The 166th Manchester derby sees David Moyes takes his team inside the city walls for the first time since his Everton career ended…
‘I don’t need to be here to realise how important this match is – working and living here, I know it’s a special game. Football in England is important and the most important thing is that the fans enjoy the game and I’m sure we’re going to have a good match. It’s not my duty to analyse Manchester United. David Moyes is a very good manager but I don’t want to analyse them. It’s impossible not to be under a lot of pressure taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, but I think that is a good way to work. It’s very important to win it and we must win it.’
‘There is an excitement for any derbies in any big city in the world. I’ve experienced derby games in Glasgow and on Merseyside. They are all really important to your own supporters. They are important to the players as well but ultimately it’s about what happens come the end of the season and how many points you get together to see who is top.’
Manchester CITY Team News:
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Player to watch: Yaya Touré
Equally City’s midfield colossus and a rag nemesis, the giant Ivorian is rumbling into powerful form. Many commentators, indeed those across Planet Blue have overlooked the big man’s achievements and involvement of late. By far and away he is currently the Premier League’s most prolific passer of a ball with 347 passes successfully completed. The Yaya that turns up will have a significant impact upon the result.
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Player to watch: Ashley Young
Since his Premier League debut in 2006, serial diver Ashley Plunge has won a joint league high 12 penalties. It isn’t difficult to see why. The screeching turf plummeter didn’t listen to Lord Taggart’s words of admonishment previously, so why will he listen to Gollum Moyes’ public slating of his latest cheating? Expect him to go to ground repeatedly on Sunday in dangerous areas.
Match Facts & Stats
THE NUMBERS GAME:
United’s only win in their last 5 Premier League away games came on the season’s opening weekend in Swansea.
Currently United have scored 244 goals in the derby. City’s goals total 224.
Since the start of the 2012-13 season, no side has kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than City with 21.
United have won 6 of the last 10 Premier League meetings between the 2, with City winning three. City have won 4 of the last 7 derbies in all competitions.
The Blues have scored in each of their last 52 Premier League home games. The all time record for the modern day top flight is 66, set by United.
This is the 1st occasion since 1947 that both City and United’s bosses are new to a Manchester derby. That was when Jock Thomson’s City and Matt Busby’s United drew 0-0.
HEAD TO HEAD:
League: 40 City Wins, 49 Draws, 59 united Wins
League Cup: 3 City Wins, 1 Draw, 2 united Win
Other Cup: 2 united Wins
FA Cup: 3 City Wins, 5 united Wins
Total: 46 City Wins, 50 Draws, 68 united Wins
THIS COULD BE THE LAST TIME:
Mo 08Apr 2013 Man Utd 1 – 2 Man City PL
Su 09Dec 2012 Man City 2 – 3 Man Utd PL
Mo 30Apr 2012 Man City 1 – 0 Man Utd PL
Su 08Jan 2012 Man City 2 – 3 Man Utd FAC
Su 23Oct 2011 Man Utd 1 – 6 Man City PL
Su 07Aug 2011 Man Utd 3 – 2 Man City CS
Sa 16Apr 2011 Man City 1 – 0 Man Utd FAC
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Howard Webb of South Yorkshire
-Last Season:: Su 19Aug 2012 Man City 3 – 2 Southampton PL, Sa 03Nov 2012 West Ham 0 – Man City 0 PL, Sa 27Apr 2013 Man City 2 – 1 West Ham PL
This Season: No City Games Reffed To Date-2012/13: 42 Games, 148 Yellows, 5 Reds -2013/2014: 4 Games, 10 Yellows, 0 Reds…
Urban Myth – Webb Pro United & Anti-City: Across the past 2 seasons – Webb has refereed City 9 times – City won 7 and drawn 2. Webb has refereed United 10 times – United have won 7, drawn 2 and lost 1.
Johnny On The Spot:
The media’s week long Wayne Rooney arslikhan and customary United love-in which has seen some newspaper sports pages reduced to little more than rag fanzines has taken a lot of focus off Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City. After a fortnight of unprecedented United bashing that followed a dreadfully public failed summer in the transfer market then an unspectacular run of results, a sudden U-turn has coincided with the return to the media frontline of club director and renowned media manipulator Sir Alex Ferguson. This has left City to focus upon the job in hand following a terrific Champions League away trip while the simpering and fawning continues over every rag’s favourite scouser unabated…It may be early in the season, but the significance of this fixture is upped immeasurably by both sides having made below par debuts to their respective campaigns. Put simply, the team that loses will have registered only 7 points from a possible 15 and a poor start to a title defence or challenge will be confirmed. This is a nightmare scenario that neither club wants and could lead to the type of cagey stalemate that governed the recent United and Chelsea bore draw. Or will it? I perceive the key to this game being the rags defence IF City can deliver across the board a high work rate, in your face approach again. Should they fail to do that, they will be beaten. Evra, Vidic and Ferdinand are at the ages now where they are terrified of pace and City have younger attacking players on board who are more than capable of going rapidly through the gears, particularly if Moyes adopts safety first tactics. It all makes for a fascinating encounter but I just feel that balanced out against United’s own dangerous intent, The Blues will have that bit of extra aforementioned zip in key attacking areas up against veteran defenders who have a tendency to concede more goals than City to swing this game in their favour.
City 2 rags 1
all times East Manchester BST
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Sa 28 Sep 15h00 Aston Villa, Villa Park PL
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Sa 05 Oct 12h45 Everton, The Etihad PL
Sa 19 Oct 17h30 West Ham, Upton Park PL
We 23 Oct 17h00 CSKA Moscow, Arena Khimki CLGS3
Su 27 Oct 16h00 Chelsea, Stamford Bridge PL
Sa 02 Nov 15h00 GMT Norwich City, The Etihad PL
Tu 05 Nov 17h00 GMT CSKA Moscow, The Etihad CLGS4
Su 10 Nov 1405 GMT Sunderland, Stadium of Light PL
Su 24 Nov 13h30 GMT Spurs, The Etihad PL
We 27 Nov 19h45 GMT Viktoria Plzen, The Etihad CLGS5
Tu 01 Dec 16h10 GMT Swansea City, The Etihad PL
We 04 Dec 20h00 GMT West Brom, The Hawthorns PL