Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish largely overlooked Manchester United in his preview of the Manchester derby.
Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has previewed the Manchester derby for the Daily Mirror and unsurprisingly he’s favouring Manchester City.
The Scot mentioned Manchester United just three times during his entire piece, which suggests he can’t see beyond a home win for Manuel Pellegrini’s team tomorrow afternoon.
Here are the instances when Dalglish gave United some column space.
“The one thing is that – apart from Chelsea – all of the Premier League's teams, be it City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham or Everton, they have all dropped points and are closely grouped together,” he wrote.
“City will know they have to bounce back against United in the Manchester derby on Sunday.”
“It’s a strange thing to say but, despite losing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic this summer, such a game will almost suit United. They have always been about attack, attack, attack.”
United head into this game confident even though they have failed to win in their last two Premier League games.
Their performance against Chelsea last weekend was arguably their best in the Premier League so far this season and they can carry that momentum forward into this game.
They have also had extra rest as their early defeat to the MK Dons meant they didn’t have a league fixture this past week, while Pellegrini will also have one eye on the Champions League game against CSKA Moscow.
United are being backed in plenty of supporter communities but if ex-manager, ex-players and anyone else connected to the world of punditry doesn’t really want to give them a chance, that will suit them and give them something to defy.