The first Manchester Derby of the 2015-16 Premier League season is almost upon us as two both the clubs who are at the top end of the table take on each other in a mouth watering encounter at the Old Trafford on Sunday. Both clubs are fresh from convincing victories last weekend in the league and will be hoping to flick the bragging rights in the city.
Pellegrini and Louis van Gaal have started the season well and this game is a chance for both clubs to strengthen their place at the top of the table. This article is a preview of the game along with the team news and predictions.
The Manchester City vs Manchester United match will be played on Sunday the 25th of October at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester. The kick off is scheduled at 2:05 pm BST (6:35 pm IST).
As the bitter clash on Super Sunday, here are some interesting stats relating to the derby.
- City are looking for their 50th competitive win in the Manchester derby (W49, D50, L69).
- Manchester City have won six of the last eight Manchester derbies in the league, which is as many wins as they managed in the previous 42 meetings.
- United have won 17 of their 23 Premier League home games under Louis van Gaal (D3, L3) – only neighbours City have fared better over the same period, with 18 wins.
- They could remain unbeaten in their opening five home matches of a league season for the first time since 2010.
- Wayne Rooney, who turns 30 the day before this match, has scored 187 Premier League goals, level with Andrew Cole and second only to Alan Shearer’s 260.
- Rooney now has 236 goals for United in all competitions, one behind Denis Law and 13 below club record scorer Bobby Charlton.
- He has scored an unrivalled 11 goals in Manchester derbies in all competitions.
- They are the division’s top scorers this season with 24 goals – 11 of them coming in the last two matches.
- Manuel Pellegrini’s side have scored in each of their last 18 league games.
- City registered the most shots on target (74) and allowed their opponents the fewest (24) in the opening nine rounds of fixtures.
- They have lost half of their last 10 away games in the league, winning the other five.
- Kevin De Bruyne has scored five goals and provided four assists in his last seven games in all competitions for the club. He has 23 assists in 41 league appearances since the start of last season, more than any other player in the major European Leagues.
- United have clinched a phenomenal 62 trophies from the Champions League (3) to the top flight (20).
- Pellegrini’s current squad have far more winners’ medals in total between them (158) than United’s current squad (83).
- On Sunday Wayne Rooney has the chance to extend his lead as the all-time top scorer (11) in the derby, with none of the other top five – Joe Hayes (10), Francis Lee (10), Bobby Charlton (9) and Colin Bell (8) – still playing the game.