12 December 2020 20:43
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pep Guardiola and their players go head-to-head in the first Manchester derby of the season at Old Trafford United and City meet in the first Manchester Derby of the season at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. The Reds, unusually, sit one point above Pep Guardiola's men after 11 games played and won both league fixtures against the Blues last season. However, no team has won more away league matches against United than City who have kept clean sheets in five consecutive games. United go into the match off the back of a devastating exit from the Champions League at the hands of RB Leipzig, while City were able to rotate their side in against Marseille having already qualified as group winners. Manchester United vs Man City LIVE updates Three points for either side would put them within touching distance of Tottenham and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
We'll bring you all the best images from today's match below. Manchester United will host the next edition of the Manchester derby against city rival Man City at Old Trafford on Saturday, Dec. 12. The clubs enter the match separated by one point in the Premier League standings. Man United (6-1-3) holds a slight edge over Man City (5-3-2) in sixth place through 10 games. The Red Devils hold the advantage in the all-time head-to-head record at 76-52-54.
The clubs last played each other on March 8, which resulted in a 2-0 victory for the Red Devils. Bruno Fernandes has led Man United's attack this season with seven goals and four assists through 10 matches played. Marcus Rashford also has three goals and four assists. For Man City, Riyad Mahrez leads the team with four goals and one assist. Raheem Sterling has three scores and an assist of his own while Kevin De Bruyne has notched two goals and six assists.
Though England recently announced plans for certain Premier League clubs to allow a limited number of fans at matches, the Manchester derby will be played without a crowd amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadlock remained resolutely unbroken in a weirdly insipid derby that will not live long in the memory of anyone involved Last updated on.From the section Premier League By Phil McNulty Chief football writer at Old Trafford Riyad Mahrez's first-half effort, saved by David de Gea, was one of only four shots on target at Old Trafford Manchester United and Manchester City played out a dismal derby stalemate behind closed doors at Old Trafford. In a game devoid of quality and excitement, neither side were able to carve out the opportunity that could make a difference amid the eerie silence of the so-called 'Theatre Of Dreams'. Gabriel Jesus was off target and Riyad Mahrez brought a routine save from David de Gea with City's best first-half chances while Scott McTominay was agonisingly inches away from Victor Lindelof's flick as United sought the breakthrough. United thought they had a second-half penalty when Kyle Walker fouled Marcus Rashford but the decision was overturned as VAR revealed the United striker was offside. It led to an unsatisfactory conclusion for both sides, leaving United seventh in the Premier League and City a place below them. Will Solskjaer be satisfied? United were awarded a penalty for Kyle Walker's foul on Marcus Rashford, only for it to be overturned Manchester United needed some sort of response after the despair and disappointment of their Champions League exit following the loss against RB Leipzig - defeat was not an option. And that goal, at least, was achieved but it was achieved at the end of a real eyesore of a game and was pretty much a flimsy straw that under-pressure boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United could clutch at. Paul Pogba was restored to the starting line-up to little or no effect but it would be unfair to single out the midfielder who seems permanently unsettled at Old Trafford, at least according to agent Mino Raiola, because barely anyone had a positive impact on a shocking spectacle. De Gea was under the microscope after another expensive error in Germany but he, like City counterpart Ederson, had a quiet night. He completed two straightforward saves from Mahrez's first-half effort and Rodri's injury-time shot but other than that was largely unemployed. It was that sort of game - although once more United's £40m summer signing from Ajax Donny van de Beek was left to watch on from the bench perhaps wondering what he has to do to get a start. Stones excels as City stay solid John Stones blocked a Paul Pogba shot from one of the few openings in the first half Manchester City kept their sixth successive clean sheet since losing at Tottenham in November and it was a good night for John Stones in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate. The 26-year-old, who played in England's run to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Russia, has quietly rebuilt his form and confidence in the past few weeks and was impressive once again as United were kept at bay with relative ease. Stones was comfortable on the ball but also did what he had to do when the straightforward defensive work was required as he continued the rehabilitation after his career looked to have stalled. City manager Pep Guardiola showed faith to select Stones ahead of Aymeric Laporte, a sign of how satisfied he is with his form, and the defender did not let him down. And while it is early days and Stones still has much work to do, the manner of his performance will not have gone unnoticed by Southgate, who has left Stones out of recent England squads but has an important vacancy to fill after the serious injury to Liverpool's Joe Gomez. This was a game which left few satisfied - but Stones will certainly be one of them. Manchester United visit Sheffield United on Thursday (20:00 GMT) before hosting Leeds on Sunday (16:30). Manchester City are at home to West Brom on Tuesday (20:00) then travel to Southampton on Saturday (15:00). Player of the match De Bruyne Kevin De Bruyne with an average of 5.38 Man Utd Manchester United Manchester United Man City Manchester City Manchester City Manchester United Avg Squad number 18 Player name Bruno Fernandes Average rating 5.24 Squad number 1 Player name de Gea Average rating 5.14 Squad number 5 Player name Maguire Average rating 5.11 Squad number 10 Player name Rashford Average rating 4.95 Squad number 39 Player name McTominay Average rating 4.94 Squad number 23 Player name Shaw Average rating 4.91 Squad number 2 Player name Lindelöf Average rating 4.89 Squad number 29 Player name Wan-Bissaka Average rating 4.83 Squad number 17 Player name Fred Average rating 4.78 Squad number 6 Player name Pogba Average rating 4.76 Squad number 11 Player name Greenwood Average rating 4.57 Squad number 9 Player name Martial Average rating 4.34 Manchester City Avg Squad number 17 Player name De Bruyne Average rating 5.38 Squad number 5 Player name Stones Average rating 4.97 Squad number 31 Player name Ederson Average rating 4.74 Squad number 3 Player name Rúben Dias Average rating 4.73 Squad number 25 Player name Fernandinho Average rating 4.71 Squad number 21 Player name Torres Average rating 4.68 Squad number 27 Player name João Cancelo Average rating 4.65 Squad number 2 Player name Walker Average rating 4.58 Squad number 16 Player name Rodri Average rating 4.48 Squad number 9 Player name Gabriel Jesus Average rating 4.36 Squad number 26 Player name Mahrez Average rating 4.31 Squad number 7 Player name Sterling Average rating 4.20