Manchester City vs Man United: Battle of supremacy

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola

Manchester United, Manchester City in a battle of supremacy

By Valentine Amanze

Manchester City and Manchester United will on Sunday get closer to defining the Top Four and the winner of the 2021/2022 Premier League.

The derby, which kicks off at Etihad Stadium by 4pm, no doubt rekindles old rivalry and indeed the biggest match of the week.

Manchester City, the defending Premier League champions, must first maintain their local dominance to stay on top in the title race before hosting Liverpool, the club that is fast catching up with it on points.

Though City and United have dropped all of five points since the start of November (15W-1D-1L in 17 games over four months), Manchester City find themselves narrowly pacing the Reds to retain their title. The gap is six points again against Liverpool, now that Man City have played an extra game, but it feels a near-certainty that Liverpool will continue their sizzling form by winning their game in hand, setting up the de facto title decider between the two sides on April 10.

Though Manchester City are gunning for the trophy, it will be difficult to under rate a struggling Manchester United that have given up on the trophy but targeting Top Four.

Ralf Rangnick is in charge of Manchester United for another three months, at which point he’ll place a key role in hiring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent replacement, who will then have to deal with the looming “will he stay or will he go” saga involving Cristiano Ronaldo, hopefully with a bit of mind paid to what’s actually best for the long-term future of the club. To say that much hangs in the balance, all the difference in the world between a 4th- and 5th-place finish, would be an understatement. Ronalod loves playing in the Champions League and will not go less as he had assured that Manchester United would end up in Top Three, not Four.

He is also said to be in a tough form considering the tasks ahead – Tottenham Hotspurs, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.

Also, Rangnick’s expression of willingness to continue beyond the next three months as manager will also spur him to role out a winning team on Sunday.

A victory on derby day would mean so much more than just three points, perhaps kick-starting and inspiring a furious finish to keep Manchester United among the Premier League elite.

The match will also mean so much to Ronaldo, who is battling goals drought, and Pep


, who wanted him [Ronaldo] at City.

On a good day, the best of Ronaldo comes during big matches like the derby on Sunday. Don’t rule him out making the difference on Sunday.


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