Football Predictions

Man Utd vs Man City predictions, preview and confirmed line-ups

By Ben Green

Published: 15:31, 8 March 2020

For the fourth time this season, Manchester United and Manchester City will lock horns in another mouthwatering derby.

Despite City’s dominance in recent years, it is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side who have enjoyed the greater success in this blockbuster matchup of late, claiming two wins in the previous three meetings.

The Norwegian will be desperate to make it a hat-trick of wins this campaign against the club’s bitter rivals, but Pep Guardiola is a renowned perfectionist and won’t allow complacency to creep in when his stars travel to Old Trafford.

So, can Solskjaer shift the dynamic in the North West and claim three wins over City in a single season? Or will Guardiola pull off yet another tactical masterclass and reclaim the bragging rights?

Read on for Man Utd vs Man City predictions, team news, TV coverage information and more.

Man Utd vs Man City: Key details and TV info

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Old Trafford

Date: Sunday, 08 March 2020

Kick-off: 4:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League

Last five meetings: Man Utd vs Man City

29 January 2020: Man City 0-1 Man Utd (League Cup)

07 January 2020: Man Utd 1-3 Man City (League Cup)

07 December 2019: Man City 1-2 Man Utd (Premier League)

24 April 2019: Man Utd 0-2 Man City (Premier League)

11 November 2018: Man City 3-1 Man Utd (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Man Utd (WLWLL) 5-9 Man City (LWLWW)

Ones to watch

Man Utd: Bruno Fernandes

The Portuguese’s impact has been immediate and he is already proving indispensable to Solskjaer and the club’s aspirations this season. At a glance, Fernandes is an archetypal Guardiola player in almost every department, from his movement, to his technique. But, it is the red and black jersey Fernandes dons and he could prove the difference-maker when these two sides clash this weekend. Should that be the case, we could see yet another rise in Fernandes’ stock on Football Index.

Bruno Fernandes Football Index value March 2020: £7.47 (Sell)  £8.03 (Buy)

Key stat: Fernandes has been directly involved in five goals across his first six Man Utd appearances.

Man City: Sergio Aguero

When City were struggling to break down Sheffield Wednesday’s parked bus on Wednesday night, it was Aguero who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and broke the deadlock. So often has the Argentine been the man to come to City’s rescue and he will likely play a lead role this weekend at Old Trafford, a stadium he has enjoyed much success at over the years.

Key stat: In five matches at Old Trafford across his career, Aguero has found the back of the net four times.

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Team news

Man Utd

Man City

Squawka prediction

Man Utd are unbeaten in nine matches, including their 1-0 win over City in the League Cup semi-final, but there have been one or two jittery moments in that time, notably draws with Club Brugge, Wolves and Everton. Against a City side who will be full of confidence following their win over Real Madrid and a recent triumph at Wembley, they may struggle to keep pace.

Scoreline prediction: Man Utd 1-3 Man City

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