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Forest were targeting Bruno Fernandes, Ten Hag claims after FA Cup tie

Manchester City host Manchester United in the headline Premier League fixture on Sunday with derby bragging rights at stake.

Pep Guardiola will be desperate to keep pace with Liverpool and Arsenal in what has been a furious title race so far, while Erik ten Hag is under pressure to prove his worth after Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s takeover with an ongoing power struggle at the heart of the Old Trafford club.

The Cityzens ran out 3-0 winners at Old Trafford earlier this season, with an Erling Haaland double and Phil Foden securing a comfortable victory. Ten Hag has been caught up in a bizarre row with Fulham over a social media post appearing to mock captain Bruno Fernandes, while City have found form this week with Haaland and Kevin de Bruyne’s devastating performances at Luton in the FA Cup.

Check out the latest tips and odds for the Manchester derby and find betting sites offers here:

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Earlier today

Sunday’s early game saw Bournemouth claim their first win of the year with a hard-fought 2-0 away victory against Burnley.

Goals from Justin Kluivert and Antoine Semenyo either side of half-time move the Cherries up to 13th, while Vincent Kompany’s side remain in 19th and 11 points off safety.

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Ben Fleming3 March 2024 15:05

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Inside the power battles at the heart of the new Manchester United

Over the past few months, Jean-Claude Blanc has kept a line of dialogue open with Zinedine Zidane. Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Ineos and Blanc, the chief executive of its sports arm, have long been admirers of the former Real Madrid manager. That level of Champions League success is naturally what Ineos is aspiring to at Manchester United.

This isn’t to say that Zidane is set to take over at Old Trafford in the summer, but it is a connection the group is naturally keeping open.

Miguel Delaney, meanwhile, takes a look at the shifting power dynamics at Old Trafford following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s takeover:

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How Phil Foden became Man City’s invisible, invaluable talisman

The last time Manchester United visited the Etihad Stadium, Phil Foden achieved a historic feat. He became the first player to score a hat-trick in a Manchester derby for all of nine minutes. Admittedly, until Erling Haaland had completed his own treble, no one else had mustered one in the fixture since Andrei Kanchelskis in 1994.

The last time Manchester City beat Manchester United, Foden was on target and yet overshadowed by Haaland again, scoring the third goal at Old Trafford in October. As he approaches his 12th derby – at 23, it is another indication of how Foden is amassing the numbers of a senior player while still relatively young – it is as a member of the supporting cast again.

Ahead of today’s fixture, Richard Jolly takes a look at City’s home-grown talisman

Ben Fleming3 March 2024 14:54

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City emulating United

Man City have won five of the last six Premier League titles, while Manchester United’s most recent league title came in 2013 – Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year in charge.

Last year City matched their rivals’ feat from 1998-99 by winning the Treble and are battling to repeat the feat this season by vying for the Premier League title, the Champions League trophy and the FA Cup.

Ben Fleming3 March 2024 14:47

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Manchester United team news

Erik ten Hag, meanwhile, makes two changes from his FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest. Evans starts in central defence alongside Varane, with Amrabat dropping to the bench and Lindelof shifting to left-back.

The other change sees Mainoo come in for Antony. The youngster will partner Casemiro in a midfield-two, with McTominay moving further forward and Fernandes, presumably, shifting out to the right wing.

Man Utd XI: Onana, Dalot, Varane, Evans, Lindelof, Mainoo, Casemiro, McTominay, Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford

Subs: Bayindir, Kambwala, Ogunneye, Amad, Amrabat, Collyer, Eriksen, Forson, Antony.

Ben Fleming3 March 2024 14:40

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Manchester City team news

Pep Guardiola makes five changes from his 6-2 midweek win over Luton. Ederson returns in goal in place of Ortgea, while Akanji is replaced by Dias in central defence.

Further up the pitch, Rodri, Foden and Doku come into the side, with Nunes and Kovavic dropping to the bench and the injured Grealish missing out altogether.

Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Ake, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Foden, Doku, Haaland.

Subs: Ortega, Kovacic, Alvarez, Gomez, Gvardiol, Akanji, Nunes, Bobb, Lewis.

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Team news coming shortly

We should have starting XIs landing in the next few minutes – will there be any surprises in store?

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Ben Fleming3 March 2024 14:29

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Manchester derby results

Manchester City have won five of their last six games in all competitions against Manchester United. Their only loss in that time came in a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in January 2023.

Ben Fleming3 March 2024 14:13

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How Manchester United could line up

Manchester United predicted XI: Onana; Dalot, Varane, Evans, Lindelof; Mainoo, Casemiro; Eriksen, Fernandes, Garnacho, Rashford

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