3 Keys to Winning the Manchester Derby

I am a Red, but you have to be honest in moments like this. The facts are…well, kind of irrefutable. The noisy neighbors have taken over the neighborhood. The Citizens have taken 5 out of the last 6 derby games, scoring 13 goals in their blue moon wake compared to the 5 the Red Devils managed to muster within the same period. Manuel Pellegrini won the league in his first stint as City boss.

The Reds fumbled the succession plan after the legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson called it a day at Old Trafford. Senior Moyes reign is one most reds would like to relegate to the farthest recess of their memories. It’s a brand new day with Van Gaal at the helm. His philosophy has taken a while to cement, but United now look like a squad looking to challenge on the domestic and continental front.

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United are on an impressive 5 game winning streak. LVG has vanquished Moyes tepid habit of losing home games, with the devils winning 10 out of the last 11 matches at the theater of dreams. United will want to keep pace with the top 2, especially with Arsenal scrapping a win at Burnley yesterday. Here are 3 keys to the Reds bucking the trend, and claiming this derby.

Keys to Winning Manchester Derby

1. Win the battle at the Edges

Van Gaal has relied on the overpowering opponents at the wide areas. The great movement and fluidity of Blind/Young/Fellaini on the left and Valencia/Herrera/Mata on the right will be the main key to unlocking City’s resolve on match day. Expect Clichy to be the most vulnerable, if United’s Spanish axis keeps up with recent form, they should be handful for the Frenchman who tends to be ill-positioned at times. It is likely Fellaini will be deployed against the recently stuttering Vincent Kompany, the result of that Belgian standoff could sway the results either way depending on who comes up victorious.

2. Keep IX Devils on the Pitch