Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City: Manchester is blue

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  • De Bruyne opened scoring
  • Iheanacho doubled the lead
  • Zlatan pulled one back after a Bravo blunder
  • City have won 4 of last 6 derbies at United
  • Guardiola has 8 wins in 17 games v Mourinho

MANCHESTER — Manchester is blue.

Manchester City beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday in the Manchester derby as Pep Guardiola got the better of Jose Mourinho in a heavyweight encounter between two expensively assembled sides who are favorites for the Premier League title.

Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho gave City a 2-0 lead and just before half time Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 2-1 after making the most of a terrible blunder from Claudio Bravo.

United improved but couldn’t find an equalizer despite late pressure and City held on for the victory to make it four wins from four to open up the Premier League season.

They also have the small matter of bragging rights in Manchester…

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Early on the game began at a frantic pace as De Bruyne got in down the left and his cross just missed Sterling and Iheanacho in the center. At the other end Pogba curled a speculative effort from distance just over as the match ebbed and flowed.

City began to dominate the game and were duly rewarded in the 15th minute as a long ball forward was flicked on by Iheanacho ahead of Eric Bailly and Daley Blind was slow to respond to the loose ball. De Bruyne wasn’t and the Belgian attacker grabbed the ball, raced in on goal and gave De Gea the eyes to slot home. 1-0 to City.

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The first major flash point of the derby arrived just before the half hour mark as a loose ball bounced into the technical area and as Guardiola caught the ball Rooney tired to wrestle it back off him. There was some brief grappling and then things calmed down but it showed the passion and tension on show.

City continued to pour forward with Henrikh Mkhitaryan struggling in possession and City swarming around Marouane Fellaini, forcing United to give up possession time and time again. That pressure led to a second goal as De Bruyne was played in on the right side of the box and his shot across goal hit the post and rebounded straight to Iheanacho and he slotted home. 2-0 to Man City.

The scoring wasn’t over in the first half as United were handed a lifeline courtesy of a monumental error from City’s new goalkeeper Bravo on his debut. The Chilean goalkeeper completely misjudged a long ball into the box and Ibrahimovic picked up the loose ball and brilliantly volleyed home. 2-1. Game on.

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At half time Mourinho made two subs with Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera coming on for the disappointing duo of Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard. That meant Pogba was pushed through the middle and Rooney put to the right. Rashford made an immediate impact with the English youngster cutting in from the left and teeing up Zlatan who couldn’t quite get his shot on target.

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Guardiola brought on Fernando for Iheanacho to add an extra body in midfield and to try regain some control but his goalkeeper had another moment to forget in the 55th minute. Bravo tried to turn Herrera in his own box but a heavy touch saw him closed down by Rooney and City’s goalkeeper clattered into a 50-50 tackle. Lucky boy.

United continued to do all the pressing with City content to sit on their 2-1 lead, with Ibrahimovic firing a volley over the bar. Local lad Rashford then though he’d equalized but his shot deflected off Ibrahimovic in an offside position and in.

City had a rare chance at the other end with Fernandinho‘s volley from a corner saved initially, then Nicolas Otamendi’s effort with the follow up well blocked.

Late on United simply ran out of ideas as they pushed forward but couldn’t break through as Ibrhaimovic’s late effort was deflected wide. City held on for a 2-1 win and Guardiola, once again, prevailed over Mourinho.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Here are the latest Prince-Wright‘s Premier League picks ahead of Matchweek 28 in the Premier League, with eight games on the slate due to the League Cup final between Aston Villa and Man City on Sunday.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun with these Premier League games.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.

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With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


BASICALLY, FREE MONEY

Crystal Palace 3-1 Brighton – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Watford 0-2 Liverpool – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM


DON’T TOUCH THIS…

West Ham 1-1 Southampton – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]

Norwich 1-2 Leicester – (Friday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Everton 2-1 Man United – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Newcastle 2-1 Burnley – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM


“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”

Bournemouth 1-0 Chelsea – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Tottenham 1-3 Wolves – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Predicting the 2020 MLS standings

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The 2020 Major League Soccer season is almost here and it is time to assess the offseason for each of the 26 teams and predict how they will stack up in the standings.

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Our writers have been asked to predict where each team will finish in the table this season and with two new teams arriving in Nashville SC and Inter Miami, plus plenty of changes in terms of players and coaches across MLS, this was not an easy task. At all.

As we all know by now, Major League Soccer loves to keep it weird and plenty of teams will no doubt surprise us all. Until then, we are going with our hunch.

Below we reveal how we think both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will look at the end of the 2020 regular season.


Joe Prince-Wright

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta United
2. New York City FC
3. Toronto FC
4. Philadelphia Union
5. D.C. United
6. New York Red Bulls
7.  Inter Miami
8. Montreal Impact
9. New England Revolution
10. Columbus Crew SC
11. Chicago Fire
12. FC Cincinnati
13. Orlando City SC

Western Conference
1. LAFC
2. LA Galaxy
3. Sporting Kansas City
4. Seattle Sounders
5. Minnesota United
6. Real Salt Lake
7. Portland Timbers
8. Colorado Rapids
9. FC Dallas
10. San Jose Earthquakes
11. Houston Dynamo
12. Vancouver Whitecaps
13. Nashville SC


Nick Mendola

Eastern Conference
1. NYCFC
2. Atlanta United
3. Toronto FC
4. DC United
5. Philadelphia Union
6. Chicago Fire
7. Columbus Crew
8. Montreal Impact
9. FC Cincinnati
10. New England Revolution
11. Orlando City
12. Inter Miami
13. New York Red Bulls

Western Conference
1. LAFC
2. Portland Timbers
3. LA Galaxy
4. Sporting KC
5. Seattle Sounders
6. FC Dallas
7. San Jose Earthquakes
8. Colorado Rapids
9. Vancouver Whitecaps
10. Houston Dynamo
11. Real Salt Lake
12. Minnesota United
13. Nashville SC


Andy Edwards

Eastern Conference
1. New York City FC
2. Atlanta United
3. Toronto FC
4. Philadelphia Union
5. D.C. United
6. Montreal Impact
7. New England Revolution
8. Columbus Crew SC
9. Inter Miami
10. New York Red Bulls
11. Chicago Fire
12. Orlando City SC
13. FC Cincinnati

Western Conference
1. Seattle Sounders
2. LAFC
3. LA Galaxy
4. Real Salt Lake
5. FC Dallas
6. Sporting Kansas City
7. Colorado Rapids
8. Portland Timbers
9. Minnesota United
10. Houston Dynamo
11. San Jose Earthquakes
12. Vancouver Whitecaps
13. Nashville SC


Kyle Bonn

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta
2. Toronto
3. NYCFC
4. RBNY
5. Philadelphia
6. D.C. United
7. NE Revs
8. Inter Miami
9. Columbus
10. Orlando City
11. Montreal Impact
12. FC Cincinnati
13. Chicago Fire

Western Conference
1. LAFC
2. Seattle
3. Portland
4. RSL
5. LA Galaxy
6. FC Dallas
7. Minnesota
8. San Jose Quakes
9. Sporting KC
10. Houston
11. Vancouver
12. Nashville
13. Colorado

Premier League TV, streaming schedule

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The Premier League TV schedule is set and we have your stream links as Matchweek 28 is going to be a lot of fun. Get in there.

Remember, there are eight games this week due to the League Cup final between Aston Villa and Man City.

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The full TV schedule for the games this weekend are below, plus you can watch every single second of every single game live online via NBC Sports.com,the NBC Sports App and by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold.

Gold also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today, Sky Sports News, NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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You can also watch Premier League “Goal Rush” for all the goals as they go in around the grounds. Goal Rush is available via NBC Sports.com and the NBC Sports App.

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If you’re looking for full-event replays of Premier League games, you can find them here for the games streamed on NBCSports.com and here for the games on NBC Sports Gold.

Here’s your full TV schedule and Premier League stream links for the coming days.


FULL TV SCHEDULE

Friday
3 p.m. ET: Norwich v. Leicester – NBCSN [STREAM]

Saturday
7:30 a.m. ET: Brighton v. Crystal Palace – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Bournemouth v. Chelsea – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Newcastle v. Burnley – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Ham v. Southampton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
12:30 p.m. ET: Watford v. Liverpool – NBCSN [STREAM]

Sunday
9 a.m. ET: Tottenham v. Wolves – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
9 a.m. ET: Everton v. Man United – NBCSN [STREAM]

In the Mixed Zone with JPW: Episode 2

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NBC Sports’ Pro Soccer Talk lead writer and editor Joe Prince-Wright shares his behind-the-scenes access into the Premier League mixed zones highlighting the intriguing interviews from this week’s marquee matches.

This week, JPW shares his mixed zone interviews from Southampton-Aston Villa, Chelsea-Tottenham and Man United-Watford, talks Champions League and previews Matchweek 28.

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He also spoke exclusively with Will Smallbone, Southampton’s latest top academy product who made his PL debut in their win against Aston Villa.

“We’ve had quite a lot of players come through the ranks and you look up to them when you’re younger. To come through myself and hopefully do the best I can, it is very special,” Smallbone said.

To listen to more from the mixed zone with Joe Prince-Wright as he takes you deep inside stadiums, subscribe to In the Mixed Zone with JPW Podcast on Apple Podcasts or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

And you can follow him on Twitter @JPW_NBCSports here.

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Click play below to listen to Episode 2 in full.