Manchester City vs Manchester United: 3 key battles | Premier League 2018-19
Arguably the best fixture of 'Super Sunday', Manchester United taking on Manchester City will not give football fans a moment of peace. It is a game which paralyses almost everyone in Manchester, and football fanatics around the globe will keep their eyes glued.
This fixture proved to be comfortable for United over the years, but Manchester City have slowly turned it around. Manchester City were once not in the 'Big 4' but times have changed, and it's United's turn to stop a seemingly unstoppable Manchester City nowadays.
Manchester City have already scored a staggering 50 goals in all competitions this season', even without their main playmaker, Kevin De Bruyne. But the significant improvement in their defence makes them almost invincible. There are no doubts about their squad depth as well as quality, and they have shown the world that Manchester City are a team without weakness.
Manchester United on the other hand, are languishing 8th on the points table. They have only won 6 out of their 11 games, losing 3 in the process. Although players like Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku have struggled to find form, Anthony Martial's recent performances are a silver lining.
United's latest victory against Juventus in the UEFA Champions League will provide them a much needed confidence boost ahead of the clash, but Jose Mourinho and co know that stopping City will be a different challenge altogether. Lets take a quick glance at key battles in this mammoth Manchester derby.
#3 Anthony Martial vs John Stones and Laporte
This is one battle the Manchester United fans will look forward to. Martial is well on his way to revamp United's poor run of form. His cohesive play and link up with Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard upfront seems to have brought some good fortune back in the absence of their target man, Romelu Lukaku.
On the other hand, Martial will face a huge task breaking the barriers of City's dynamic duo at the back, Laporte and Stones. Both of them form a formidable pair with their skillful on the ball play and almost perfect passes throughout the game.
Laporte averages 1.5 interceptions, and almost 3 clearances per game, and it is not surprising that he has played every single minute in the English Premier League. It will be interesting to see who partners Martial upfront, but the United attack led by Martial will face an uphill task in this game.