PREVIEW: United vs City

Monday 8 April 2013 | Old Trafford | Kick-off 20:00

Tickets: Sold out.

Last Season: United 1-6 City

Match Officials: Referee: Mike Dean; Assistant Referees: S Child, J Brooks; Fourth Official: H Webb.

Team News:

UNITED: Wayne Rooney is fit again after missing the last two matches with a groin injury. He returned to training on Thursday and should play. Nemanja Vidic (back) and Jonny Evans (hamstring) are slight doubts, but Rafael is fit.

Manchester United (from): De Gea, Lindegaard, Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Buttner, Nani, Valencia, Powell, Carrick, Anderson, Cleverley, Giggs, Young, Kagawa, Van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.

CITY: Both Micah Richards and Maicon (both knee) remain out, but both played a part in an under-21 match for City this week as part of their comebacks. Both should feature before the season ends. Jack Rodwell is very close to full fitness again after his latest hamstring injury sustained away at Villa. Matija Nastasic is back after a foot problem, and David Silva and Samir Nasri will play despite them picking up knocks against Newcastle last time out.

Man City (from): Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, K Toure, Kolarov, Clichy, Milner, Nasri, Sinclair, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Rodwell, Silva, Tevez, Aguero, Dzeko.

Stats:

UNITED – Form guide WWWWWW Disciplinary record Y44 R0 Leading scorer Van Persie 19

CITY – Form guide WLWWLD Disciplinary record Y48 R3 Leading scorer Dzeko 12

City have scored 10 goals in their last 3 PL visits to Old Trafford having only scored 8 in 12 PL games there previously.

City have only ever kept one clean sheet in 15 Premier League games away at Old Trafford (0-0 7th November 2004).

In the last 3 Premier League seasons, City’s Yaya Toure has completed more passes (5539) than any other player.

2012/13 head-to-head

Goals: (United) 70 – (City) 55

Conceded: 31 – 26

Top scorer: Robin van Persie (19) – Edin Dzeko (12)

Assists: Wayne Rooney (9) – Carlos Tevez, David Silva (7)

Most shots: Robin van Persie (110) – Carlos Tevez (85)

Most appearances: Robin van Persie (27/3) – Joe Hart (30)

Completed passes: Michael Carrick (1904) – Yaya Toure (1747)

Disciplinary: 44 yellows, 0 reds – 48 yellows, 3 reds

Average possession: 56.7% – 58.2%

Pass success rate: 85.8% – 84.9%


Stats courtesy of StatCity & Jack Holt

Press Conference:

Roberto Mancini claimed his side shouldn’t be 15 points behind United, and spoke about the new contract for Yaya Toure.

Alex Ferguson attempted to ease some of the pressure on his side, claiming “It’s a big game for Manchester City in that they will want to come and derail us for a spell and I can understand their motivation, we probably would have the same.”

Typical City’s Build-up:

This week, we interviewed Darren Richman and Surge Biscuits for Inside the Opposition, and brought you a double- head of Preview in Quotes.

The interview with United fan Darren Richman of the Independent and the Bleacher Report is here.

Interview with the hilarious Surge Biscuits is here.

All the quotes from the City squad, including Roberto Mancini and Edin Dzeko, are here.

And the United quotes are here.

Fixtures & Results:

Saturday

Reading 0 – 2 Southampton
Norwich 2 – 2 Swansea
Stoke 1 – 3 Aston Villa
West Brom 1 – 2 Arsenal

Sunday

Liverpool v West Ham 13:30
Tottenham v Everton 14:05
Chelsea v Sunderland 15:00
Newcastle v Fulham 15:00
QPR v Wigan 16:10

Monday

Man Utd v Man City 20:00

Compiled by Rob Pollard

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