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Manchester United vs Manchester City Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

James Merrills
Solskjaer has beaten Guardiola three times as Manchester United boss.
Solskjaer has beaten Guardiola three times as Manchester United boss. / Michael Regan/Getty Images
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Manchester United welcome neighbours Manchester City to Old Trafford on Saturday in the Premier League in what will be the first derby between the two sides this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his team crash out of the Champions League on Tuesday and will now be refocusing on the Europa League and securing a top four finish. City had already secured a place in the last 16 prior to this week's victory against Marseille and were under no pressure to get a result.

A solitary point separates these two sides going into the game, with both enduring lacklustre and frustrating starts to the season.


Where to Watch

When Is Kick Off? Saturday 12 December
What Time Is Kick Off? 17:30 (GMT)
Where Is It Played? Old Trafford
TV Channel? Sky Sports Premier League (UK), fuboTV (US)
Referee? Chris Kavanagh


Team News

Solskjaer is still waiting on the fitness of Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani after both players missed the 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig. Luke Shaw only managed 60 minutes in the defeat and there remain question marks around his match fitness.

It will be interesting to see if Paul Pogba starts in this crucial game after his agent's announcement this week that his time at United 'is over'.

Should Pogba miss out, it's likely we could see a pairing of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic again in midfield. Donny van de Beek has struggled for starts since he signed and Solskjaer may opt against throwing him in at the deep end.

It's no longer all smiles between Pogba and Solskjaer.
It's no longer all smiles between Pogba and Solskjaer. / Pool/Getty Images

German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was substituted in City's 3-0 win against Marseille with an ankle problem, though Guardiola insisted the change was a precautionary measure. Eric Garcia is a major doubt with a muscle injury sustained in the same game.

Summer signing Ruben Dias is likely to start alongside John Stones, who has enjoyed an uptick in form recently, leaving Aymeric Laporte on the bench. Nathan Ake deputised at left back in the Champions League but either Joao Cancelo or Benjamin Mendy could come in to replace him.


Predicted Lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Mata, Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood.

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Rodri, Foden; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus.

Raheem Sterling has never scored against Manchester United in a City shirt in 16 attempts in the Premier League.
Raheem Sterling has never scored against Manchester United in a City shirt in 16 attempts in the Premier League. / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

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United saw their European hopes dashed after the 3-2 RB Leipzig loss and dropped into the Europa League after finishing third in their group. In the Premier League, they've have won four in a row and are unbeaten on the road this season.

Solskjaer has a 60% win rate against Guardiola and led his side to victory in the Manchester derby in both league games last season.

Comfortable wins over Burnley and Fulham have put City back on course in the Premier League. They beat Marseille 3-0 in their final group stage game and progressed to the last 16 as group winners. A number of big names were rested in midweek and will be fresh coming into Saturday's derby.

Manchester United

RB Leipzig 3-2 Manchester United (8/12)
West Ham 1-3 Manchester United (5/12)
Manchester United 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain (2/12)
Southampton 2-3 Manchester United (29/11)
Manchester United 4-1 Istanbul Basaksehir (24/11)

Manchester City

Marseille 3-0 Manchester City (09/12)
Manchester City 2-0 Fulham (5/12)
Porto 0-0 Manchester City(1/12)
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley (28/11)
Olympiacos 0-1Manchester City (25/11)


Prediction

Marcus Rashford has scored four goals in eight games against Manchester City.
Marcus Rashford has scored four goals in eight games against Manchester City. / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Despite United being disappointing against RB Leipzig, they always seem to put in a good performance in the Manchester derby.

However, they have been woeful at home this season and City have won more games at Old Trafford than any other visiting team.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-3 Manchester City

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