The Manchester derby takes place all over again this weekend with the Under-18 sides of Manchester City and Manchester United squaring up for a Premier Academy League clash.
United fans will still have a bitter taste in their mouths after the way the senior side was taken apart by City two weekends ago, which means this fixture has a little extra bite than normal.
United will go into the match as favourites, heading the Northern section of the Academy League by three points from their closest challengers Everton.
United’s Under-18 side has been impressive so far this season with six wins and two defeats with the best attack (20 goals scored) in the Northern section, five goals better than the next best attacks.
City currently sit in third place with ten points and they can close the gap on United if they win.
However, they have been far more inconsistent with three wins, a draw and three defeats so far, which has produced a goal difference of minus two and the joint third worst defensive record in the Northern section.
In terms of the players to keep an eye on, one of the biggest threats to City will be in form United striker James Wilson.
Wilson is playing at a strike rate of greater than one goal per game this season and he has a 100% strike rate for the England Under-19 side despite being just 17-years-old.
United’s youngsters will also be determined to react quickly following defeat in the UEFA Youth League against Shakhtar Donetsk in mid-week which featured several players likely to start this game.
However, City managed to produce a 6-0 demolition of Bayern Munich in their UYL match, which will give their youngsters the confidence to turn around a three game losing streak.
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