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Manchester United vs Manchester City at Old Trafford

Old Trafford Referee : Andre Marriner
24th April 2019 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 0 Manchester United

  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘54' Bernardo Silva
    • ‘66' Leroy Sané


Commentary By Rob Pollard



"We knew without Romelu Lukaku they would try more run in behind. The chances we lost came from us losing simple balls in the middle and we changed things in the second half, with Ilkay Gundogan in the middle and with Leroy Sane on we were more dynamic.

"Both teams deserve the title. But it can be just one. The team that is going to lose can't have regrets because they have given everything. Normally with this kind of victory you can it enjoy it the most but we have to be calm."



 "I understand the pressure we have and obviously here at Old Trafford with Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard running behind. I told them we needed to play to win, it doesn't matter if we concede.

"Now we go to Burnley and we know how tough it will be. It's important to be calm. We are still not champions with three games left - it's incredible with the points we have and Liverpool have.

"I told the players don't read tomorrow, don't watch the television, just rest and sleep a lot and go in there against Burnley."



"We increased the level for the Premier League last season with 100 points. That’s the level. Liverpool are chasing. What they have done is incredible but it’s in our hands. Going to Burnley will be tough and trying to play our game.

"Thank you [to the fans] for support in the last two games. Our supporters are amazing away. I feel it more away than at home sometimes. The players deserve that."



"We play with a lot of pressure. They were playing for Champions League qualification. After their 4-0 defeat by Everton, we knew their players would be committed.

"We lost some balls in the middle of the pitch in the first half and they had counter attacks. We did well to win the game in the second half. Fortunately we made an incredible second half.”


New record

Pep Guardiola has become the first visiting manager to win his first three Premier League matches at Old Trafford.

It also means City are now the most successful visiting side at Old Trafford in the Premier League era.

We have recorded seven wins – including six in our last eight visits – moving us ahead of Chelsea, who have managed six.

City are now one point ahead of Liverpool with three matches remaining this season after 11 wins on the bounce. 


3 to go

11 Premier League wins in succession have got us to this stage. Great form. 

Three games to go and it's in our hands. Couldn't ask for much more, given the quality of this Liverpool side. 


Pogba's effort deflected and looks like it could fall United's way - but Ederson so brave to come out and collect. Takes all the pressure out of the situation. 



Decent move to start the half. Bernardo did brilliantly to win the ball on half way, dribbled past three and slipped in Silva. He almost found Sterling inside the box but United clear. 


Weird half and not one I particularly enjoyed.

City improved towards the end and in flashes looked decent, but overall too sloppy in possession. 

United have been given too much encouragement. 


Best chance so far. Great team move, all one-touch stuff until Raheem takes over inside the box, shoots and De Gea makes a fine save low down. 


Fernandinho with a brilliant pass towards Sterling, who beat the offisde trap. But his touch lets him down at the vital moment. 

Better last five minutes, no question about that. 


Fernandinho dispossessed in midfield, Lingard tries to take Laporte on with United two on two. Laporte makes a vital challenge. 

I don't like this game. 


Excellent from Aguero down the left. Beats Smalling and Young and delivers a fine ball into the box. Bernardo's overhead back across goal is just too far in front of Silva. 

Decent play. 


Bernardo with a powerful effort - saved by De Gea.

And then up the other end, Ederson comes out to save at Rashford's feet. Brilliantly goalkeeping from the Brazilian. 


Close. Sterling cuts inside, unleashes a shot that clips Smalling and completely wrong-foots De Gea - but he manages to change direction and save it. 


Better. Great skill from Bernardo sees him fly past Shaw. Good period passing ends with Sterling trying to work a shot. United eventually get it clear. 


United have made five changes, we've made three. 

Pep says United will start quick. They need a reaction from Sunday. 

But we seem to enjoy playing here these days. 

Huge game, whichever way you slice it. 



We have won five of our past seven Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford (D1, L1), having triumphed in only one of our first 14 visits.



"It's a special game and it's important. I trust all my players. We need to be ourselves,.

"They will start strong for their people after losing 4-0."


KO approaching

Less than 45 minutes to go before what can only be described as the biggest game of our season so far. 

This isn't just bragging rights - this has far more serious implications. 


Goal machine

Sergio Aguero has scored four Premier League goals at Old Trafford - only Steven Gerrard, with five, has netted more as a visiting player.



"I would like to say yes but it is not down to me to say that.

"Of course, I am confident in my team and myself.

"I am ready to take this challenge on. I know it is a big challenge. That is why I came. I don't like losing but it is a great challenge.

"But when you have bad results you have to be confident enough to say this is the way we are going to do it."



"We have to win four games to retain our title.

"It is not an easy place to go but it is a nice place to go. We know exactly what we have to do.

"It is a derby and all the times we play against United they are special games and players do their best."


United XI

De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Young, Fred, Andreas, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford

Subs: Romero, Matic, Dalot, Sanchez, Mata, Martial, Lukaku 


City fan Andrew Green on his favourite OT memory

"I’ve had some quite unexpectedly great times watching City at Old Trafford over the years but one day stands out clearly as my favourite.

"February 2008. After one of the most exciting starts to a season I had ever seen, the City and Sven brief fling was beginning to go a bit flat (unlike the balloons that had seen us out of the FA Cup just a fortnight before). We edged out of Manchester dreaming of an unlikely league double and looking for our first league victory at Old Trafford since the world’s most famous back heel.

"Both teams lined up wearing special commemorative shirts and wreaths were laid to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. Both sets of fans observed an impeccably held silence with the eyes of the world watching.

"I’m sure I don’t need to describe the goals to people reading this. All I can say is that at that time, I’m not sure I thought I would ever see City beat United at Old Trafford. It was the most impeccable performance both on and off the pitch, a day I will never forget and one I still think about now, even with all of the unbelievable days and moments that have followed."


Pep on Derby tension

Tonight's game looks set to be a hugely significant juncture in what’s turning out to be one of the closest title races in years.

Top spot has changed hands 27 times, and with four matches remaining, City sit two points behind Liverpool with a game in hand.

The equation for City is simple: win all four and we become the first side since 2009 to retain the Premier League trophy.

Guardiola admits a game of such magnitude brings tension, but says his players need to use the pressure to produce their best football. 

“Tension is there and its necessary,” he said. “The pressure is necessary to complete these kind of games.

"Everybody knows we are going to play forward and try to focus on the target of what we need to do.

“Today we spoke a little bit on how to beat them, players who played a lot of games in the last week. We will go through specifics tomorrow in the morning.”

City have a fine recent record at Old Trafford, winning five and drawing one of the last seven games there. 

And Guardiola says he has faith in his side to extend our sequence of positive results. 

"We did it in the past, I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow but we will do our best to do it again," he said.

"I like my team, doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow.

"The players know the importance of tomorrow. You always have to understand the situation. If you lost the last game 4-0 and being told something not good things about the performance, I know exactly what our reaction would be from our players, and that is what is going to happen tomorrow.

"We accept that, that is the challenge."


Foden ready

Pep Guardiola says Phil Foden is ready to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

The 18-year-old has been eased into the first team over the past two seasons and scored his first Premier League goal on Saturday, heading home the winner from close range as City beat Tottenham 1-0.

It was his 35th appearance for the Club and he once again impressed with his technical quality and ability to read the game.

And ahead of Wednesday’s crucial derby, Guardiola says he has no doubt Foden can handle the occasion if selected.

“He’s ready,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know the importance to be a Man City fan but he is going to help a lot and will be ready.

“We will see, he will have to dream tonight.”


Can he deliver tonight?

Aguero’s next Premier League goal means he will have scored 20 or more in six seasons. Only Alan Shearer (7) has more.


Typical Manchester weather

For those not in Manchester right now, we've basically just had a downpour of biblical proportions. It was like a monsoon. 

Great for the garden... 


In our hands

The equation for us is simple: win all our four remaining games and we will become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League title. 

Easier said than done - but it's in our hands ahead of this evening. 


Expecting a definitive result

None of City’s last 26 Premier League matches have ended level - the longest current run in the competition. We have won 22 of those matches (L4).We're currently on a 10-game winning run in the league. 



Good evening. This game needs no introduction. It's been a while since there's been a Manchester Derby of quite this significance. 

Let's do this. 


Team news 📋

Pep Guardiola says Kevin De Bruyne won’t feature tonight after picking up an injury in the 1-0 win over Tottenham.

The Catalan, though, is hoping De Bruyne can still play a part in the final weeks of the campaign.

The Belgian left the field after 28 minutes with an unspecified knock and the City boss has confirmed he will miss the Manchester derby.

In regards to other potential injury issues, Pep responded: “Yeah, there are some problems with some players, but almost everyone is good for tomorrow.”


Hark now hear... it's Derby Day! 🔴🔵

It's here....

The 178th Manchester Derby is upon us... and the stakes could not be much higher.

City travel to neighbours United tonight (in an 8pm kick-off), looking to take a huge step towards the Premier League title.

All eyes will be on Old Trafford, as the title race pressure intensifies, and the Red half of Merseyside implore a City slip-up.

With the two Manchester Clubs in contrasting form, the footballing world expect the Champions to collect the all-important three points with ease – but as the old adage goes: football is not played on paper, and form throws itself out of the window on Derby Day.

Love it or hate it, it's here and it's happening. All that's left to say is...


Other games that day

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As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 35 +59 88
3 Tottenham Hotspur 35 +30 70
4 Chelsea 35 +21 67
5 Arsenal 35 +23 66
6 Manchester United 35 +13 64
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 +1 51
8 Watford 35 0 50
9 Everton 35 +6 49
10 Leicester City 35 +1 48
11 West Ham United 35 -10 43
12 Crystal Palace 35 -5 42
13 Newcastle United 35 -9 41
14 Bournemouth 35 -13 41
15 Burnley 35 -18 40
16 Southampton 35 -17 37
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 -22 34
18 Cardiff City 35 -35 31
19 Fulham 35 -43 23
20 Huddersfield Town 35 -49 14
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