Ferdinand ‘praying’ for Manchester United victory in derby

Later this afternoon, a game that could be crucial in the Premier League title race will be staged, with Manchester United and Manchester City going head to head at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola’s City side are currently leading the charge with an eight-point advantage over the rest of the pack.

The team are currently unbeaten in the league having avoided defeat in 15 matches.

However, the blue half of Manchester have left it late in their recent fixtures, scoring the winner after the 80-minute mark in clashes against Huddersfield Town, Southampton and West Ham United.

Jose Mourinho’s men head into this afternoon’s encounter in good form having won their last four top-flight matches.

The most recent league triumph was against Arsenal at the Emirates, and despite the Gunners creating plenty of chances, it was United who scored the all-important goals to claim a 3-1 win.

Rio Ferdinand, who spent 12 years at United, tweeted an impassioned pre-match message.

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