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Can Manchester City vs Manchester United give us the drama we expect this season?

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

We all know about the rivalry which has brewed in Manchester, during recent times, Manchester City have been able to end a dominant era by Manchester United winning a total 4 Premier League titles in 5 years, this, however, is nowhere match to United winning it for 20 times.


Even though Manchester City have a huge gap to close between their city rivals in terms of titles, there is no doubt that the current Manchester City squad is far superior to Manchester United.


The two will go head to head on the 2nd of October 2022 at Etihad Stadium, both looking quite sharp following their wins in their respective Champions League fixtures.


What can we expect from both teams?

Manchester City are coming from their win against Dortmund in the Champions League, Pep Guardiola would be looking to compete for all the trophies they are playing in. with their closet rival Liverpool having a difficult time in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola might see a great chance of winning quadruple.


Manchester City has a gem in their hand in Erling Haaland, the Norwegian was a $60Million investment from the city group, a fantastic deal given they paid $100 Million for Grealish. The Norwegian have already scored 11 goals for City in Premier League this season.


With the acquisition of Haaland Guardilo's dilemma for a number 9 has been solved, which was occupied by Gabriel Jesus before, with Jesus leaving for Arsenal for more playing time, Guardiola has the perfect place for Haaland in the squad. City's talented midfield also makes them the scariest teams to play against, Guardiola's another prime asset Kevin De Bruyne also has been firing on all cylinders this season


De Bruyne also had already registered 6 assists for Manchester City, currently, Premier League both top goalscoring and assists chart are topped by a Manchester City Player showing how dominant of a team manchester City is when it comes to the Premier League.


The link between Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland would be most essential against Machester United as a perfect ball for Haaland inside the box can be very dangerous for Man United's defence.


The same Can't be said for their neighbours, as manchester united has endured a traumatising spell in recent years, with unsuitable management, team burst ups, bad recruitment etc, and with fans in a constant battle with the club owners, it has been difficult for United to focus for major titles. United are now looking to build their way back to the top of English football.


However, Manchester united can never be doubted, as the sheer calibre the team has got is only the right management needed for the club right as with the appointment of Erik Ten Hag Manchester United seems to just make the right move.


The appointment of the Dutchman was the second biggest transfer this summer behind the Mbappe saga. Ten Hag had done a miracle of work in Ajax guiding the team to the historic semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019 only to be defeated by Tottenham Hotspurs.


The Dutchman's possession-based football with a high pressing tempo seems to have fit in just right with the Man United system,

With Ten Hag came Lisandro Martinez and Antony from Ajax, a solid defender and a pacey, skilful winger. Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez have formed a formidable partnership in the defence very quickly displacing and arguably replacing Harry Maguire from the playing 11.


The Center-Back duo of Varane and Martinez performing extremely well against mighty Liverpool in the Premier League. The defensive woes of Manchester United have been solved, for now, Ten Hag also had excellency in appointing Erikson who has been very effective for Man United's midfield. Scott Mactominay too has massively improved under Ten Hag, essentially under pressure to be dropped from the team for his poor performance last season, Mctominay has lived up to his expectations this season, it all might also be because of the completion he has now received from Casemiro.

However, Ronaldo the beloved of Old Trafford seems to have lost his magic under Ten Hag limiting his role only to the bench with Rashford taking his place up the front.

Both the teams have their reasons to win this match, with manchester city probably looking to go top of the Premier League table ahead of Arsenal, and Manchester United probably would be looking for the title this year, as Liverpool's woes continue, Chelsea too is failing to perform, and given their win against Arsenal and Liverpool Man United might be pumped with a new level of belief among them.

Predicted Line-ups

Manchester City.



Manchester united Starting Line-up




Predicted Scoreline

Manchester City 2-2 Manchester United.

A hard-fought draw for Manchester United, with Manchester City dominating the play.


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