Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard during the previous encounter

Was there a more apt time for a Manchester derby? I think not. Both teams were booted out of the Champions League, and have turned their concentration to the league. While United wants to get into the top four and qualify for the next edition of Europe’s premier competition at any cost, City needs the league crown and FA Cup to satisfy their fans who were expecting the quadruple. Pep has really spoilt the team’s fans, hasn’t he?

The fact that the game takes place at Old Trafford will hugely come into play. Disregard that United might be doing a favor to Liverpool if they make City drop points, but at this crucial juncture of the season, when their future hangs in the balance, they just might not mind it.

Head to head

The last three games in a row had both teams on the scorecard and more than three goals.

The last six wins can be equally split into three each for both.

18 of the last 21 meetings at this venue saw the hosts finding the back of the net.

Six of the last nine encounters had the visitors scoring two or more goals.

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