3 key battles that will decide the Manchester derby

10 November, 2018, 09:45 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Ashley Young has done a great job of filling in at full-back for Manchester United on both the left and the right side of the back four, with him most likely to line-up on the right, and as captain, on Sunday against Man City.

Jose Mourinho is hoping that Romelu Lukaku will be available for selection when Manchester United travel to Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

Lukaku has been struggling for form in recent weeks and he has not scored for Manchester United since their 2-1 win over Watford back on 15 September.

Pogba and Mendy have known each other since they were together as youngsters at Le Havre's youth academy and have maintained that friendship in Manchester.

Can United put in that kind of performance again, or will City blow them away like they have nearly every team this season?

The national squad have become very close following their success at the 2018 World Cup.

"Of course we are on a good run, United as well, it will be like all the games so tight, no team controls the game for 90 minutes and we have to defend well and attack like we have in the last games".

Mourinho and Guardiola have clashed a number of times over the years, dating back to their El Classico days when they were in charge at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. "I think he's been fantastic and I'm very happy to have him as a coach". "We will make a final decision after the weekend", Martinez said.

"Hopefully I will play and help the team to another win". I think that is untouchable but what is behind [the scenes] I can not say.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola raised the prospect Friday of soccer authorities punishing the Premier League champions over attempts to circumvent financial fair play rules.

"I want to play it as an isolated match against a hard team".

"United have the history and always they are there".

"The first 75 minutes in the last game, I'd like to play the same, top for 75 minutes, but United showed us last season they need 10, 15, 20 minutes to create a lot of chances", Guardiola said. "I don't know his answer".



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