The Manchester Derby: 12/2/11

9 Feb

Tom Priestner & Joel Berk

The Manchester Derby has turned out many classics in the past, most memorable, at least in United’s eyes, is the 4-3 epic at Old Trafford last season. However, under Mancini there has been less action on show, with City’s style of play much more defensive. This could be an exception though, with many city players, most of all ex-red Carlos Tevez, sure to be fired up for this one. This will hopefully result in a game to remember!

Battles

Nani vs. Kolarov

With Nani finally showing the kind of attacking threat that Manchester United would expect from a winger, Kolarov might be in the a torrid time on Saturday. The Serbian fullback will need to monitor the Portuguese winger very carefully throughout the match. That said, Kolarov certainly needs no invitation to drive forward himself. His free-kick against Birmingham showed the potency of his fierce left foot and he will look to add an attacking threat to city’s game this weekend. Kolarov will have to be careful with his forward runs as Nani has the skill to exploit any gaps left in the city defence.

Verdict: Nani

Fletcher vs. Silva

With Silva the conductor of City’s choir, the task of handling the skilful Spaniard will come down to Fletcher. Fletcher himself can present an attacking threat, scoring two in last years 4-3 blockbuster; however he must guard against the tricky feet and intelligence movement of Silva. If Fletcher is diligent and disciplined, allowing other players to attack in his place, City may have problems breaking through the league leaders’ defence. However, if Silva is at his best, he may be the key attacking threat for City.

Verdict: Silva

Key battle: Vidic vs. Tevez

Despite all of City’s recent expensive acquisitions, the former Red Devil remains the spearhead of the blue’s front-line. If Tevez plays well, the rest of the City players invariably follow. With Tevez sure to be fired up following his acrimonious departure from Salford, Vidic will be in for a tricky afternoon containing the effervescent Argentine. However, Vidic may well be up to the task. Although missing his regular partner in defence, Ferdinand, the Serbian will nonetheless be a fearsome adversary. He is the stand-out performer in the United defence, providing the foundations for their recent run of form. The United captain will restrict Tevez’s play and he may be feeding on breadcrumbs throughout the match, yet the City captain is a clinical finisher so may only need one chance.

Verdict: Dead heat

Recent Encounters

Form (most recent last)

Manchester United: WDWWWL

Manchester City: WDWLDW

What to Expect

Following Mancini’s appointment, Manchester City have become a much more disciplined unit. They play an Italian system, defending in numbers and attempting to nick a goal at the other end. City have yet to concede against the ‘big four’ whilst having 10 men on the pitch. United a more ambitious against tough opponents, and have been successful so far this season. This owes much to Ferguson’s adaptability and tactical knowledge, and saw them beat Liverpool twice and Arsenal once at Old Trafford. However, United failed to make a breakthrough in the derby at Eastlands, so don’t expect a high-scoring thriller; this should be a tightly contested match. City will probably try to contain United before counter-attacking with Silva, Tevez and Yaya Toure.

Prediction: One goal could win this game, and with United playing at home they will go for it. 1-0 United.

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12 Responses to “The Manchester Derby: 12/2/11”

  1. barcabloo February 10, 2011 at 01:12 #

    U know F All the future is bright and BLUE!

    • The Full-Circle Blog February 10, 2011 at 01:26 #

      But for now it’s still red 😉

    • The Full-Circle Blog February 10, 2011 at 01:32 #

      That’s only my opinion tho…I try to be as unbiased as possible, however I’m sure Saturday will provide us some answers

  2. Sam February 10, 2011 at 02:17 #

    What

    A

    Load

    Of

    Bollocks!

    Why not write about something a bit more interesting than the latest bullshit at the top of the money league?!

    Or perhaps change your name to the Man Ure Blog

  3. Praveen February 10, 2011 at 10:02 #

    Saturdays gonna be bright and RED 🙂

  4. Colm Maguire February 11, 2011 at 12:21 #

    Not a bad blog but a bit……..light….. don’t agree with your take either on the players V players….
    United will win it because they have to. Smalling in Defence will do the job Rio does and Evans can’t. Anderson in Midfield alongside a defensive Scholes, 2 of nani/giggs/park/Rooney on the wings, with Berba and Chico up front…

  5. Matthew Cresswell February 11, 2011 at 19:41 #

    Vidic v Tevez will be the key battle; and all City players know Kolarov is as good at defending as Jeremy Kyle is at not being a prick.

  6. Matthew Cresswell February 11, 2011 at 19:41 #

    *City fans know

  7. ANON February 12, 2011 at 19:57 #

    Mancinis hot

    • Tom Priestner March 3, 2011 at 17:55 #

      Lol no he’s not he’s an italian fag and lol u know nothing about football. 😛

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