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Manchester United hosts
Date: 20 September 2009
Venue: Old Trafford,
Kick off: 13:30 BST (British Summer Time); 12:30 GMT
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Manchester United is also worried about key defender Rio Ferdinand who has been sidelined since he picked up a groin injury during season opening Community Shield game. There is a little possibility the defender could return for the
The Canadian Press reported:
"We'll have to wait and see,"
Both the arch rivals are going into the game full of confidence.
Manchester United is currently in the second place with 12 points from 5 games. Manchester United will also be full of spirit when facing the city rivals. What is more important is that they will go into the game on the back of three excellent back to back victories of which came last week when they defeated Arsenal 2-1. Then the Red Devils showed a spirited performance at Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday where they pulled off a come-from-back 3-1 victory. In the midweek,
Manchester United is missing a number of other players too. Regular goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar and Owen Hargreaves will remain sidelined, while Paul Scholes is under suspension as he received marching order during Tottenham game. However, I do not think that they would have to worry a lot about the injury problems, except defender Ferdinand. However, Jonny Evans is filling in very well for Ferdinand. The youngster is pretty much confident ahead of the City games as he firmly believes in his club’s strength.
Times Online reported:
“City have had a great start, but our performance at Spurs last weekend was outstanding,” Evans said. “The lads did brilliantly to come back from losing an early goal and also cope with being down to ten men when [Paul] Scholes got sent off. I watched from the bench and it’s one of the best performances I’ve seen from us in a long time.
“We all know about the big rivalry between United and City and it’s always nice to get the upper hand on them. They’ve put themselves up there now. It’s a long season, but fair play to them because they’ve got off to a good start.”
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Overall, I think, Manchester United will have an edge, given their home advantage. Moreover, Ferdinand’s presence would boost up the confidence level of the home side. City can relish their 2-1 victory over Old Trafford during 2007-08 season. However, it is also true that City lost both of their league games to United last season. I think, the match will be highly competitive and football fans will enjoy the match.