Manchester United have been in good form of late, with Jose Mourinho’s men slowly but surely closing the gap on their rivals. The 2-0 result against Burnley completed an excellent week of results on the field, but the injuries are mounting up; our next fixture? an away trip to Manchester City.
They themselves aren’t having the best time of things recently on the injury front, either. Josep Guardiola had to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final yesterday, with both Sergio Aguero and David Silva coming off with apparent injuries.
Now, their Spanish boss has confirmed he ‘doesn’t know’ whether the star pair will be fit for the derby on Thursday night, and this could be a huge little boost for Mourinho and his players.
“We have three or four days to recover [before the game with United]. Today we are sad but as soon as possible we will stand up,” the City boss said after being dumped out of the FA Cup, as per the Manchester Evening News.
“We tried to change many things. Results show who you are. They could be better, could be worse.”
The Blues gaffer was then asked about Silva and Aguero directly, Guardiola added: “I don’t know. Aguero was dead from the kick. I didn’t speak with the doctors. We will see tomorrow [Monday] how they are.”
“Silva told me he couldn’t keep playing. It would have been better to have him on the pitch, but we will never know that.”
Obviously, they are both immensely talented and they would be a big blow, but City does have players who can come in and do a job for them. They are still the home team in this fixture and probably should be regarded as favourites, but any help we can get, we’ll definitely take.
It will certainly be an intriguing fixture to watch. Our counter-attacking style worked wonders against Chelsea just over a week ago, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see us employ a similar tactic for this one.
We have the best manager in the world leading us, and you’d fully back him to set us up correctly to go out and get a positive result and potentially leapfrog our rivals in the Premier League table.
The players themselves will also be out for revenge, as let’s not forget, the only team to beat us at home in the Premier League this season is Manchester City, and that was way back in September.