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5 best Manchester derbies in the Premier League era

08 Diciembre 2017

Young is expected to return to the first XI when Manchester United host rivals Manchester City in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday afternoon.

"He needed to be playing all the time, Saturday, Tuesday, whatever it may be".

Luke Shaw's first start of the season earned a thumbs-up from Jose Mourinho after Manchester United topped their Champions League group. It's obviously a risk not having a naturally defensively-minded midfielder, like Nemanja Matic or Fernandinho, in there but Paul Pogba is more than capable of doing that job, while it allows the Frenchman to spray those heat-seeking passes from deep and allow Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva to influence the game further up.

City, as was their want circa 2012, came back from 2-0 down to equalise thanks to goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta.

Mystifying then, that a player who's recently suffered the agony and torment of long-term injury, would wish the same on fellow professionals.

Vitinho's shot deflected in off Alan Dzagoev, who was only deemed onside due to United defender Daley Blind being off the pitch behind the goalline.

Victory puts United among the group winners for the last-16 draw and saw them equal the club record of 40 successive home games without defeat ahead of Sunday's visit of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Manchester rules the Premier league this season and maybe for the next several seasons.

There is a chance, of course, that Pogba's comments were lost in translation and he was merely eluding to City's superiority and highlighting a way that they'd hopefully veer off track, but even still, that shouldn't detract from the recklessness of his words. They need to win because they know that we are behind and we are closing and closing. He was made a meme of the arrogant person and soon after began playing into that view of himself. The near miss prompted the Reds to beat their neighbours in the race to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie in the summer of 2012. I was delighted for him and you could feel Old Trafford willing him to do well. It's so difficult to leave him out.

For now, though, their focus will be fully on City and they will go into the derby buoyed by the knowledge that they have two excellent options in reserve. Bernardo doesn't - he believes and is ready to play.

5 best Manchester derbies in the Premier League era