While Manchester United's defense will be put to its biggest test this weekend against cross-city rivals Manchester City, the result of the derby could hinge on the battle of tactics between Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini.
When Louis van Gaal assumed control of United this summer, the 63-year-old was coming off a successful World Cup campaign with Holland.
With four of last season's top eight to come in their next seven league games, Manchester United's heroic comeback against Chelsea could be the start of a title challenge... or it could be another false dawn.
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Last weekend's comeback against Chelsea shows that Manchester United really mean business this season, and their next seven league games could be the difference between a genuine title challenge and another disappointing end to the season.
Manchester City vs Manchester United: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The first Manchester derby of the season sees both sides lower down in the table than they were expecting at the start of the season.
Manchester City dropped to third last weekend after losing 2-1 at West Ham, whilst Manchester United are as low as 8th, although taken eight points from their last four games as they have shown signs of turning the corner since the close of the transfer window.
The influx of investment into Manchester City has seen the Manchester derby become one of the biggest games on the continent, and ahead of this weekend's clash between the age old rivals, there is plenty to get excited about.
Aside from the match between Manchester's finest at the Etihad, Germany and Russia both host their own version of "el Clasico", as arguably the biggest sides in each league go head-to-head.
Prior to last weekend's showdown at Old Trafford, it wasroundly statedthat Manchester United was going to face its biggest challenge of the new campaign when Louis van Gaal's side matched up with league leading Chelsea.
Following the contest,the majority offootball experts agreed that Uniteddisplayed their best performance of the early season by securing a last-minute draw against Jose Mourinho's men.
Possible Chelsea Starting XI Against QPR - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Last week, the Blues conceded deep into stoppage-time against Manchester United to come away from Old Trafford with only one point.
Rolando Aarons only returned to training this week after being out a few weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up while on England U20 duty last month, so we were a little surprised he started the game at Manchester City. Aarons slotting home the first goal a great opportunist goal But when [...]
We couldn't quite believe just how well Paul Dummett played at center-back on Wednesday night against the Premier league Champions and Capital One Cup holders Manchester City, and when the team was announced we were a little bit worried that Paul was in at center-back. Paul Dummett had a very good game on Wednesday [.
Alan Pardew is going to have some trouble picking the starting eleven on Saturday, and for this game we will assume every player is fit and ready to go apart from Davide Santon and Siem de Jong. Rolando Aarons great goal after six minutes must start And after the great win on Wednesday [...]
Suddenly over the last three weeks or so, Newcastle seem to have a much better squad than we thought, and it's because players like Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez, Gabby Obertan, Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi, Rob Elliot and Mehdi Abeid not to mention Ryan Taylor have all played very well for the Newcastle side [.
It's really a great story, and one we all love to see, when a player like Ryan Taylor comes back into the Newcastle side in a very tough game at the EtihadStadium, and Ryan had the kind of game that may not have been possible after he had suffered two terrible ACL knee injuries. Ryan [...]
As Moussa Sissoko stabbed the ball past Willy Caballero to send Newcastle United into the quarter-finals of the League Cup, you could sense a shift in momentum at the football club. On the pitch, on the bench and in the stands, fond memories were created on a special night in Manchester as the travelling Toon fans did an ironic Poznan to celebrate a famous 2-0 win.
Rolando Aarons does not want to be compared to Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, who at 19 years old, has already played 11 times for England, but if Rolando keeps up the excellent form he has shown this season, including a great goal last night at the Etihad Stadium, he could even find himself in the England [.
In the last two game, both of which we have won away from home against very good opposition, we have seen many of Newcastle's players starting to hit somewhere near their top form. Ryan Taylor in great form on Wednesday night On Sunday, Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez both looked good and scored good [.
Our next game at home to Liverpool inthe early kick-off game on Saturday is only just over 36 hours away, so there's not much time to recover from last night's game and get ready for the next big test. Alan Pardew - last Sunday at Tottenham But it will help that only four players [...]
In his press conference for the upcoming home game against Liverpool on Saturday, Alan Pardew had some good news on the injury front today. Mehdi Abeid holding off Edin Dzeko last night Mehdi had a very good game again Alan was asked what the injury situation was, and he said the only real doubt [.
Ever since their promotion back to the English Premier League in 2012, the one area where Southampton have been lacking is their goalkeeping department.
In attack they produced some moments of true magic over the past couple of seasons, whilst the likes of Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, Jose Fonte, Nathaniel Clyne and Calum Chambers gave a solid look to their backline.
Nowadays, FIFA, world football's governing body, has little to no credibility. With the organisation, under the leadership of Sepp Blatter, seemingly in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, FIFA has been under damage control for some time now. And the release of the 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist will not help.
Another fascinating weekend of Premier League fixtures awaits us from Saturday through to Sunday with the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon the highlight. Chelsea can increase their lead at the top with a win over QPR while Burnley chase their first three points of the season at the Emirates. Tom Powell is on hand with his best bets from the weekend's action.
Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs.
Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League, has revealed that the blue half DO now have the edge.
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