Manchester Derby – let’s get physical!

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Did I not call it that Anthony Martial would blow the socks off United fans in my first piece?

His first Champions League goal (playing on the left flank) versus CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night again highlighted his immense natural quality and colossal abilities as a goal scorer.

This gives Manuel Pellegrini and his City team a few things to ponder on ahead of the derby day showdown on Sunday.

There were some concerns though from the clash in Moscow on Wednesday night as United gave the ball away far too cheaply at times and allowed way too much space down the left hand side.

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Picture: The Telegraph.

I do believe that LVG will adapt a different approach to the clash of the great Manchester rivals.

Juan Mata has created 17 chances from the right flank and surely deserves a return to the Van Gaal’s XI, while it would probably be best for King Louis to swap the positions of Rooney and Martial with the latter playing through the middle and Rooney in the attacking left position.

If Kompany plays he is certain to lose out on physicality when it comes to the Frenchman running at him at pace.

Speaking of pace, MCFC has bucket loads of the stuff with the likes of Jesus Navas, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne at Pellegrini’s disposal.

The visitors could set up to win the game on the counter attack and this is where the question marks at the back are raised for MUFC.

It’s Blind vs Rojo for the left-back berth and if you consider the pace aspect of it all you would probably go with the Argentine (please no Ashley Young at LWB, LVG!).

If you’re looking at recent form then City probably edges it, but this is the Manchester Derby for Pete’s sake and absolutely anything can transpire.

With an adoring, passionate Old Trafford crowd cheering on the boys in red it is guaranteed that Van Gaal’s men will be up for the derby day dogfight.

With a bit of physicality in the middle of the park and in the defensive structures United will claim the victory and will reposition ourselves at the pinnacle of the Premiership table (because the Gunners will lose to the Toffees on Saturday!).

I might be a tad overconfident here, but it’s the derby and we need all the confidence we can get!


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