July 13, 2024

Man Utd make beat City, move to third place on EPL table

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Man Utd make beat City, move to third place on EPL table

Manchester United on Saturday came from behind to defeat Manchester City in a thrilling Manchester Derby on Saturday.

Expectedly, the Old Trafford would literally go aflame with fans’ agitation as Manchester United host Manchester City on Saturday in what could be one of their most evenly-matched Premier League encounters in years.

The expected soccer thrills will set Old Trafford buzzing for many years as this makes history.

United have won eight games in a row and could equal their longest winning run in all competitions since Alex Ferguson retired as manager in 2013.

Second-placed City, who are four points above United, lost to Southampton in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

“The improvement of [United’s] team is clear,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.

United are closing in on the loan signing of Burnley striker Wout Weghorst but he will not be eligible to play because he would have needed to be registered by 12:00 GMT on Friday.

Anthony Martial is a doubt with a leg injury, so in-form Marcus Rashford, who has scored seven goals in his last six games, could play as a centre-forward.

Erik ten Hag’s United have only lost once in 18 games since a 6-3 defeat by City in October.

“We have to prove that [how far they’ve come] on the pitch. There is only one truth and it is always on the pitch,” said the manager.

“It is not coming overnight, there has been a process in the last months where we develop, and progress. We have to be brave, act with belief and play our game.

“We took the lesson [from the 6-3 loss] and from that point on we made huge progress. We have to continue that process.”

City will be without England defender John Stones, who has a fitness issue and also missed their surprise midweek cup defeat by the Premier League’s bottom team.

Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan suggested they lacked hunger after losing at St Mary’s.

“What happened didn’t surprise me,” said Guardiola. “We tried to avoid it and hopefully it is not going to happen again, but it happened because we won four Premier Leagues in five years.

“After back-to-back two times, this can happen. We were not ready to go there. I was concerned it could happen and unfortunately it did. I don’t know if it will happen again, but I am not concerned.”

City striker Erling Haaland has scored 21 goals in 16 Premier League appearances. He needs just two more goals to tie the Golden Boot tally from the previous three seasons.

United will be without full-back Diogo Dalot with a hamstring injury, while midfielder has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

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