Five reasons why Man United will win the Manchester Derby

What better way for the Premier League to reintroduce itself into our lives after an interminable international break than the Manchester derby, especially with the side-note of another battle between the two best managers in the world on the touchline.

Both Manchester City and Manchester United have made flying starts to the season and both still hold 100% records heading into this game.

El Clasico records have seen Pep Guardiola come out on top, with Mourinho winning just 15% of his games against Pep’s Barcelona during his time at Real Madrid.

However, United fans will argue that the Manchester derby is a totally different game and records of Spain should be forgotten.

Here are Five reasons why Jose Mourinho will lead Manchester United to glory against Manchester City in Saturday’s derby…

Fully Fit

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While City have Bacary Sagna, Ilkay Gundogan, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero all out through injuries and suspension, United have a full fit squad, with only Henrikh Mkhitaryan a slight doubt for the derby.

This could be vital in the outcome of the game, especially in the absence of Sergio Aguero for the visitors.

Home Advantage

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Never does home advantage count more than in a derby, where atmosphere pulsates through stadiums with palpable force.

While City have had moderate success at Old Trafford in recent years, their last two visits to the Theatre of Dreams has seen them leave with a solitary point.

Mourinho will make Old Trafford a fortress and Pep may struggle to get his side playing his total football in such an environment.

Mou’s experience


While Mourinho has never experienced the drama of a Manchester derby before, his Premier League experience means that he is fully aware of what needs to be done to reign victorious in these games.

Pep, on the other hand, is three games into his Premier League career and may need more experience in the English game before he asserts his dominance on games of this calibre.

Ibra ready to prove a point

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

If there is one man who will be ready to make his mark on Saturday’s derby, it will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede does not have a good relationship with Pep Guardiola, to put it lightly, after the Spaniard halted Zlatan’s career at the Nou Camp and forced him away despite a decent goal return.

The 34-year-old will not only want to prove a point to his former boss but will also want to demonstrate to his doubters that he is very much still at the very top of his game.

Solid Defence

Eric Bailly

Surprisingly, a defence made up of two former midfield players, a 20-year-old and a Premier League newbie has performed incredibly well so far this season. Man United’s makeshift looking defence has conceded just once and looked supremely comfortable in dealing with opposition.

While City’s formidable frontline looks dangerous even with Aguero, United can seek solace in the fact that their back four have stood strong thus far, and it also helps to have a certain David De Gea between the sticks.