Manchester derby dissected: How United can delay's City's title celebrations


Everyone is talking about how great City are, not United.

It would really hurt if that superiority was confirmed on Saturday by City sealing the title, but the pain has been felt for a while now. It is a huge change from the 1990s when City did not beat United once. Having their players and fans rub it in our faces would be pretty sickening. Jose Mourinho even trying to bring Willian to Old Trafford last summer, but a move never materialized as Chelsea didn't want to let the 29-year-old go and Willian chose to stay after the club qualified for Champions League.

Anything above would most likely see Sandro slot in between Virgil Van Dijk and Kyle Walker as the second most expensive defender of all time.

What a weekend of football we have in store!

SC: I'm afraid nothing can or ever will compare to that afternoon in 2012.

But can City recover in under three days?

And finally, there's good news for Newcastle United.

PEP GUARDIOLA's men have the opportunity to be the quickest team to win a Premier League title against the Red Devils. Manchester United came through with a 2-0 victory over the Swans at Old Trafford in their previous league fixture.

"But we're not, because City have a very good number of points that makes it very hard to fight for the title, which we are not in at this moment". "You know how it goes between City and United, you know the history, so it would be historic".

Mourinho's men are in a rampant league run with four straight wins. The prospect of attending what could become City's title party is bad enough without being buried under a heavy score before it all kicks off.

Meanwhile, Guardiola saw his side suffer a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final clash at Anfield.

Sanchez scored and set up the other against Swansea at home but City away will be a different proposition and one that he will need to step up and take the mantle in for United.

"Nobody believes but we have another game", said Guardiola after the defeat to Jurgen Klopp's men.

Liverpool have twice shown that by bringing the fight to City with intensity and a high tempo, it's possible to cause them no end of problems even if they boast most of the possession.

At the same time, Man United will also be under pressure not to lose the second position on the table if they drop points in the game. If we are in the position we are now in the Premier League it is because everyone has made his own contribution. This most definitely is not a match for more daft experiments. It's not the manager's job to help 11 players to be better, it's to help 19 or 20 players. It is United who are supposed to have the pedigree of attacking football but instead it's their rivals who are hailed every week for taking the game to new heights.

SP: 2-1 United. Why not?