Man City’s imperious 21-game winning streak across all competitions has seen them take full control of whatever remains of the title race, with United falling off the pace as goals have dried up for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils.
United drew a blank at Chelsea and Crystal Palace to remain second, but are now looking over their shoulder at other top-four hopefuls rather than up towards City at a potential title challenge.
While a win for United would realistically do little to alter the destination of the League trophy, Solskjaer’s men need to start winning again to avoid being surprise casualties in the race for Champions League qualification.
As for City? Pep Guardiola will have more records in his sights, and there would be no better way to extend the streak than with a victory over their neighbours.
Date, time and venue
Man City vs Manchester United is scheduled for a 4:30pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, March 7, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Etihad Stadium.
How to watch Man City vs Man United
TV channel: The match will be televised live on Sky Sports’ Main Event and Premier League channels.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.
Man City vs Man United team news
City’s only likely absentee is Nathan Ake, but other than that Guardiola has a full squad to choose from.
The Catalan coach’s key decision will be whether to stick with Raheem Sterling in the most advanced role in attack, or offer that up to either Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus.
As for United, Victor Lindelof is a slight doubt with a persistent back injury, but he got a rest at Palace so could return for this game.
Anthony Martial is also a doubt along with Donny van de Beek, while Juan Mata is out to leave Solskjaer short of attacking options from the bench.
Paul Pogba and Phil Jones remain sidelined by injury, while it remains to be seen whether David De Gea will be back after missing the last game due to personal reasons – that should mean another start for Dean Henderson.
Man City vs Man United predicted lineups
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden
Man Utd (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani
Man City vs Man United prediction
It is tough to look beyond a City win given they are on a relentless winning streak, but Wolves gave them a scare in midweek. United are clear underdogs given their recent form, but form usually goes out the window for derbies.
Man City vs Man United head to head (h2h) results history
Last meeting: Man United 0-0 Man City (12/12/2020)
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