Matchday 27 Preview: The Manchester Derby: Manchester City v Manchester United

Manchester United face off against Manchester City with massive title implications on the line. That would have been a great lead but unfortunately United have dropped points in recent games creating a 14 point gap between the sides. 

It would take a catastrophic failure for Manchester City not to win the league at this point based on remaining games and their huge point advantage. 

Leicester City picked up three points on Saturday propelling them over United into second place. Only a win would see United regain second place. 

The rest of the best are also closing in on United as their hold on a Champions League spot is just five points. Everton has a game at hand and could finish this weekend two points behind. 

Everton face Chelsea on Monday, a draw would be a good result for United in that match. 

Despite having a 10-game unbeaten run in all competitions, 6 of those results have been draws. Inconsistencies offensively and defensively litter the results during these last five weeks for Manchester United.

Man City have not lost since November, a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham. City are currently on a 21 game win streak in all competitions. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Press Conference

David de Gea has recently become a father, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed that United goalkeeper could be out for some time because of quarantine, this gives backup goalkeeper Dean Henderson a solid chance.

“I’ll give him the time he needs before he[de Gea] comes back,” said Solskjaer when speaking about de Gea’s situation.

“When you get the results that you get sometimes you tend to forget about the performances and you look back at the games, the West Brom game wasn’t the best quality but we felt there is improvement to be made in that one…”

“In the Premier League when the opposition don’t make mistakes like Palace never did, you have to earn the right with the quality, and we lacked a little bit of that the last couple games.”

“In a strange sort of way we have been more positive, high press, on the front foot trying to pin teams back especially when they have the ball. We have tried to go more positive, not been clinical or ruthless enough with our chances.”

Solskjaer is not buying into the narrative that United are in bad bit of form, but last month the matches played are almost two months worth of matches in a more normal and less condensed campaign.

No one asked Solskjaer about team news, Paul Pogba is still out and maybe United could see a boost with Juan Mata returning or Donny Van De Beek being healthy enough to make the bench. 

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