Manchester United and Manchester City meet at Old Trafford, in a match for the 31st round of the Premier League. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 11-11-2018, Manchester City won at home (3-1). In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations indicates total balance between these two teams, since there was 1 draw and 2 victories for each team in the last 5 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 10-12-2017, for the Premier League, which ended with Manchester City winning by (1-2). The goals of the match were scored by M. Rashford (45 ‘), for Manchester United, and David Silva (43′) and N. Otamendi (54 ‘), for Manchester City.
The home team played against Manchester City a match of the 31st day, which had been postponed, after 19 wins, 7 draws and 8 defeats in the games for the league that was available until now.
For this competition, he does not lose in his stadium 14 games ago. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 1-0 (6 out of 16 matches). The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 13 of the last 16 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 34 matches in this competition, he only managed 3 comebacks in the 14 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Manchester United comes to this unmotivated game, after having added a heavy defeat, 4-0, in the displacement to the Everton field. It is important to underline that the locals won 10 of the 16 matches played in their stadium. In this home game, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must maintain the usual tactical system, that is, 4-3-3, with Lukaku being the team’s most offensive reference. On the other hand, French midfielder Paul Pogba is the best marker of Manchester United, with 13 goals scored. One of the great problems of the club of the house is in the balls defensive stops. For this game the coach can not count on Bailly, Herrera and Valencia, all injured.
The visiting team plays against Manchester United a game of the 31 day that had been postponed, after 28 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses in their matches for the league until now. For the league, Manchester City won 21 points out of 30 possible points, after 7 wins and 3 losses in the last 10 home matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (7 out of 18 matches). Their defense has been very strong, having only scored goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 31 of its last 34 matches for the Premier League, of these 31 came to the break in advantage in 24 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 28 There is 1 period that stands out in the last 16 away matches for this competition: they have suffered 5 of their 10 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Manchester City started for this motivated match, having added a 1-0 victory at the reception to Tottenham, in a match in which Phil Foden scored the only goal of the team. It should be noted that visitors need to win to return to the leadership of the English championship. In this game away from home, coach Pep Guardiola must keep the team in 4-3-3, with Aguero being the most offensive reference: this player is the great highlight of Manchester City, with 19 goals scored. The finalization, defensive stop balls, counterattacks and aerial game are the strong points of the visiting team. For this match the coach can not count on the injured Kevin De Bruyne.