English Premier League preview: Manchester United Vs Manchester City – 24 Apr 2019 – Old Trafford – 19:00 hrs GMT
Man United V City Odds
|Manchester United to Win|
|Manchester City to Win|
Things are looking downright dismal for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United, having stumbled to their fourth defeat from their last five outings – this time to a particularly resurgent Everton at Goodison Park.
The four-goal margin made it even more humiliating for the Red Devils who managed just one shot on target.
Paul Pogba seems to have gone back to his indifferent ways while Romelu Lukaku looked clueless.
A 2-0 loss here ended David Moyes' reign exactly five years ago in April 2014 and this United performance was even more pathetic that.
United now simply look unprepared to take on a formidable Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and with just 4 games left, only a miracle could propel them into the Top four of the EPL table.
Man Utd V City Score Predictions
Manchester United Vs Manchester City Preview
On the fitness front, the news is no better with Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly still out with injuries while the silver lining lay in the impending return of Luke Shaw from yellow card suspensions. Phil Jones is also set to return.
Manchester United's predicted starting XI in 4-3-3 formation:
de Gea (goal); Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw (defense); Matic, Pogba, Mata (midfield); Rashford, Martial, Lingard (forwards);
Asides their crushing disappointment of being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City are in superb form with folks like Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva in the form of their lives.
The reigning Premier League champions are showing all the traits that have got them to the top – focus, determination, resilience and character. Coming out of a clinical 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, City look a side who could stamp their authority in the mid-week clash at Old Trafford. Leroy Sane who has been introduced only in snatches, but made great impact, could well start on April 24th night in place of Bernardo Silva.
Pep Guardiola has no injury issues as such and his starting XI could look like this playing in a 4-3-3 formation.
Manchester City's predicted starting XI:
Ederson (goal); Walker, Stones, Kompany, Laporte (defenders); Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, David Silva (midfielders); Sterling, Sane, Aguero (forwards)
The Red Devils have been lions at home at Old Trafford much in contrast to their dismal form on the road. They have gone through their 16 home matches this season with only a solitary defeat (to Barcelona in a UCL tie). With 10 wins and 5 draws the Red Devils look ready to challenge of their forthcoming rivals, although their current form suggests otherwise.
Bookmakers have brushed aside United's impressive home record and are outrightly betting on a Man City win on Wednesday night
City, on their part, cannot afford a draw what with Liverpool just a point behind on the table with 34 games gone.