Manchester United vs Manchester City
by Jacek Staszak on Premier League
Manchester United have won their last 16 second leg against Olympiacos Piraeus, but the jury is still out on David Moyes and whether he can cope with being the manager at Old Trafford.
Tough games for United
A 3-0 win against the Greek side is regarded amongst United players and supporters as a probable watershed moment, but Moyes tries to calm down the situation and although he wants it to be the just that, he knows there are some fixtures that might spoil the party. “This is a work in progress and it will take time to get it as we really want it,” said the Scot.
One of those games is of course the Manchester Derby. Both sides have to win this – United in order to save their dignity this season and give fans something to hold on to and City have to win because they fight for the title and are still behind Chelsea. They have lost to The Blues at home but managed to respond with a series of three clean-sheets in their next three Premier League games.
Why City have won previous game
City’s best centre-back is undoubtedly Vincent Kompany, after being suspended in game against Fulham, Belgian will play against United and it will be another Kompany-Rooney match-up.
They both fought hard when they met in previous Manchester’s derby this season. Rooney showed his quality and scored a goal in dying minutes but unfortunately for him it was just a consolation goal. United have lost 1-4.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side showed how better they are not only in terms of individual performance but also how much depth and variety can they show whilst playing 4-4-2. Although Yaya Toure has been labeled as a defensive liability by Dietmar Hamman, the Ivorian is motivated for big games and his playmaking skills can be decisive on Tuesday.
Both teams will be without their talismanic strikers. Robin van Persie is out for six weeks and Sergio Aguero will return to training only at the end of the week. Dutchman scored a hat-trick against Olympiakos and the Argentinian’s goalscoring ability in the Premier League is second to none. It’ll be a tough job to replace them.
United have kept a clean sheet against Olympiacos but it was mainly due to David de Gea amazing saves. The Red Devils still look a bit shaky in defence and although Marouane Fellaini’s return to the squad has given Phil Jones a proper opportunity to play centre back, his partner seems to be either slow Rio Ferdinand or over-aggressive Nemanja Vidic. City’s strikers will be a much tougher job than Olympiakos’.
Both side’s weak links lie in their defence but City has more quality in different formations. They have won their last two games at Old Trafford and there are stronger indications than ever that on Tuesday we may see their third consecutive win in the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United have won 6, drawn 3 and lost 5 of their last 14 home games, scoring an average of 1.59 goals and conceding 1.17 in their last 14 games.
Manchester United have won 1 and lost 2 in their last 3 home meetings with Manchester City.
Manchester City have won 7, drawn 3 and lost 4 of their last 14 away games, scoring an average of 2.63 goals and conceding 1.0 in their last 14 games.