FULL-TIME, Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United: Gotta wait another week, then.
GOAL, Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United (Smalling 69’): This is unbelievable. Truly unbelievable. And painful. Really painful.
GOAL, Manchester City 2-2 Manchester United (Pogba 55’): Just like that, the lead is gone. Pogba scores again. The Etihad is stunned, and I have a horrible feeling about this now.
GOAL, Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United (Pogba 53’): Paul Pogba gets one back for United. We have to suffer for a bit, right?
HALF-TIME, Manchester City 2-0 Manchester United: The most dominant 45 minutes of football between two top Premier League teams this season end with City up two goals and having clear chances to score at least three more. The gulf in class between first and second was just incredible in the first half, and there is no doubt City want to win the title today.
GOAL! Manchester City 2-0 Manchester United (Gundogan 30’): IT’S TWO FOR THE BLUES!!! A bad clearance from David De Gea goes straight to Leroy Sané, who finds Gundogan, who finds Sterling, who finds Gundogan, and the German pokes home the second. The title is getting closer...
GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United (Kompany 25’): What better way to open the scoring in a Manchester Derby than with a goal from THE KAPTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vincent Kompany heads home a brillian corner from Leroy Sané and puts the Blues ahead!!!!!!!!
KICKOFF! Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United: Don’t give me a heart attack, boys. It’s title day.
Pre-Match Notes: Pep Guardiola clearly sees the Liverpool game as more important than this one, so he makes A LOT of changes. Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus will start on the bench, with Danilo and Fabian Delph as full-backs while Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling replace Kevin and Gabi in the front six.
The good news here is that Sergio Agüero is on the bench, which makes our group of substitutes just insane, with four players (Walker, De Bruyne, Jesus and Sergio) who can be legitimate game-changers if they’re needed in the second half.
United go with a strong lineup and a 4-3-3 formation to match City’s system, and Alexis Sánchez will be hoping to cause problems to the team he snubbed for money in January.
This should be a really fun game.
Starting XI: Ederson; Danilo, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Fernandinho, Silva; Bernardo, Sterling, Sané
Substitutes: Bravo, Walker, Laporte, Touré, De Bruyne, Jesus, Agüero
Starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young; Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Alexis
Substitutes: Pereira, Lindelof, Rojo, McTominay, Mata, Martial, Rashford
Is there any better way to bounce back from a painful defeat than winning a title, at home, against your biggest rival? Manchester City have the chance to just that when they welcome Manchester United to the Etihad with only a win separating the Blues from winning the Premier League.
A draw won’t do it. City MUST get a victory to ensure the title today, and José Mourinho is 200% aware of that fact. There’s nothing Mourinho would love more to park the bus for 95 minutes and stop Pep Guardiola from winning the title against him, as well as giving City another blow to their confidence ahead of the second leg against Liverpool.
This could be either a spectacular match with City winning in style to clinch the title while destroying United, or it could be a snoozefest as United claw their way to a 0-0 that doesn’t help them at all. Either way, it’s a must-watch because it’s the Manchester Derby and City can win the title. This will be really, really, really fun.
Competition/Round: 2017-18 Premier League, Matchday 32
Date/Time: Saturday, April 7th, 2018, 5.30pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 12.30pm EST, 9.30am PST (USA), 10pm IST (India)
Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Referee: Martin Atkinson
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM PREMIER LEAGUE
How to watch on TV: Sky Sports Premier League (UK), NBC (USA), SuperSport 3 (Nigeria), Sportsnet World (Canada), Star Sports Select 2 (India), others
How to stream: Sky GO (UK), NBC Sports Live (USA), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)
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