Manchester United are set to take on city rivals Manchester City for the pre-season friendly game as part of International Champions Cup on US tour this Thursday night, 20th July 2017 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game is suppose to start at around 08:30 pm EDT and at 02:30 am uk time in the early hours of Friday morning. MUTV will have live coverage of the game in the UK while ESPN2 will broadcast the match live in US.
Manchester United vs Man City Preview: Both sides have already meet twice earlier in the season. City dominated the league game back in September 2016 a 2-1 win at Old Trafford which incidentally United’s only league defeat at home. United however hit back weeks later as they beat City 1-0 in the league cup quarterfinal on their way to winning first silverware. Speaking of trophies, City’s defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup semifinal ensured City will finish the season trophyless so much of a anti-climax after Pep Guardiola’s appointment.
Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United Highlights
[ Premier League 2017 Match ]
45′ [ Halftime Report ] Man City absolute bossed the first 45 minutes with around 70% possession however it was United who had couple of great chances to score.
Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City – September 2016
[ Premier League Match 2016-17 ]
15′ 0 – 1 Kevin de Bruyne scores after Iheanacho’s flick on fall into his path nicely and he netted home with a sweet finish.
36′ 0 – 2 Kelechi Iheanacho taps home from close range after De Bruyne’s shot rebound of the cross bar.
42′ 1 – 2 Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 2-1 just before the break to keep United in the game.
Team News & Possible Starting Lineups: Jose Mourinho is likely to start with Ibrahimovic upfront while Martial, Rooney and Mata to start in attacking roles. Fellaini has recovered enough to get a place in midfield alongside Paul Pogba while Blind, Bailly, Shaw and Valencia to keep their place in back four.
Manchester City will be without Vincent Kompany, De Bruyne with Otamendi also doubtful leaving them short at options at the back which means Mangala and Demichelis are set to start at heart of the defense. Aguero, Silva, Sterling and Yaya Toure to play in attacking roles while Fernando and Fernandinho to keep their places in central midfield.
Predictions: Its a tough one to call, City has made absolute superb start under new manager Guardiola who is one manager with a impressive record over Mourinho. But United look a quality side at Old Trafford and that might turn out to be the turning point this weekend. Ibrahimovic physical presence upfront might shake Man City defense and I am going with a narrow 1-0 win for United in this one.