The two Manchester clubs meet at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but which side has more to lose?
Ahead of this weekend’s Manchester derby, both City and United sit on exactly the same amount of points after four games this season.
Both sides have also had a good week in the Champions League with comfortable victories to kick off their group stage campaigns but is there much to be lost for either side from this weekend’s clash?
After bouncing back from defeat at Anfield before the international break, a couple of wins for David Moyes has given the feel of a bit more momentum around Old Trafford at the moment, something that he will want to capitalise on this weekend. Wayne Rooney seems to be firing after a summer long ‘will he, won’t he?’ saga, and if they continue this weekend in the same manner, there is potential for United to go on a run that could have a huge say in how their season will finish.
City’s start has been stuttering, and with them being the home side there is perhaps more onus on them to take the game to their near neighbours and look for the win. City have yet to record back-to-back wins in the early stages of Manuel Pellegrini’s reign as manager but winning this game could be a springboard for the rest of the season.
For City to have a real tilt at the title, they are going to have to produce some good home form and if United were to land a blow by taking all three points at the Etihad Stadium it could prove to be one of the more significant blows of the season.
If either side were to take three points, the winning manager would win some early brownie points with the fans, perhaps Pellegrini needs them more than Moyes as the Chilean has replaced a popular manager at the Etihad, when a large section wanted Roberto Mancini to stay. Whereas Moyes seems to have a lot of United fans on side early and are in it for the long haul with the former Everton boss.
It is a derby match, and there seems to be little doubt that these two sides will be in the shake-up for the title towards the end of the season and even at this stage of the season it’s a massive game.
Who has more to lose? Probably City, and out of the two managers, Pellegrini.
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