Booking their spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s FA Cup in midweek and also lifting their first piece of silverware at Wembley last weekend, Manchester City will look to reclaim local bragging rights when they make the trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Picking up a 2-1 win against Aston Villa in the League Cup Final seven days ago, the soon to be former Premier League champions have won their last five matches across all competitions, including that famous turnaround at the Bernabeu last week.
On the flip side, also marching through in the FA Cup away at Derby on Thursday night, Manchester United’s 3-0 win at Pride Park finds Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run and now dreaming of securing a top-four finish.
With the mood around Old Trafford appearing to be on a recent rise, there is no doubt that Sunday’s hosts will also be boosted by their eye-catching record against their crosstown rivals.
Picking up a shock 1-0 win away at the Etihad in the semi-final of this year’s League Cup, the Reds have won two of their last three matches against the Sky Blues, including a 2-1 victory in their last top-flight meeting.
You might be interested to know that another shock United win can be found priced at 17/4 with Bet365 for Sunday afternoon.
United on the rise
While Manchester United may have seen VAR help them pick up a controversial point away at Goodison Park last weekend, the Reds have made a string of improvements since opening the New Year.
In the midst of an eight-match unbeaten run and now sat just three points adrift of climbing into the top-four, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are still firing in three competitions and the mood around Old Trafford appears to be at a season-high.
Along with January arrival Bruno Fernandes making an immediate impact in the red half of Manchester, the former Norwegian icon will be hugely excited by Odion Ighalo’s eye-catching return to England.
Shocking almost everyone across Europe after making a Deadline Day switch from the Chinese Super League, the one-time Watford marksman bagged a brace against Derby in United’s 3-0 win on Thursday night and is quickly becoming a fan favourite at Old Trafford.
Also opening his European account against Club Brugge in the Europa League last week, Ighalo will likely once again lead the line for Solskjaer’s side on Sunday and can be found priced at 3/1 with Ladbrokes to score a goal that will undoubtedly put his name in Manchester folk law.
Sergio to lead the charge
While they may have not have picked up the romp that they wanted away at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, City did land a 1-0 win on the road and will also be boosted after their League Cup exploits last weekend.
Lifting their first piece of silverware thanks to a 2-1 win at Wembley, Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last five matches on the bounce and have one foot in the semi-final of this year’s Champions League.
If Guardiola’s side are to regain Manchester bragging rights and extend on their winning run on Sunday, then there is no doubt that the former Barcelona boss will be calling on leading marksman Sergio Aguero to lead their Old Trafford charge.
Bagging what turned out to be the winner at Hillsborough in midweek, the 31-year-old has now recorded back-to-back strikes and is the outright leading scorer of all Premier League players this season, netting 23 times across all competitions so far in the 2019-20 campaign.
More impressive, finding the net 21 times in his 23 starts this season, you might be interested to know that the Argentina ace can be found pencilled in at 4/5 with 888sport to extend on his tally this weekend.