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Manchester United v Manchester City Live Commentary & Result, 12/12/2020, Premier League | Goal.com


29′ This game would probably be much better if there were fans in the stadium. As things are it’s a little dull. At least England boss Gareth Southgate is watching from the stands.

27′ City win a free-kick down their left as McTominay fouls Rodri. Mahrez delivers a brilliant outswinging cross and Stones throws himself at it. Unfortunately for him so does Lindelof and the United defender does just enough to put his counterpart off.

25′ City get a chance on goal as Jesus latches onto Mahrez’s floated pass into the box. The Brazilian swings wildly at it, firing over the crossbar.

24′ Shaw swings the corner in. City clear it but find themselves unable to break away on the counter-attack as Pogba commits a canny foul. It’s all rather sluggish.

23′ Fernandes steps up to take the free-kick and City’s wall does its job. Man Utd get the corner down their right which Shaw will take.

22′ Rodri’s mistake hands Man Utd possession. Pogba tries to play Fernandes through the middle and Rodri dives in on Pogba to give a free-kick away in a dangerous central position.

20′ Sterling works his way into the box from the left in a welcome injection of speed. United’s defenders scramble to block the Englishman’s shot and eventually manage to do so.

19′ Rodri gets the foul from a tussle with McTominay. Neither side seems willing to fully commit to attacking in these opening 20 minutes.

18′ The ball stays up in the air for a while with Man Utd eventually coming away with it. Fernandes takes a swing at Lindelof’s pass forward from the back. He doesn’t connect with it, but it was worth a try with Ederson off his line.

16′ City make progress down their right flank. De Bruyne bursts into the box in an attempt to latch onto a throw-in but United shepherd it out for a goal-kick.

14′ Fred is really struggling with the bang he took to his hip earlier. Play stops while he receives further treatment. The Brazilian leaves the pitch before coming on to try to run it off one last time.

12′ As you’d expect, De Bruyne is City’s biggest creative outlet so far. The Belgian tries another pass through for Jesus which Maguire is well-placed to deal with. 

11′ Chance for United! Lindelof flicks on Shaw’s corner towards the far post. McTominay is arriving and stretches to reach it but can’t divert into the net. City goal-kick.

10′ It’s been a slightly conservative start by both teams although it’s starting to liven up now. Pogba spots Fernandes’ run into the box and Fernandes wins a corner for United.

8′ Shaw’s lax pass is intercepted by Cancelo who takes City forward. City enjoy a little spell of possession with United having to stay patient. Mahrez’s link-up with Walker doesn’t work out and Man Utd get the throw-in. Fred is still moving gingerly.

6′ Fernandes is next to take a knock from a City player as United’s Portuguese talisman is brought down by Fernandinho. City are looking combative so far. De Bruyne attempts a throughball for Sterling who can’t control the pass. City have a goal-kick.

5′ Fred goes down holding his hip after a late barge from De Bruyne that hands United a free-kick. The Brazilian is smarting but it looks like he’ll be OK to continue.

4′ De Bruyne drifts into the left-hand channel and plays an ambitious outside-of-the-foot pass towards Jesus. Maguire steps across to cut it out.

2′ Man Utd settle on the ball early on. Maguire pings a pass wide left to Shaw who’s just strayed offside.

1′ Both teams take the knee and the game gets underway!

The two sides are out on the pitch at Old Trafford. It’ll never fail to be strange to see the ground empty for such a big game in English football.

Man City have been the stronger force in Manchester in recent years, with that edge translating to Manchester derbies. They’ve won six of their visits to Old Trafford in the last nine seasons. However, Man Utd have rallied under Solskjaer with United winning both league meetings with City last season. Will the hosts make it three in a row for the first time since City’s early takeover days?

Solskjaer makes two changes to the Man Utd side that crashed out of the Champions League midweek. Pogba and Fred come in as United switch to a midfield diamond. City revert to their strongest XI after their dead rubber against Marseille. Walker and Fernandinho are the only changes from their 2-0 win over Fulham last week.

SUBS: Zack Steffen, Ferran Torres, Ilkay Gundogan,  Bernardo Silva, Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Phil Foden.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Ederson; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo; Rodri, Fernandinho; Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling; Gabriel Jesus.

SUBS: Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial, Alex Telles, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata.

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-1-2): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire (c), Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred, Paul Pogba; Bruno Fernandes; Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood.

Man City, meanwhile, are starting to pick up steam. Starting this game ninth in the table, Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last two Premier League games by an aggregate score of 7-0 and have made it safely through to the Champions League knockout phase. This game will be a firmer test of City’s title credentials.

Man Utd enter this Manchester derby ahead of their rivals Man City in the Premier League table. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team lie seventh after four consecutive wins, having made a habit of away comebacks lately. However, the Reds have been patchy at home this season and will be wounded following their elimination from the Champions League.

Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this Premier League Manchester derby between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford.

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