Its Manchester Derby time on Sunday as Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford for their Premier League match on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be very excited about the encounter given his teams recent performance.
With the sides winning alternating head-to-head encounters since 24 April 2019 when Manchester city won 2-0, it should be Pep Guardiola going home with a smile if they follow the same pattern.
Not having lost any of their previous nine encounters in all competitions, of which three of those were draws, Manchester United are in great form to break the pattern and come out with a win in Sunday’s Derby.
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Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for one seems to be very excited at the prospect of winning the derby for the second time in a row, especially given his teams current form and the addition of Odion Ighalo.
Manchester City are also in superb form having only lost one of their ten games since the Derby, as well as walking away with the Carabao Cup.
“They will feel confident. They have hit form, they are playing well. They have just been to the Bernabeu, winning there as well, and won the cup final.” Solskjaer went on to say, adding:
“So I am sure they will play their game, we will play our game, and hopefully it will be a good one. Let’s hope it will be a 4-3, like we have seen before. There have been many classics. We will do what we can to make it a classic.”
Ole is also counting on his secret weapon, Odion Ighalo who he unleashed against Derby in the FA Cup game on Thursday, and who helped the club move on through to the quarter-finals with an impressive 2 goals, giving United a 0-3 win.
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Ighalo who came in as a last-minute signing during the winter transfer window has scored 3 goals in his two appearances for the club.
Ole has been more than impressed by the Nigerian Internationals performance so far going on to say:
“He is doing what it says on the tin and what we asked for when we signed him,”
Harry Maguire is still not certain to recover in time for the Derby but updates on his condition will be given as the matchday approaches at Old Trafford this Sunday.
The Red Devils are currently tied on 42 points with Wolves, only leading them on goal difference as they sit in 5th position on the Premier League table.