For Manchester United, this weekend’s derby at Old Trafford will be their first in recent memory, so expectations are high.
The 187th Manchester derby will take place at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, which is a welcome return for Manchester United fans.
United was beaten 2-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier this season, but the manner of the defeat was embarrassing.
For much of the second half, Manchester City opted to play like a training session rather than try to score goals.
If Manchester United can secure a win in Ralf Rangnick’s first derby, it will be a huge boost to their Champions League hopes, and the stakes are even higher given the importance of the game.
While United’s latest trip into enemy territory will be no different from any other, here are three things we can be sure of during the game.
Manchester United’s away day fans are legendary, even though the game will be played at the Etihad. During games, they are often heard over the opposing crowd’s screams.
There will be a hearty verse of one of United’s famous chants if anything happens during the game, whether it is an excellent tackle, an outstanding save, or even, God forbid!, an actual goal.
It is possible to arrange for Anthony Elanga to perform renditions of songs such as “Rhythm is a dancer,” “Give it, Give it, Give it to Edi Cavani,” and “Bruno Bruno Bruno” upon request.
A player will receive a red card at some point.
Marouane Fellaini was sent off for a headbutt on Sergio Aguero during a scuffle in the Manchester derby in 2017, which was one of the more memorable aspects of a drab 0-0 draw.
Taking an early shower is long overdue in this fiercely contested game.
There’s a fear that one of our lads will be sent off after the scrappiness of Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes against Leeds, especially given that City seem to be getting all the VAR breaks right now.
In particular, McTominay benefited from Leeds’ perfect slide-tackle conditions, which allowed him to get a lot of mileage out of his excuse. In the role of defensive midfielder under Rangnick, he can appear awkward and vulnerable to Manchester City’s attacks.
Then there’s the incredible goal he set himself for 2020, which we can all remember. Scott, it’s time to step into the role of hero once more. It would only enhance his legacy if he were to receive a late red card as United hold on for three points.
It’s going to be a really dull game.
It’s never changed. There’s never a dull moment in the build-up to the most important derby in English football. As you watch the game unfold, you’ll be bombarded with the story of the fallen giant vs. the new king of the hill.
In the last five to six years it has been a disappointment, except when United win.
United will try to hit City on the counter and City will try to dominate possession as usual. If neither of those things results in a goal, as neither team can afford to lose, the game will be cagey.
Is it possible that either side will need only a single moment of magic? Is there a seasoned goalie out there who could use a goal?