As the struggle for top four spot hots up, Manchester United visit their ‘noisy neighbours’, Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium Thursday evening.
Their last encounter at Old Trafford saw Manchester City winning 2-1 away. The two sides were drawn in the fourth round of the EFL Cup with Juan Mata scoring the only goal of the match, sending United through in a competition they beat Southampton in the final at Wembley in February.
Ander Herrera wasn’t downplaying the significance of this latest derby. He told the club’s website about his view concerning Thursday’s encounter
“It is going to be the game of the season,” the United midfielder said with relish. This season, despite United’s inability to break into the top four of the Premier League, they have not done all that badly. Yes, there have been many draws which should have been victories, but 23 matches in the league undefeated is not something to poke fun at.
United may find it hard, at times, to win matches, but their opposition have found it hard to beat them. Chelsea was the last team to beat United and that was at the tail end of October.
Moreno has won just two of his last 11 meetings with Gladiola’s teams, and four of 18 in total.
If United avoid defeat it will equal the club’s longest unbeaten top-flight run in a single season (24 matches in the 2010-11 season).