The Premier League 2017 seems to be some kind of ‘Manchester Derby‘, where Manchester United and Manchester City are lone battling out to kiss the top spot. But, it’s still early to talk about any possibilities towards the end of the campaign.
Manchester Derby 2017 will certainly be one of the ‘top’ matches with both clubs eyeing to have a thread more than their neighbors. The derby of 2017 will show the real character of both the clubs and fans could explore some true potential of individuals as well as collectively of the club.
Will Manchester Derby 2017 be the best until now?
We can say the rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will serve as toppings to the fixture. When you hear ‘Manchester Derby’ – you know there is alot at stake. Both the clubs are top contenders for English title as well as in the European Cups. And, with Manchester United back to ‘What they are known for’ the story of the Manchester Derby gets interesting.
Manchester City have sorted their defence and have some top quality going forward. So, it’s going to be tough Manchester Derby 2017. It should really get close to ‘best Manchester Derby‘ of all time.
For neutrals its a ‘game of joy’ but for a supporter Manchester Derby is ‘Matter of Pride’.
Manchester Derby 2017 Fixtures :
Two legs of 2017’s derby will take place on usual basis in the Premier League.
One match hosted by each club. There are possibilities of more matches in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, UEFA Champions League.
Manchester Derby 2017 Schedule :
Manchester United vs Manchester City
Manchester derby 2017 location: Old Trafford Stadium
Date and Time: 10 December,2017, 22:00 IST
Manchester City vs Manchester United
Manchester derby 2017 location: Etihad Stadium
Date and Time: 7 April,2018,
Manchester Derby 2017 Pre-Analysis
Manchester City derby 2017
Transfer In: Benjamin Mendy (£49.2 million, Monaco), Danilo (£26.9 million, Real Madrid), Bernardo Silva (£43 million, Monaco), Ederson (£34.7 million, Benfica), Kyle Walker (£50 million, Tottenham), Douglas Luiz (undisclosed, Vasco da Gama) and Olarenwaju Kayode (Austria Vienna, undisclosed)
Transfer Out: Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham) Free, Gael Clichy (released), Jesus Navas (released), Willy Caballero (released), Bacary Sagna (released), Enes Unal (Villarreal) Undisclosed, Angus Gunn (Norwich City) Loan, Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) £8m, Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town) Loan, Angelino (NAC Breda) Loan, Ruben Sobrino (Alaves) Undisclosed, Joe Coveney (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed, Bruno Zuculini (Hellas Verona) Undisclosed, Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) Undisclosed, Nolito (Sevilla) Undisclosed, Joe Hart (West Ham United) Loan, Kolarov (Roma) Undisclosed, Aleix Garcia (Girona) Loan, Douglas Luiz (Girona) Loan, Marlos Moreno (Girona) Loan, Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester) Undisclosed, Fernando (Galatasaray) Undisclosed, Brandon Barker (Hibernian) Loan, Samir Nasri (Antalyaspor) Undisclosed, Patrick Roberts (Celtic) Loan, Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed, Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan, Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) Undisclosed, Kjetil Haug (Girona) Loan
Pep Guardiola has not left a stone unturned to construct his Manchester City side as serious title contenders.
Sticking to Manchester Derby 2017, the whole match if we see from ‘Blue eye’ will be based upon defence of Blue side of Manchester.
The ‘wing-backs’ will form a crucial part of indicating ‘How’ the derby goes. If any two of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo hits the ground, it will prove difficult for Mourinho & Co. to keep up with them.
Now speaking about Manchester City dangerous force, lets start with last line of defence – Ederson Moraes. You can describe Ederson Moraes journey at Etihad as “Incredible” so far. Ederson has become favorite of Cityzens. Ederson has shown what he is capable of by conceding just two goals from his first seven Premier League games, plus two more clean sheets in the Champions League.
Speaking about defence, The Blue side have added Benjamin Mendy, Danilo and Kyle Walker to their defensive option. Vincent Kompany – if available will be a super addition centrally but Otamendi and Stones is one of the best defensive duo of the Premier League. It comprises physicality, pace, height and ability to make their mark when needed.
Lets turn our attention to attacking side, there are big names in the Guardiola’s squad who can attack, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne are one of the keys for Blue sides whose performance can decide where the game goes. Yaya Toure performance can bolster between defensive as well as offensive ways.
The pace of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, Passing of Kevin De Bruyne and goal registering of Sergio Aguero can prove dangerous for The Red Devils. Sterling gave a good start this season, scoring five goals becoming one of key players for his side. When that guy is around the box you can expect a goal any time.
‘The king of assists’ Kevin De Bruyne has pace, superb passes, classy shoots, Deadly from Set Pieces, I Don’t Know how to describe this guy. And is now up for the Ballon d’Or. He is perfect in every way possible. He is a perfect Number Ten for Aguero and Gabriel.
Now lets turn our attention on our strikers, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus make the perfect striking duo. Gabriel Jesus is one of the hottest talents in world football. Gabriel Jesus with Kun Aguero is a dream strike force for any team.
Manchester City Hero Sergio Aguero couldn’t stop himself to put his name in record-list. This season he became all-time highest ever Non-European goalscorer in Premier League History. And the only fourth player netting goals in six consecutive home Premier League matches against the same opponent (Liverpool). Argentine international is one of the most lethal striker and his pace accompanied by Perfect shoots and some physicality makes him some kind of dangerous devil in front of the goal
Manchester United derby 2017
Transfer In: Victor Lindelof (£31.0 million, Benfica), Romelu Lukaku (Undisclosed, Everton), Nemanja Matic (Undisclosed, Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Unattached) Free
Transfer Out: Josh Harrop (Preston North End) Free, Regan Poole (Northampton) Loan, Wayne Rooney (Everton) Undisclosed, Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury) Loan, Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad) Undisclosed, Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa) Loan, Devonte Redmond (Scunthorpe United) Loan, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds) Loan, Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace) Loan, Guillermo Varela (Penarol) Undisclosed, Matty Willock (Utrecht) Loan, Andreas Pereira (Valencia) Loan
Manchester United have came a long way since sacking of David Moyes. They have established themselves as one of the ‘highly recognised’ forces of Europe under Jose Mourinho.
The depth of their squad is one of the key points of this side along with its quality.
The striking force of Lukaku, Rashford, Martial is not only young but also dangerous. United have got the pace upfront and you just cannot ignore its quality.
Signing of Lukaku from Everton, makes them one of the contenders of Premier League. Lukaku has proved himself at Everton and now its his time to prove himself with ‘the best’ against ‘the bests’.
On the other hand, M.Rashford and Anthony Martial are too young but they have shown that future is bright for the Red Devils.
Another key aspect of this summer for Old Trafford side was extension of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite of his age he can prove to be one of the key players to drag United in England as well as Europe. Ibra will probably miss the Manchester Derby 2017 at home but will be available when Etihad hosts the derby of 2017.
Paul Pogba will be another of key aspects to control the game for Manchester United. The man between defence and offence.
This season Henrikh Mkhitaryan is someone who has raised his game and his name. Expectations were high when he joined the red side of Manchester but have failed to live upto it until last season. This year Miki has transformed himself as one of the leading ‘providers’ in the Premier League.
Manchester United doesn’t have big names in their defence but ‘The Man’ – ‘David De Gea’ is alone a beast, when it comes to keeping the ball away from net. Manchester United signed Victor Lindelof from Benfica for €35 million but still Eric Bailly and Phil Jones remains first choice for Mourinho at the heart of defence.
Valencia and Ashley Young is doing a superb job for Manchester United being a full back. Valencia has been one of the top performers for Manchester United this season.
Speaking about defence, Manchester United has got Nemanja Matic – ‘one of the most consistent defensive midfielder’ in Premier League at the time. Manchester United signed Matic from rivals Chelsea this summer and with his ability to handle the play he will be a big player for big matches like these.
The availability of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is uncertain as the Sweden man is suffering from long-term injury. He is expected to be back in late December.
Manchester Derby Manager Key Clash
One of the most exciting rivalry between the managers – Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. Both of these men worked together at Barcelona before taking up managerial duties.
Mourinho was denied to take over Barcelona where as Pep Guardiola’s tender was accepted. Jose Mourinho took charge of Real Madrid. The two foes battled it out in Spain giving some petrol to the El Clasico rivalry.
Now, this brings us back to MUFC vs MCFC 2017 and MCFC vs MUFC 2018 – these both will want to prove themselves. On one hand Jose Mourinho will want to show his quality after being ‘disrespected’ by Chelsea and on other hand Pep Guardiola would want to prove his legacy.
Manchester Derby 2017 is the perfect scenario to spark the ‘Clash of Titans’ in Premier League.
Manchester Derby 2017 Key Clashes
Manchester 2017 Derby Facts
Manchester 2017 derby will be without top scorer Wayne Rooney. Rooney has scored eleven goals in this fixture.
There have been 174 Manchester derbies upto date where in Red Devils won 72 games and Blue’s of Manchester won 50 times. The remaining of 52 fixtures turned out to be draws.
Sergio Aguero has scored ‘8 goals’ for Manchester City until Manchester derby 2017. He has real chance of surpassing Wayne Rooney as top scorer in derbies of Manchester.
Manchester Derby 2017 Probable Lineups