They say any good comeback needs some true believers. This statement is true for David Moyes whose teams’ inconsistency has become a fairy tale this season. Just after getting three back to back wins, his team was denounced and probably declared unfit to challenge amongst the big guns this season when Liverpool detested them at their own backyard. With an important win against Olympiakos behind him, win against West Ham was in pipeline as his team easily switched the hammers off.
Manchester City thumped United 4-1 when these two teams met earlier this season at the Etihad Stadium
However, with City approaching them after a 6 goal rout of Fulham, task won’t be easy as City’s attention is turned towards clinching a major silverware this season. Games in hands could serve as the Ex factor that this City team needs to fulfil their ambition of winning the Premier League.
It’s been a case of one step forward, two step backward for Moyes’ men this season. They have failed to win against Chelsea, City and Liverpool thus adding more burden to his team’s young shoulders. Manchester United should follow history when they meet their neighbors, as their current manager has won more than 50% matches against the Citizens.
David Moyes commanded his team’s 22 times against the Citizens, having one 12 and lost just 6 in all competitions.
However it isn’t as simple as the stats suggest. United are without their main man Persie against Manchester City while their midfield form has also been a source of concern for the United faithful. David Moyes’ consistent tinkering with the starting XI has contributed gravely to his team’s dismal performances this season. It’s been a season of experimentation as far as United are concerned, and looking at the prospect of this huge match, you might see Moyes experimenting further.
Under David Moyes, Manchester United have a longest unbeaten streak of 12 games, 5 of which were draws
They say when you are winning even the ugliest of mistakes go un-noticed. That has been a case for City. With Sergio Aguero on the sidelines thanks to Pellegrini for unleashing him ahead of schedule, Man City strike force largely depends upon Dzeko and Negredo. The performances of these two strikers in front of goals can be explained only in one word. DISAPPOINTING
In Last 10 matches Dzeko and Negredo played so far, they have managed just 4 goals between them.
So the question arises are City turning into new Chelsea In the absence of Aguero? This question seems to be far more itching to Pellegrini than to Mourinho as the Citizens have spent more than 30million pounds on striker last summer. But still whenever they have to look for goal, Yaya Toure and other midfielders come before their glittering strike partnership.
After the 5-0 rout of Fulham, Manchester City are expected to stick with the same formation of 4-2-3-1. However changes could be seen at the back depending upon the comeback of Kompany and Negredo could be axed for Dzeko as well as the later has more experience in scoring against Manchester United (Remember 6-1?). Moreover City has a huge boost as skipper Kompany will feature in this nerve reckoning match.
Manchester United could well be making some changes at the back as the back two of Carrick and Jones might not be enough to see of Yaya Toure and Co. Patrice Evra should come in place of Buttener with the former facing the axe against West ham due to his dismal performance against Liverpool. Other than that United are expected to stick with the ultra cautious formation that Moyes has designated. They would go for 4-2-2-2 or 4-2-3-1.
With keeping an eye on Manchester United’s recent results against the top sides, only the naïve or a moron will not tip City to win. City to win by more than 2 goals.