Manchester United – Manchester City will be an absolute belter of a Manchester derby on Saturday (start time 12:30pm ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com), as both teams need to get their season on track.
There have been some classic encounters between these two teams in recent seasons and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United have had plenty of success over Manchester City and Pep Guardiola in recent outings, with wins in both of their PL games last season.
However, Man City have won more games away at Man United than any other team in Premier League history. And after the latest saga surrounding Paul Pogba and being dumped out of the Champions League, the pressure is piling on Solskjaer and a defeat in the Manchester derby will see that crank up plenty of notches.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend.
Team news (INJURY REPORT)
Manchester United: OUT: Edinson Cavani (undisclosed), Phil Jones (knee).
The big team news is that Paul Pogba starts in central midfield for United, as he’s scored two goals in his last two games but his future is up in the air after his agent Mino Raiola said Pogba wants to leave in January. Anthony Martial is fit enough to return to the bench, while Edinson Cavani is not in the squad.
💪 Up the Reds!
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 12, 2020
Manchester City: OUT: Eric Garcia (fitness)
The big news for Man City is that Sergio Aguero is still out injured after suffering a bit of a setback, but Fernandinho returns in midfield and John Stones keeps his place at center back with Aymeric Laporte on the bench.
Your City team to take on United! 💙
XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Fernandinho (C), De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus
SUBS | Steffen, Gundogan, Laporte, Bernardo, Torres, Mendy, Foden
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 12, 2020
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
The favorites are Manchester City (-134), while Manchester United (+320) are massive underdogs. The draw at +290 is enticing, but only if City continue to be lackluster in attack.
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I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a draw, but Manchester City have improved drastically at the back in recent weeks. As long as they can put away the chances they create, Guardiola’s boys should ease to victory and close the gap on the title contenders. Man United 1-3 Man City
How to watch Manchester United – Manchester City, stream and start time
Kickoff: 12:30pm ET, Saturday
TV Channel: NBC
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com