Man United vs Man City fans' view

Man United vs Man City fans' view
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By Claire Bloomfield

(Reuters) - Manchester United have the chance to close the gap at the top of the Premier League table to five points and keep the title race alive when they host leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

Whilst Pep Guardiola’s side have scored 62 goals this season - an average of almost three per game, United have the best defensive record in the division having conceded nine league goals.

Here is what the fans have to say about their clubs.

Paul Ansorge, Co-Host, United Rantcast “On our podcast this week I was extremely negative about Manchester United's chances. The Arsenal game aside, we've been pretty poor in big games this season and losing Paul Pogba through suspension is a massive blow.

“Pogba is an incredible player and makes United a completely different proposition. Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial are the three best players in the team.

“Manchester City have been seriously good until their last couple of games and I’m sad to say it, but I think we’ll lose 2-1 on Sunday.

“In truth, they don't have too many weaknesses to exploit. They’re not great at defending set pieces, and maybe they find it a bit tricky to break down super defensive teams, but neither of those things have cost them yet this season.

“Mourinho and Guardiola have kept it very civil up to now and I'd be surprised if that changed much. Mourinho is probably reluctant to go to war with someone who looks likely to beat him to the title.”

Mark Bent, season ticker holder, Manchester City

“I think Manchester City will have the edge in the derby this weekend. It will be close, but I’m predicting a 2-0 win for City. If we score first, then Manchester United will have to come out and play at some point, and that will open things up for City to grab a second goal.

“United will look to keep it very tight and challenge us physically, but we have better players and if we play our usual game, we should win. Winning the derby gives you the best feeling as you are coming out of the ground. It’s unlike any other victory in that respect. “I have been to every Manchester derby apart from one since 1986, so I’ve experienced my fair share of defeats and victories in this fixture. The City section in the stadium will be bouncing on Sunday.

“The 6-1 victory at Old Trafford back in 2011 was one of my greatest-ever away days – the feeling that afternoon was something else. I hope that my fellow Blues and I can go to work and school on Monday having beaten United and stand 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

“I think the days of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho being at war are behind them now – although we are likely to see them both make thinly-veiled comments after the game. I’m sure that there will be fireworks on the pitch, though.”

(Reporting by Claire Bloomfield, editing by Ed Osmond)

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