Premier League

Premier League
Old Trafford
Attendance 75,329


    • KICK OFF
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      I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for joining me here today. Good bye!
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      FULL TIME: UNITED 0-0 CITY. Far from a classic as the Red Devils are held to a point at Old Trafford, despite a lifeless showing from Manuel Pellegrini's side. City were mere spectators for much of the match, offering next to nothing going forward. The hosts grew into the game well in the second hal
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      HALF TIME: MANCHESTER UNITED 0-0 MANCHESTER CITY. There were three goals in this fixture after 45 minutes last season, but you would be hard pressed to pick out three chances from this first half. Both teams are lacking a cutting edge in attack, unable to produce any moments of quality going forward
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      This is a City team hungry for respect. They have won two titles in the last four years and hoping to make it three in seven months. The absence of two of their more formidable attackers is a definite blow, but with the kind of form Kevin De Bruyne is in they may just be able to overcome it. The Bel
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      Matteo Darmian has seemingly lost his place in the starting lineup after being subbed off for "tactical reason" at half-time of the match against Everton. Daley Blind and Memphis Depay have also become regulars on the substitute bench following the disappointing end to their European Championship qu
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      CITY SUBS: Caballero, Mangala, Demichelis, Zabaleta, Navas, Roberts, Iheanacho.
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      UNITED SUBS: Romero, Blind, Darmian, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Memphis.
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      MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Hart; Sagna, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernando, Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Toure, Sterling; Bony.
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      MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Rojo; Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin; Mata, Herrera, Martial; Rooney.
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      MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS: The big question surrounding the Sky Blues was regarding Vincent Kompany and whether or not the defender would return to action for the first time in six weeks. Well the news is good for City fans as the skipper is back in the team and starting in defence alongside Nicolas
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      MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS: Louis van Gaal makes just one change following their midweek Champions League draw in Russia, with Juan Mata replacing Jesse Lingard. Memphis Depay is again relegated to a spot among the substitutes, while Wayne Rooney gets the start up top. Anthony Martial will provide
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      Enough rambling, though. This is a football match not a benefit concert – and an important one at that. Louis van Gaal's side will have the crowd behind them, but there has been no way to know which United team will show up match to match. City have been the more consistent side, but have their shar
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      Manchester purists – Mancunians, if you will – have just one qualm with the current state of the derby: a lack of homebred talent. For a second year running, neither side line up with an academy graduate in their starting XI. The borders have been torn down in Manchester as the two clubs boast top t
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      As far as one-city rivalries come, this may be the biggest. On the global scale of world football, only Real Madrid v Atletico comes close in terms of the current stature of the two teams involved. The size, financial power and compete level of the clubs has brought the Manchester derby to a new lev
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      Good day Premier League fans around the world, and welcome to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby! Today all eyes shift to the Theatre of Dreams as the Red Devils and Sky Blues do battle with a lot more than just pride and bragging rights on the line. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game h
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      The Red Devils get us underway, attacking right to left. Here we go!
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      Nothing more than the two sides feeling each other out in the opening minutes. Possession remains with Manchester United, who thanks to the contrasting styles of their two central midfielders, are so good at keeping the ball. City are a well-disciplined team, however, so this promises to be quite a
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      Good work from Schneiderlin to win the ball back near the halfway line and it looks as though Rooney has a chance to break. Sensing a bit of danger, Toure hacks him down to halt the counter and will receive a stern talking to from Mark Clattenburg. Good decision from the referee not to hand out a ye
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      STAT ATTACK: The all-time leading scorer in Manchester derbies is United forward Wayne Rooney, who trails Denis Law by just one goal for second on the club’s all-time scoring list, behind Bobby Charlton.
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      Possession has been dominated by United through the opening 10 minutes, and they have done an excellent job of sending their two wing-backs forward in support. Rojo and Valencia are finding nice pockets of space on the flank, though have just been unable to pick out a good final ball.
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      City start to settle in and in the midst of a prolonged spell in possession. They have been largely unable to advance the ball into the attacking third, however, with the tempo really struggling to pick up out on the pitch. Neither side wants to flinch first.
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      First chance to the visitor! Toure is picked out in midfield with a clever pass from the back and the Ivorian is able to slide the ball across to Sterling on the left. He cuts in at the top of the area and tries to step inside his marker, but his final effort is deflected behind smartly by Jones.
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      Back-to-back fouls! Lovely work by Martial on the left as he sucks Fernandinho into a cynical challenge which sees his name in the referee's book. The ensuing free kick is played short to the Frenchman and more clever technique from him sees Sagna come in with a late tackle, though the right-back av
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      The ensuing free kick is whipped in dangerously, but City clear their lines and look to break. The uncharacteristically lack the pace required in attack on this latest counter and United deal with the threat convincingly before getting back in possession.
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      Valencia makes a well-timed run on the overlap and is hacked down by Kolarov. The foul presents United with a free kick just a couple yards outside the area on the right flank. After a bit of deliberation it is Mata who takes, but the Spaniard's delivery is cleared by the first defender.
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      STAT ATTACK: Manchester City lead the Premier League with 24 goals this season. They scored 11 in their last two top flight matches, the first time they accomplished that feat since April 2010 against Burnley and Birmingham City.
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      The referee has yet to spot it, but Rooney has a massive gash on the top of his head, caused by a clash with Kompany, which has sent blood running down the side of his face. Valencia goes down behind the play in need of treatment, which allows the striker a second to run off and get cleaned up. It w
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      EXQUISITE RUN! City work the ball around in attack with Rooney still off the pitch, but possession is won back by the hosts and Martial makes a darting run forward. The Frenchman is so direct on the ball and he beats two defenders before picking out Mata, but the chance fizzles out as the Spaniard i
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      Near disaster! City are starting to press higher up the pitch as they get their legs under them. Schweinsteiger thinks he has more time on the ball than is actually the case and winds up giving it away to Sterling. The ex-Liverpool forward tries to play Bony through with a first-time ball, but it's
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      The intensity of the match is starting to pick up, as is the physicality. There has been a real lack of quality shown in attack from either side thus far, however, which has made for some difficult viewing from a neutral standpoint..
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      Yaya Toure wins a free kick as he takes on and beats Rojo in an advanced position, awarding the visitors their first chance of the match from a set piece situation. De Bruyne takes, but United hold firm in the air to clear their lines.
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      STAT ATTACK: A City victory today would be their 50th all-time in the Manchester derby, though they have a lot of ground to make up on their rivals in their head-to-head record (W49, D50, L69).
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      Neither side has been able to find their rhythm, though City seem particularly out of ideas in attack. De Bruyne has yet to really get himself into the game, with his few glimpses of possession offering very little creativity or direction.
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      Valencia has put in some excellent running down the right. He's at it again, linking up with Mata before making quick work of Kolarov. Otamendi arrives in support and just manages to block off the ball, which forces the Ecuador international into committing a foul.
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      Mata becomes the first United player in the referee's book. He uncharacteristically loses possession in his own end and is forced to retreat to atone for his error. He slides into the back of Fernandinho and that will earn him a yellow card, while City have themselves a free kick in a threatening ar
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      NOT FAR OFF! The ensuing free kick from Toure takes a wholesome deflection as it rolls miles wide for a corner, but De Bruyne whips in a good delivery from the subsequent set piece and the Ivorian rises to meet it. He gets a head to it, but the contact isn't clean enough as the effort glances wide.
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      There is very little in this game at the moment. It's as if both teams are more concerned about conceding the first goal than they are eager to score it. Barring a rare, late moment of quality, we will likely head into the break scoreless with both teams forced to go back to the drawing board - unle
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      Kompany picks up a needless booking as he trips up Martial along the near touchline. It was far from a threatening attack for the hosts and now City have to play the remainder of the match with their skipper and centre-half on a yellow card.
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      Back underway at Old Trafford! No changes to tell you at the break.
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      An early corner is won by Martial, who has been the brightest attacker from both teams after 45 minutes - though that isn't exactly saying much. The set piece comes to nothing, while the resulting pressure is also dealt with comfortably by City.
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      Who's there? This has been a bright start to the second half, with United finding plenty of joy down the left flank. Rojo gets into an advanced position on the overlap and produces a delightful ball in behind the defence, but there's not a single red shirt within five yards to attack it!
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      NEARLY THERE! United settle for a corner as their appeals for a penalty are denied. Mata delivers an inviting ball in from the set piece which Smalling climbs the latter to meet. His header back across goal winds up drifting just wide of the target, but Schneiderlin nearly got a touch to turn it in!
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      STAT ATTACK: Since Louis van Gaal took over, Manchester United have won 17 of their 23 home matches in the Premier League (D3, L3), a feat bettered only by City over that span (18 wins).
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      SI Jesús Navas SO R. Sterling
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      A first change of the match for either side as pacey attacker Jesus Navas is introduced for the visitors. Sterling is the one replaced, with the Englishman failing to every flash his pace in attack.
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      While they have still yet to test Hart, this has been an excellent start to the second half from United. The warning signs are there as City are pinned back in their own end, unable to navigate a way out. All this pressure is useless, however, if they can't convert it into chances.
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      The end product has been so poor from a United standpoint. Martial twists and turns his way into space yet again along the left flank and gets into an encouraging crossing position at the edge of the area. He has options in the centre this time but shockingly rolls a feeble delivery behind for a goa
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      For all the shortcomings United have had in attack thus far, it has to be said that they've at least been there. This does not look like the same City team who lead the Premier League with 74 shots on target entering the weekend. Sure they are missing Aguero and Silva, but this lack of creativity an
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      TERRIFIC GOALKEEPING! City concede possession as they try and break out of their own half, and a ball is played over the top for Mata. The Spaniard appears to be clean through, but Hart is so alert, quick to react and sprint off his line to clear the danger just ahead of the Spaniard's impending arr
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      STAT ATTACK: Manchester City have scored in 18-consecutive Premier League matches since a 1-0 defeat at Burnley in March (W14, L4). It is the longest active streak in the top flight, with Leicester a distant second (11).
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      United's first change is imminent and it's Jese Lingard who is introduced ahead of Memphis Depay! The England Under-21 international returned to Premier League action against Everton last week before starting in Russia on Wednesday, and comes on here at the expense of Juan Mata.
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      SI J. Lingard SO R. Sterling
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      J. Lingard comes on for Mata.
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      Well for the time being it appears as though the hosts are the only side capable of breaking the deadlock, with City showing absolutely nothing going forward. Part of it can be attributed to the organised play of United at the back, but for the most part that's just a cop-out for these visiting play
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      Lingard provides a nice injection of pace, perhaps the reasoning behind his introduction ahead of Memphis, as he makes his first impact with a good run and pass to pick out Rooney. The striker tries to square for Herrera, but Otamendi is wise to it.
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      Marouane Fellaini, who was a star in United's 4-2 victory in this match last season, is preparing to come on. The hosts desperately need someone to hold the ball up and distribute in attack, while offering a threat that has been desperately lacking in the air.
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      STAT ATTACK: There has not been a draw in any of the last 12 Manchester derbies, with the last scoreless tie between the two teams coming in November 2010.
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      SI M. Fellaini SO R. Sterling
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      It is Schweinsteiger who gives way for Fellaini, and the German international has been nothing short of superb today. Both on and off the ball his contributions have been crucial. The Belgian will likely play in a more advanced role however.
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      SI M. Demichelis SO R. Sterling
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      A really disappointing night for Yaya Toure comes to an end and it's a shockingly-negative change from Pellegrini as he brings on Martin Demichelis to replace him. It's clear they're playing for the point now, which should provide United with more desire to push forward and snatch a winner.
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      Tired legs appear to have taken over. It's been as far as you can get from an instant classic, but these players have put in a lot of running today to take away space from their opponents and ensure they are never caught out of position. As a result, fatigue has set in and we appear to be in store f
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      SI M. Darmian SO R. Sterling
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      Valencia is down again and in a bit of discomfort as he clutches his foot. This is the same injury that plagued him in the first half and it may see his day cut short once and for all as the medical staff comes out to attend to him.
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      SI K. Iheanacho SO R. Sterling
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      Final change for City as Iheanacho is introduced for Bony. The striker had a tough night in attack, but service was poor and he did what was asked of him - the rest of the blame has to be put elsewhere. Perhaps the youngster can provide them with a late spark.
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      OFF THE BAR! Well that's got the Old Trafford faithful making noise again! Exceptional run from Lingard who is played through by a delightful ball over the top from Martial. The substitute volleys at goal first-time, chipping Hart, but his effort rattles off the frame of the goal!
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      EXCELLENT DEFENDING! De Bruyne sends an inviting delivery in from the left, following a set piece. Otamendi gets behind the defence and looks sure to meet it, but Rooney provides just enough pressure on the defender to prevent him from turning it in!
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      M. Schneiderlin is cautioned by the referee.
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      BRILLIANT GOALKEEPING! There's the impact on Fellaini, winning an aerial duel and heading a ball down into the path of Smalling inside the area. The defender takes the chance first-time and forces Hart into a tremendous reactionary stop to keep the effort out at the near post!
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      Into the first of three minutes of stoppage time and United are being urged forward by their supports following the defence of a City corner. A hopeful ball over the top for Rooney runs harmlessly to Hart, and the cheers quickly turn into a mix of boos and groans.

    Line Up




    Ole Gunnar Solskjær
    Josep Guardiola



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 17 13
    Yellow Cards 2 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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