All eyes are on Manchester with what could be more than just three points at stake, as Manchester United host neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer goes into the game with tremendous pressure following his sides 0-5 thrashing against Liverpool, though was quickly responded to with a 0-3 win at Spurs. Meanwhile Guardiola saw his saw slip to a surprise 0-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

The Norwegian’s future at Manchester United has been the hot topic following a consistent run of poor results which saw his side drop points at home to Aston Villa and Everton, as well as the humiliating defeat against rivals Liverpool.

Solskjaer’s side did well to react to the defeat with a convincing 0-3 victory away to Tottenham – who subsequently sacked Nuno Santo in the days following the game.

It was Cristiano Ronaldo who scored a stunning volley to put the visiting side ahead, followed by goals from Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford to seal Nuno Santo’s fate.

And in midweek, it was Cristiano Ronaldo to the rescue yet again as a sensational last-minute strike secured a vital point and spared Solskjaer’s men with increased pressure ahead of their trip to Villarreal in a fortnight.

With United and City just three points apart, it’s a vital chance for the Norwegian to come out of a tough period unscathed – and who better to do it against than your city rivals.

Manchester City

After not conceding a single Premier League goal at the Etihad this season, Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace side put an end to that run with an impressive 0-2 victory in Manchester.

Wilfried Zaha and Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher scored a goal either side of City defender Aymeric Laporte being sent off to seal a rare victory against Guardiola’s side at home.

The defeat has seen City fall five points off league leaders Chelsea and with Manchester United just a victory away from going level on points with the Cityzens, the fixture proves to have plenty of incentives for victory on both sides.

Despite their Premier League set-back, City responded in impressive fashion with a 4-1 victory against Club Brugge in the Champions League, courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez.

Guardiola’s record in Manchester derbies isn’t a great one, with his side failing to score in the last three contests in the Premier League which may give Manchester United fans some hope going into the big game on Saturday.

Team News

Manchester United were dealt with a big blow as Raphael Varane – who had just returned from a groin injury – is now set for another four-week spell on the side-lines due to a hamstring injury sustained against Atalanta midweek.

With Victor Lindelof also a doubt after missing the trip to Italy, Solskjaer may be forced to revert away from his newly trusted system of fielding three centre-backs as Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire look to be his only options available.

Paul Pogba will also be missing due to his red card received against Liverpool, though Fred and Mason Greenwood may be recalled due to a potential change in system.

As for City, Ferran Torres continues to be out for the foreseeable future while Aymeric Laporte is suspended following his red card against Crystal Palace.

Kevin De Bruyne had a 15-minute run-out against Brugge on Wednesday and should be in contention to start, while John Stones is set to partner Ruben Dias in defence.

Manchester United vs Manchester City – kick off at 12:30pm on Saturday 4th November 2021

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Niall McCaughan

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