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United could put the title to bed in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford

It’s the big one as United take on City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford, and they are a top priced 2.3 with bet365 to beat their arch rivals.

Sir Alex’s side have won each of their last seven Premier League games and are now unbeaten in 18 (D2).

They have kept six clean sheets in a row in the league, and have not conceded for 627 minutes in the competition.

The Red Devils, who currently sit 15 points clear of the Citizens at the top of the table, know that victory will almost certainly secure them the title and the gaffer is sure to have them fired up for this following their disappointing display when getting knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea.

One thing that certainly could be on the menu is goals.

Including the Community Shield match in 2011, the last five meetings between the two sides in all competitions have seen 23 goals netted – an average of 4.6 a game.

That suggest that over 2.5 goals in this is a knocking bet at 1.7 with bet365, and over 3.5 is also well worth considering at odds of 3 with sportingbet.

Robin van Persie has gone nine successive appearances without a goal in all competitions for United, but it will surely not be long before he ends the drought and at 6.5 with Coral he makes plenty of appeal in the first goalscorer market.

He can also be backed at 2.5 with Coral to net anytime, and that looks cracking value given that he is as short as even money (2) elsewhere.

In the correct score market I like the look of a 3-1 with for United, and that scoreline can be backed at a juicy looking 19 with Coral.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Bernard Perekamoyo

    7 April 2013 at 11:36

    ManU cannot afford giving away points on a silver platter. Such game is very essential both on paper and title race, the latter being juxtaimportant. Bravo ManU!!!

  2. kienu

    7 April 2013 at 15:05

    first! win!

  3. Moscow

    7 April 2013 at 16:41

    As always, the midfield will be a huge concern. If we lose the gap is 12 points. We are yet to play the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal who will play out of their skins for that top 4 along with Spurs. Stoke away and West Ham away are no gimmes, Villa are fighting relegation and Swansea always play well (one of the only 4 teams to take points off us this season).

    If we win though, it’s all over.

    • Opti

      7 April 2013 at 18:12

      @Moscow: Fergie will play for draw, with Scholes making a cameo along with Giggs. Then Fletcher will come on at half-time where Fergie will announce “No New Signings in Summer” and Glory Glory Man United will spill out of the OT Speaker System.

      All is good! 😆

      • Moscow

        7 April 2013 at 20:33

        @Opti: Pessimist to the end after what happened last season! 👿

      • The_Philosopher

        8 April 2013 at 08:50

        @Opti: Hahaha! Very funny.

        I like 😀

    • The_Philosopher

      8 April 2013 at 13:21

      @Moscow: How would you fix our midfield Mosc?

      If you could buy and sell players for United.

      Who would you buy?

      Who would you sell?

      And how would you have them play?

      • Racs

        8 April 2013 at 14:08

        @The_Philosopher:
        I would like in on this debate if you don’t mind mate! hehe

        Its clear that first and foremost we need to sign a central midfielder. Someone who is technically and tactically sound who also possess great positioning and reading of the game! The only midfielder who we have who currently shows this Carrick, hes has been immense for us this season! We need some steel whereby the player would need to be able to break up and nullify opposition attacks and at the same time pass the ball to our more creative players to do their business! 2 players that spring to mind…Kevin Strootman and Sven Bender. Both are tough battling midfielders and I am 100% certain that they would improve our midfield significantly where we would not become overrun and hopefully manage to dominate possession in most games because nowadays we very rarely dominate possession which makes it hard to swallow (for me personally).

        Personally, I would look at offloading Anderson. He has never really cut it during his time at United and it’s a shame. Granted he’s been injured a lot during his time at OT but I also feel he has always been played out of position. He has always been an attacking minded midfielder and at times a number 10! Unfortunately for him we have better players that him in that position i.e. Rooney and Kagawa!

        I would also possibly look at signing a central defender and the only player I would really like to see at United would be Mats Hummels. He truly is a top top player however there has been interest shown by the 2 Spanish giants so I feel he would probably end up in Spain next season!

        Perhaps also offload one of our wide men and it’s a pretty tough one to call really as I don’t know who!!! I know we have signed Zaha for next season but surely that is SAF looking to the future. I think we need to sign an established wide player who can fit into the side immediately. Players along the lines of Marco Reus, Mario Gotze or even James Rodriguez however getting either of these players is wishful thinking if you ask me!

        What do you think?

  4. Sahal

    7 April 2013 at 21:12

    I wonder if Fergie will opt to play Kagawa on the left since Nani and Young haven’t been delivering.
    Might be worth a go as it will also allow him and Rooney to alternate positions.

    • Racs

      8 April 2013 at 01:19

      @Sahal: Completely agree with this. I have always said that we should play this way. Kagawa playing as an inverted winger, starting on the left cutting inside. That would then allow us to play Rooney behind RVP. Rooney can quite easily play on the left side as he has done so before. Kagawa and Rooney can easily switch and alternate at any given moment which would give us some fluidity and unpredictability.

      I don’t know why SAF hasn’t tried this more often this season!

      Starting 11 for tomorrow’s game…..

      ………………………De Gea……………………………..

      Rafael……….Rio…………..Evans……………Evra…..

      ……………….Carrick………Jones/Cleverley……….

      Welbeck…………….Rooney…………………..Kagawa

      …………………………RVP…………………………………

      What do you guys think????

      COME ON UNITED!!!!!

      • The_Philosopher

        8 April 2013 at 08:57

        @Racs: Welbeck will run his socks off but I think he provides more of a threat from the right than the left. So good choice there.

        I wouldn’t mind seeing Ashley Young on the right either.

        I don’t like using Kagawa on the wings although I would welcome his inclusion becaus ehe needs games.

        Carrick will do the passing and build up play. Rooney will drop deep to assist him.

        Jones will do the dirty work and hustle to get the ball back or to shut down City’s attacks before they build momentum.

        RVP will prowl around the opposition box waiting to pounce on something and he will have Rooney supporting him from behind and Kagawa and Welbs coming in on the wings.

        I would expect to many crosses from such a formation.

        But it seems a solid one.

        I would play Vidic and Ferdidnand together.

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