The two Manchester heavyweights do battle at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but who will land the knockout blow and save their own season?

Both teams will be searching for second successive Premier League victories when City and United meet in the Manchester derby!

Pep Guardiola prevailed in his maiden managerial meeting with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and would dearly love another win on Saturday to remain in sight of Liverpool. Manchester City did that with a routine 4-1 win at Burnley on Tuesday but their bitter rivals and next opponents perhaps took more from the midweek fixtures. In overcoming Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, Manchester United shed a poor run of results and laid down some sort of marker for what is possible for a team that was in mid-table.

In overcoming Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, Manchester United shed a poor run of results and laid down some sort of marker for what is possible for a team that was in mid-table. But with what Solskjaer described as his side’s best display for a “long time” comes the need for another step forward at the Etihad Stadium.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: “It is an important game of course. Good rival, big history, of course it is a big game. We play against a good team. We will try to follow the performance we have made in the last games. “I have all the respect for what they have done for English football, European football and world football. They will always be United – a good team.”

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “At least we play every year now! It took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself. But it’s changed in a way. Of course Man City are a better team now than when I was playing. “I think football has changed quite a lot. I think it was allowed a few more proper tackles – with every little angle, everything being scrutinised now, it’s more of a technical, tactical game than physical and mental one. But, still, a derby should be played as a derby. We don’t play basketball, so we’re ready for that if that happens.”

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