There are only a few matches that are fiercer than the Manchester derby in English club football. What used to be a game between the Red Devils and their noisy neighbors has now become something bigger.
The Citizens may not be the most popular or successful team in the city. However, City’s recent successes has seen them become the more popular side in recent years. Man. Utd have failed to win any domestic trophy in a while. This is one of the factors that makes the second leg of this EFL Cup semi-final clash as important for them as it is for the defending champions, Man. City.
The first leg between both sides ended in a 3-1 win for Manchester City at the Theatre of Dreams. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men now have an uphill task to achieve: outscore Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City have only lost twice at home in their last 20 home games in all competitions. One of those losses came against Manchester United. If the Red Devils are to defeat Man. City in this derby clash, they have to be careful of Man. City’s scoring prowess.
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In their last 20 home games in all competitions, Manchester City have scored 60 goals – an average of three goals per game. This is not good news for Man. Utd, a side that has failed to keep a clean sheet in the last six Manchester derby games.
For all of Man. City’s domination of this fixture in recent years, the history between both sides is not overly tipped to one side. The last 10 meetings between both sides produced five wins for Manchester City and three for Manchester United.
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Considering their record at the Etihad Stadium, Man. Utd can go into this game full of hope. The Red Devils have won five of their last 10 visits to their cross-town rivals. As they chase an EFL Cup final ticket, Manchester United fans will be hoping to witness yet another miracle night that sees their side progress.
Manchester United’s Poor Form
With Marcus Rashford out injured, Man. United have to look elsewhere for their goals. Their 0-6 win over Tranmere must have been a big boost for their confidence. It was the first time they scored six goals in a game this season.
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However, Tranmere is different from Manchester City. And their form of late puts makes them favorites to suffer yet another Manchester derby defeat. In their last 10 away games, United suffered a defeat every two games, suffering five losses in 10 games.
With such a poor run of form away from home, is there any hope for Man. Utd in this game? Will this one end in yet another white-washing defeat from Man. City? Leave us your comments about this game and share your thoughts with us.