Manchester United (MUN) host city rivals Manchester City (MCI) for the 186th Manchester derby in Matchweek 11 of the Premier League 2021-22 season at Old Trafford on Saturday, November 6. The head-to-head between the two clubs have witnessed United winning 77 times, City emerging triumphant on 55 occasions besides also sharing the spoils 53 times.
MUN vs MCI Dream11 prediction
After a rather troubling period, Manchester United got back to winning ways when they defeated Tottenham 3-0 away from home last week. For City, they were humbled by Crystal Palace at home, but that was largely down to the fact that they were reduced to 10 men following a red card to Aymeric Laporte.
As we look through the numbers, City’s record against Manchester United in the Premier League isn’t one they’ll be proud of lately as they haven’t defeated the Red Devils in the league since April 2019. The teams have played four matches in that time and United have come out victorious on three occasions while one ended in a stalemate.
History, however, means little in derby fixtures like these. Manchester United’s recent struggles in defence was further hit when Raphael Varane came off injured against Atalanta in midweek. Sure, Manchester City will be without Laporte but they do have Ruben Diaz, Nathan Ake and John Stones as cover in defence. With all things considered, United’s current form makes the home team second favourites on Saturday.
MUN vs MCI Dream11 team tips for Premier League 2021-22
Top tip: Best forward
Considering the rotation Pep Guardiola is expected to do, Cristiano Ronaldo remains your best bet for a striker. The Manchester United forward has scored in three in his last four matches. United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham saw Ronaldo accumulating 80 fantasy points courtesy a goal as well as assist and one can expect more of the same on Saturday.
Top tip: Best midfielder
While it’s quite a conundrum between Kevin de Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes for a spot in the centre of the park, the latter is certainly a safer bet on current form. The 27-year-old attacking midfielder has been named in the Dream Team in each of his last seven matches, so it comes as no surprise that a whopping 93.9% of fantasy players have decided to add him to their team.
Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper
Joao Cancelo has been fantastic for Manchester City this season. The Portuguese full-back assisted three goals in City’s 4-1 win over Club Brugge in the midweek and will be a threat on the wings. Like his Portuguese compatriot Bruno Fernandes, Cancelo has made it to the Dream Team in each of his last seven matches.
For a goalkeeper, we recommend you to go with David de Gea rather than Ederson. The Manchester United stopper will be tested at regular intervals and is likely to make more saves, which in turn will earn you more points.
MUN vs MCI probable playing XI
MUN playing XI (probable): David de Gea (goalkeeper); Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire (captain), Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw; Fred, Scott McTominay; Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani; Cristiano Ronaldo
MCI playing XI (probable): Ederson (goalkeeper); Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Diaz (captain), Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kevin de Bruyne; Phil Foden, Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish
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