Wayne Rooney back for United as they look to pour more misery on their city rivals
“Of course we must be worried,” Manuel Pellegrini said after Wednesday’s 2-0 Capital One Cup defeat at the hands of Newcastle United.
“We didn’t win the three games we played this week. We must be worried about that but we must find a solution and address it.
“My feeling is that we are not playing well. We are in a difficult moment with a lack of trust [confidence]. We are conceding too easy goals and we are not scoring the chances we have to score”.
It was all going swimmingly for City until the second half in Moscow where CSKA came back to draw 2-2. This has been followed by defeats at the hands of West Ham and Newcastle, with Sunday’s derby an opportunity to bounce back in style.
Bet365 make City the 17/20 favourites to claim victory on Sunday, with the champions of England not becoming a bad team overnight and they will welcome back Sergio Aguero into the fold.
The Argentine only played a twenty-minute cameo against Newcastle in the week and we should note he scored four goals in his last start at the Etihad, putting Tottenham to the sword.
We should also note that the Manchester United defence has been flimsy this term, most notably when buckling at Leicester, although last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea suggested they are discovering a steelier mentality.
BetVictor dangle a carrot of 10/3 that the Red Devils claim their first away win in the Premier League all season and there is lots of attacking quality in this United team, with Wayne Rooney making a potentially timely return from suspension.
Robin van Persie is starting to look sharp again in a United shirt, with Marouane Fellaini expected to tackle Yaya Toure in the middle of the park, while Angel Di Maria can provide the crosses for his team to attack.
We should remember that RVP had a couple of clear chances to score an opener against Chelsea only to be thwarted by Thibaut Courtois, while Marcos Rojo will relish going up against compatriot Aguero who doesn’t pose the same aerial threat as some of the Chelsea men did at Old Trafford.
This game could be anything and that is why we are going for United and the draw, with City struggling for form at the wrong time against a side who won’t be playing for a point.
Manchester United or Draw @ 19/20 with 888sport
All odds were correct at time of posting.