Steven Mcinerney previews the Manchester derby which is a game City must win

Esteemed Kompany host Steven Mcinerney previews this weekend’s Manchester derby in the video below. It’s one of the biggest fixtures on the calendar and one every Manchester City fan pencils in as a must-win game when the fixture is released.

The 192nd Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium takes on extra significance for Pep Guardiola’s side. Given that Liverpool sits 4 points clear of City on the table 3 points is a must this afternoon. While a loss or a draw wouldn’t be catastrophic in City’s chase for a fourth consecutive Premier League title it would make the mountain City have to claim that much tougher.

But given it’s the Manchester derby a draw or worse isn’t a thought that is entering City fan’s thoughts. With pride and bragging rights at stake, it’s a must-win fixture for all of those reasons and more.

Manchester City head into the game off the back of a 6-2 win over Luton Town in midweek. The performance in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Kenilworth Road sets the scene for the world champions to arrive at kick-off in menacing form. With Erling Haaland scoring 5 in midweek and Kevin De Bruyne supplying 4 assists City’s dynamic duo enter today’s game in top shape. They could be a decisive factor in today’s game given how well they played in midweek.

Manchester United will be hoping to put a dent in City’s title ambitions today. While there does appear to be a gap in quality between the two sides anything is possible in a derby. Erik ten Hag’s side will be keen to show that they are catching their local rivals with a good performance.

Steven Mcinerney previews today’s game in the video below. He gives his predicted City eleven and more ahead of today’s game.

Tags English Premier League Erik ten Hag Erling Haaland Etihad Stadium FA Cup Kenilworth Road Kevin De Bruyne Liverpool Luton Town Manchester City Manchester Derby Manchester United Pep Guardiola Steven Mcinerney