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How to beat Manchester City – A theory

First of all, 3-5-2.

Having a balance between defence and attack is also very important. Having 3 defenders would cause Manchester City serious issues. Preferably, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones. We would play with two wing backs, those being Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia. Their goal would be to directly feed crosses into the two strikers. Using three defenders instead of 4 would help minimise the amount of space that Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling find. If their two wingers find space in behind, it could be detrimental to our tactics on the day. In the midfield, two out of the three would be assigned the role of man-marking Man City’s talisman, Kevin de Bruyne as well as David Silva. Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matić should be the two that are assigned this role, especially as Herrera has previously shown he is very able to do it, as showcased against Chelsea with Eden Hazard. Paul Pogba would play with Matic and Herrera, but he will be concentrating on feeding the strikers. The strikers should be Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford on the bench, later coming on as impact substitutions if all doesn’t go as planned. Their pace can cause problems for City’s ageing defence. Ibrahimovic and Lukaku can use their height to their advantage against Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi and rough them about – show them we’re up for a physical battle. The pair is a combination of skill and pace and they can link up to cause damage.

There is also the possibility that United can switch to 4-3-3, with Young coming off for one of Martial and Rashford, shifting Rojo to left-back – not ideal in some cases.

The main key to playing Manchester City will be keeping three men in midfield, and not letting City bypass the midfield with their quick tiki-taka style football.

José Mourinho will be looking to extend his unbeaten run at home (if United remain unbeaten after their Champions League game against CSKA Moscow), whilst Pep Guardiola will be looking to secure a Premier League record of 14 straight wins (also if they win against Southampton and West Ham United). The derby will be one of the biggest in recent years due to the two club’s positions in the table.

The game will take place at Old Trafford on the 10th December with kick off at 16:30 GMT, with Manchester City the favourites to win the game despite United’s home advantage. Check out these various betting sites to win some money. 

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