Everyone can admit English Premier League is becoming very competitive nowadays. With the new teams like Leicester emerging and taking the lead on a table now. Who could imagine Leicester in such as position? What happened to premier league’s “big fish”?
Much of the reaction to the announcement of Pep Guardiola as Manchester City's next manager centered on what the decision meant for a Manchester United still clinging to an uneasy faith in Louis van Gaal, but his team has improved their performance in their last five matches.
Coming to this weekend, Louis van Gaal’s men travels to Etihad Stadium to face their biggest rivals in a very competitive stage of the season. This match has great anticipation from the fans of both teams.
Manchester City's ultimate strength is also their greatest weakness. At times, the reliance on their handful aces can be a curse – this season, injuries to Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva have led to an inconsistent title chase.
Now they have lost Kompany with a recurrence of his calf problem that has given some supporters nightmares. City has not precisely been ripping teams apart currently, but they retain the capability to do so.
Two goalless draws on the trot have barely got City supporters just frothing at the mouth in anticipation of yet another derby rout.
But Aguero is due a huge game after the frustration of those two; Silva has also been bubbling under, and Toure has come finally to the boil at the appropriate time.
Derbies are usually notorious for making a nonsense of such unproven pronouncements but all situations being equal you would probably expect City's touch of extra class to tell.
City were favorites to pick up all the three points against Norwich in Game-week 30 but failed to break down the opposition and eventually settled for a share of the spoils.
The Sky Blues have fallen twelve points behind Leicester and have a huge mountain to climb. Manchester United are also struggling to achieve their desires this Season and sit sixth in the Premier League heading into this clash. Pressure is really mounting on Louis Van Gaal, who seems destined to be replaced in the summer.
- Sergio Aguero has scored 7 goals as numerous league meetings with United. Only 5 players have scored more goals against the Red Devils in BPL history (Thierry Henry, Les Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard with 8, Alan Shearer with 10).
- Manchester City have won 4 and lost just one of the previous 6 Barclays Premier League meetings with Manchester United.
- Aguero has scored eleven goals in his previous eight BPL outings at the Etihad Stadium.
- The Red Devils have not lost 3 successive league matches away at Manchester City since 1955 (four in a row).