ll make a decision later.”

On De Gea…

“David’s a top goalkeeper and rightly on the lists of best GK in Europe, he’s handled criticism and setbacks before, he’s a man that we really rely on and hopefully he’s not affected by criticism and I don’t think he will be.

“Every goal a goalkeeper concedes you’ll be disappointed with.”

On Pogba

“I speak to my players on a daily basis and Paul’s no different to anyone else.

“We speak in small groups and for me what was disappointing this week was us going out of the Champions League, players wanna go through in that and whatever anyone’s representatives say can’t really affect me, I’ve said what I wanted to say about that.”

On Champions League group and Europa League

“It’s been a step up from last season with the Europa League, those six games have been great in testing levels because we played against two top teams, one in final and one in semi-final last year, we’ve learnt any small mistake will get punish, any margin can punish you, we were very close to going through in a very good group, that shows me a team moving forward from drawing to Colchester and barely beating Rochdale.

“We struggled to beat Astana, Partizan convincingly, we’ve taken steps from last year, a year back. Short-term learning is we still have a little bit of a way to go to of course compete and go and win the Champions League because that’s our aim to win trophies and be contenders.”

On squad reaction to setbacks

“I think every player is the same. Any player that plays football should be disappointed when you lose a game.

“They want to bounce back and win the next one. We’ve handled setbacks well, during games and before the next game. You need to analyse what went wrong.

“It’s important not to press the panic button because you can’t win every game. Some games will hurt more than others and have more consequences than others. We’re facing the reality of no Champions League and we move on. We need to get back into the Champions League by improving.”

On United’s direction

“Yes, I feel we’re getting better and better and looking more like a United team that I want with fast attackers, dynamic.”

“We’ve got good players and individual quality that can create magic out of nothing, that’s always been at United but we can see more of the penetration and consistency everyone says we don’t have.”

“We’ve won our last four in the league which has become a good run and hopefully that continues.”

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Pep Guardiola

On preparations…

“Thinking we’re going to face the best version of them, especially talk a lot about what we have to do. It’s not a knockout game, it is three more points – important of course because of the quality of the opponent but there are a lot of fixtures to come and we try to win our games.”

On the game without fans

“Of course it is much better, being at Old Trafford and the stadium is much better playing with fans but the virus is still here. When we open the stadiums step by step as has already happened in some areas of England, the PL and government and scientists will decide when we can make the next step and when everything is settled the fans will be back.”

On mood in the camp

“In football you have to show again but all the mood and the environment of the backroom staff and players is exceptional this season, with no preparations and Covid the players have all responded incredibly well. No complaints”

On life of a manager…

“We know it. That’s why we get a lot of salary, to keep these situations. It is important to know the value of Solskjaer, there is no doubt about this, I don’t have to give him support because he is strong enough and knows how this job works and like you said at the beginning when we win we are a genius and when we lose you have to be sacked. It happens at United and all around the world, it is a reality.”

Fans still present on social media…

“Of course they are. Our fans always were, and every club in England. The supporters are so loyal and social media today everyone has opinions. The club have to take the decisions they have to take.”

On United going out the CL and it being more common big teams drop out…

“Absolutely but what is not going to change is the margin to be in the next round or be out in the group stages. With 1-1 against PSG, Martial has two clear chances and he misses, and Leipzig is 3-3 and win 4-3 in the 94th minutes and that’s why they have the chance to win the next game.”

“Even in the last minute it could have been 3-3 but it wasn’t and United are out. This is the Champions League. We have to accept it. The margin is so high and because of that big teams can be out.”

“That’s why always when we win one game in the group stage I congratulate the players because it is so difficult. The Premier League is the same. Every time we are able to do it is a big compliment. In the process every time we win we think about the next game. This is the way we have to live our profession.”

On squad selection…

“Except two players, the others are fit. With this ridiculous rule everyone cannot be on the bench so that’s why the players have to be ready every week because there are guys waiting to be in the team.”

On recent games against the top six…

“Yeah, and the other 13 teams as well. It isn’t the Carabao Cup like what happened against United or Champions League. This is 38 games and we have played 10 or 11. It is important but next season will be important now.”

FORM:

Manchester United Premier League form: DLWWWW
Manchester United form (all competitions): WWWLWL

Manchester City Premier League form: DWDLWW
Manchester City form (all competitions): LWWDWW

LINEUPS:

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood

Manchester City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Mendy; Rodri, Fernandinho; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling; Jesus

THATSAGOAL TIP:

Manchester City to Win – 8/11 with FanTeam.

The Red half of Manchester just suffered an embarrassing drop into the Europa League after losing to RB Leipzig in midweek.

Four wins on the bounce in the Premier League masks the difficulties United have had to overcome, particularly in their last two fixtures coming from behind to Southampton and West Ham.

Manchester City have had their own challenges in the league and recently fell into Tottenham’s trap in a 2-0 defeat. Neither side are where they want or believe they should be and questions will be asked of whoever loses.

The return of Sergio Aguero could be crucial as City aim to leapfrog their Manchester rivals.

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