The North Derby for the Premier League Title
How do you try and sum up what is going to be such a significant match in the Premier League in one sentence? It’s impossible. There is so much riding on this game and so many individual duals, both on and off the pitch, it will difficult to know where to look during the 90 minutes.
The Manchester Derby for the Premier League Title
First and foremost, this is one of the biggest derbies in world football and for both sets of fans. There is no greater feeling than seeing your team come out victorious at the end of a Manchester derby.
Pre-match build by the fans
After dominating the league last year, Manchester City fans will taunt the United fans with songs and a feel of superiority. This may come back to them as last year United came from 2-0 at half time to win 2-3 at the final whistle. The blues fans were at the end of the banter that night.
With this match being on Sunday afternoon, the pre-match hype will be growing throughout the weekend and will reach a crescendo come kick-off at 4:30pm local time.
Familiar Foes Meet Again
One look back at the history of a different club in the late 1990’s, namely Barcelona, will throw up some interesting photos. If you look closely you will notice both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are working at the club, the former as a player and the latter starting as an interpreter.
Little did they know what impact they would have on the game in the years to come. If you told them they would be meeting in a potential Premier League title deciding Manchester derby in 2017, they probably would have laughed.
However, having managed some of the biggest clubs in Europe including; Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, the Portuguese and Spaniard come face to face as the managers of Manchester United and Manchester City.
The Manchester teams as title contenders
The difference between this match and the games last season, is that the Red side of the match will be the underdog for the title. We will see the power and organisation of Mourinho’s Manchester United come up against the possession and forward-thinking approach of Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Different styles of play in the Manchester Derby
The managers now have a team playing in a style which has their name stamped all over it. That coupled with the form of the teams, makes this the most eagerly anticipated Manchester derby for many years.
Mourinho has added the pace and power of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic to his team. Whereas Guardiola has brought in the rampaging full-backs of Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy to compliment the way he likes to play.
A side flutter on the match
This is going to be an extremely tight contest as the last two matches proved. If you fancy a flutter on this game, Manchester City are probably the best bet for a win but there would little surprise to see the match end level, with both teams scoring.
Which player and manager will have the final say on the 11th November 2018?