The Manchester derby is this weekend, and is more important than ever
This weekend promises to be another cracking one in the Premier league. The highlight of the weekend fixture list is the Manchester Derby, the last fixture of the weekend. Both Manchester clubs have looked a bit rocky in the opening games of the season but things seemed to have settled since then, as both managers look to settle into their new homes. David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini are of course the new managers of Manchester United and Manchester City, respectively, and both have much to live up to.
Moyes is following in the footsteps of arguably the greatest manager in the premier league history if not the world, following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Handpicked by Ferguson himself, much faith has been placed in Moyes, who has faced many storylines since becoming United managers, none bigger than star and want away forward Wayne Rooney’s future. After supposedly being courted by Chelsea all summer and wanting to leave, Moyes has managed to keep Rooney, and if recent form is anything to go by, it could be United’s signing of the summer. With 3 goals in his last 2 matches, including a brace in the champions league midweek fixture allowing Rooney to surpass 200 goals for United, he seems to be hitting form at just the right time. It was Rooney of course who scored that stunning bicycle kick goal to all but seal the title for United against City 2 years ago.
On the other side of town, Manuel Pelligrini has been entrusted with returning Manchester City to the top of the table. With an over 100 million pound outlay over the summer in new talent, Pellegrini has reassembled his squad to play his favored 4-3-3 formation. A midweek victory in the champions league has certainly given the squad confidence after a lackluster display last week against Stoke City. Forwards Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero were both on target, and with Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo in their arsenal, it seems that goal scoring should not be a problem. The return of captain Vincent Kompany at the back should solidify the defense, as his partnership with young Matija Nastasic has proved fruitful.
It promises to be a big game, as both managers look to make a statement at their new clubs. When Manchester bragging rights are up for grabs, you know it’s going to be a big one.
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