The standout Premier League fixture this weekend takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as Manchester City faces Manchester United in the Manchester derby.

Three places and 19 points separate the two bitter rivals in the table, with the hosts seeking to steer clear of Liverpool at the top while the Red Devils aim to re-ignite their top-four pursuit.

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Man City vs Man Utd

Match Preview:

As we have become accustomed to seeing all season long, one team’s hard work was undone by an inexplicable VAR decision, as Everton held Manchester City at Goodison Park and was somehow not awarded a penalty when the ball struck Rodri‘s arm inside the area.

A lapse of concentration from Michael Keane at the other end of the field allowed Phil Foden to prod home the game’s only goal eight minutes from time, but Everton was reportedly apologized to by PGMOL chief Mike Riley after VAR official Chris Kavanagh saw nothing wrong with the Rodri incident.

However, champions certainly have to win ugly on a couple of occasions, and City have seemingly mastered the art of doing so, but they strolled to a 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over Peterborough United earlier this week to set up a quarter-final showdown with Southampton.

Foden’s late Goodison goal saw Man City open up a six-point gap to Liverpool in the rankings – although the Reds do boast a game in hand – and Pep Guardiola will need no reminding of how his side’s most recent home encounter went against Tottenham Hotspur.

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However, the champions have unsurprisingly scored a joint-high 36 goals in the Premier League at home this term and have shipped a mere nine – winning seven in a row at the Etihad before that shock defeat to Spurs – and Man United’s clinical edge was simply non-existent last time out.

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Guardiola confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias are both unavailable for the derby, with the latter facing between four and six weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Zack Steffen and Cole Palmer are also injury concerns for the Citizens but would never have started here, and Guardiola now has Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus raring to go after their injury woes.

Kyle Walker has struggled for consistent starts of late but it would be surprising to see him not return to the first XI here, which would see John Stones return to a central role as Dias recovers.

As for Man United, Scott McTominay is expected to recover from illness in time to take his rightful place in the middle of the park, and Edinson Cavani could also be back from his groin problem, but Rangnick has admitted “question marks” over a couple of unnamed players.

Rangnick needs to be careful with Cristiano Ronaldo‘s 37-year-old legs, but reports have claimed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will start at the Etihad nonetheless, with Marcus Rashford on standby.

Fans will expect to see Nemanja Matic make way for Jadon Sancho after a toothless attacking performance against Watford, and Rangnick also has a big call to make over Harry Maguire after dropping the skipper last week.

Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane did not do much wrong against the Hornets, so it would not be a complete surprise to see Maguire benched once again amid reports of unrest behind-the-scenes over his consistent game time.

Manchester City’s possible starting lineup:
Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Sterling

Manchester United possible starting lineup:

Manchester City v Manchester United

De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Telles; Pogba, McTominay; Elanga, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo

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