Premier League: United and City all set for the battle of pride
XtraTime Web Desk: The Manchester Derby refers to the matches played between Manchester United and Manchester City. First contested in 1881 at the city of Manchester Stadium, while Manchester united play at Old Trafford.
The teams have played 175 matches in all competitions, United winning 72, City 51, and the remaining 52 having been drawn.
The Manchester Derby has now become an integral part of the Barclays Premier league title race. In recent years Manchester City, backed by the funding of the Arab Sheikh, Sheikh Mansour has become firm favourites to win the English competition.
On the other hand, the red devils are backed by the Blake family and have always been a footballing giant owing to the managerial brilliance of Sir Alex Ferguson.
In recent years we have seen this derby rise to a level higher than just a regular derby. This match has been a title decider for a few years now.
The last 5 matches between them resulted in 2 draws, 2 Red Devil wins and 1 City win.
This year City are firm favourites to win the title with a 16-point lead over second placed Manchester United with just 7 games to play.
Although City are favourites for the title, City’s recent dip in form has given United a chance to reduce the deficit by defeating them.
From the point of view of a neutral football fan, this match is going to be extremely exciting with both teams being equally good, the match will be close and well fought for.