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VMC DERBY Preview: United v City

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Saturday, 12th February

12:45 GMT

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It's here, the Manchester Derby, could it be time to knock the Rags of their wobbling throne for good?

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Manchester United Team News:

Baconhead is without his pet Camel Rio who is out for around two weeks with a calf strain. Jonny Evans is also out with ankle injuring, meaning the inexperienced Chris Smalling will partner Nemanja Vidic at centre half. I'm sure Carlos will be loving this.

Hernandez will not be involved due to jet-lag sustained from taking his trans-Atlantic flights to play for Mexico. Darren Fletcher is not 100% fit but should start none the less, alongside Scholes and another.

Rooney will most likely lead the line alone with wide support from Nani and Giggs.

United's Probable Team:

1) van der Sar

21) Rafael - 15) Vidic - 12) Smalling - 3) Evra

24) Fletcher - 18) Scholes - 16) Carrick

17) Nani - 10) Rooney - 11) Giggs

Player to watch: Paul Scholes

After last season, City's players will know all about the damage the midfield maestro can cause. His passing ability is unrivalled in the English game and was described yesterday by Xavi as 'the best central midfielder in the last 15, 20 years.' Should we stand a chance of leaving Old Trafford with a favourable result, we must hassle him, give him no space to work with and get in his face. Deprive Scholes of space and you deprive him of options

Manchester City Team News:

Nigel de Jong has been ruled out after failing to recover from an ankle injury in time. The Dutch terrier will be a huge loss in midfield, where he provides integral crunch and bite. However, a replacement must be found and it is James Milner who is the most likely candidate to fill de Jong's boots. Despite playing a substantial amount of football in recent weeks. Mario Balotelli is unlikely to make the bench after only completing fitness training this week; not taking part in any actual football drills.

Mancini will pick the dependable Zabaleta at left back to deal with the threat of Nani whilst Richards could make his return at right back after concussion. Barry and Yaya will start in midfield with Kolarov and Silva in advanced positions in support of Tevez. Dzeko will be on the bench but expect him to play a part, his first Premier League goal against United? Now that would be cheeky.

City's Probable Team:

25) Hart

2) Richards - 28) Kolo - 4) Kompany - 5) Zabaleta

7) Milner - 42) Yaya - 18) Barry - 13) Kolarov

21) Silva

32) Tevez

Player to watch: David Silva

Recently praised by Tevez as 'City's best signing' after numerous excellent performances, pulling the strings and orchestrating our attacks with intuitive passing. His ability to deliver the ball through a needle's eye should come in useful today as Tevez looks to attack Smalling. United do not have a player like Silva - a player who can create space for others and exploit gaps in defence. It is of paramount importance that he sees a lot of the ball tomorrow because his ingenuity really could prove to be the difference.

Match Facts & Stats

Manchester City have won just one of their last 26 league visits to Old Trafford.

The Eastlands club have failed to score in four of the last five league encounters with United.

The two sides have drawn 49 of their 143 league encounters.

United have scored the most headed goals in the Premier League this season (14). But they have also conceded the highest percentage of headed goals in the top flight (33%).

City have not lost any of the 25 league games in which Carlos Tevez has scored, winning 23 of them.

Only Arsenal (25) have earned more points away from home in the Premier League than City (22) this season, but they are winless in their last three on the road.

Match Prediction:

I hate predicting this fixture; I feel like I'm tempting fate. However, I will attempt to state how I feel. I'm feeling more confident leading into this fixture than I have been for donkey's years. The absence of de Jong dents my aspirations slightly but I firmly believe that should we defend resolutely, break with pace and utilise Silva, then I think a win is not beyond the team. The selection of Kolarov in an advanced position could be more significant than many think. He will provide genuine width and will threaten with his fizzing delivery and rocket of a shot. The focus will obviously be on Tevez. The 'traitor' who will be keener than all to make an impression. Baconface will probably match City and go for a 4-5-1 formation with Rooney as the lone frontman, supported by two wingers. This selection will certainly not please the league's leading goal scorer, Dimitar Berbatov who is often left out for the big games. United will rely heavily on the ageing legs of Giggs and Scholes with Fletcher not 100% fit and Carrick just being Carrick, United could struggle to control the midfield - an area of the game they normally pride themselves on dominating. I genuinely can't wait for this game. My heart says a City win but my head says a well contested draw. Prediction: United 1 - 1 MCFC.

Next Fixtures:

Tuesday, 15th February v FC Aris @ 17:00 (Europa - A)

Date:Saturday February 12 2011
Time: 1:22AM


Excellent preview. Anderson might play instead of Scholes, but I hope the Ginger one is playing so our midfield can teach him what a proper tackle is. Zabaleta taking out Nani is also going to be fun to watch :)
12/02/2011 02:51:00
If Scholes is to retire then I cannot see him wanting to miss this one, he has been a big pain in the backside, but not as bad as the chuckle brother. Will Bob go for the throat and shock United, I would hope so, but my gut feeling is he will keep it tight and hope to score with a break away, but this is not how potential champions elect should approach these games with other top teams. a bore draw or a goal feast.
Buzz Lightyear
12/02/2011 06:22:00
I'm suspecting a repeat of the Eastlands match, but if we score first, then who knows? Can't see him leaving Scholes out with de Jong missing. Him and Fletcher can kick whatever they want in midfield pretty well unopposed! And you can bet that the dirty Scot will be putting it about on Silva. Talk about a difference in class and quality.
12/02/2011 08:04:00
The scene is imepccably set as ever by The Scraggster. COME ON CITY!
Johnny Baguette
12/02/2011 08:08:00
if you could take one and only 1 united player to city who would it be???
12/02/2011 11:33:00
Johnny Baguette
12/02/2011 11:36:00
United's Team: van der Sar O'Shea Vidic Smalling Evra Fletcher Scholes Anderson Nani Giggs Rooney
12/02/2011 11:53:00
City's Team: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Zabaleta, Milner, Barry, Yaya, Silva, Kolarov. Tevez
12/02/2011 11:55:00
This is going to be epic...
12/02/2011 12:02:00
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