For the wider Premier League audience, it’s context in the title race is the ultimate draw of Manchester United and Manchester City’s meeting on Sunday. But for the fans of both clubs, and especially those who live in Manchester, the derby is about something more important – local bragging rights.
That may seem to apply less and less to derbies these days, simply because there’s less and less local-born talent representing major Premier League clubs. But when we do see academy products and those who grew up nearby involved in derbies, they nearly always inject a little extra intensity and aggression into the match.
With that in mind, we asked Manchester United fans earlier this week whether Marcus Rashford, who played the full ninety minutes against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night, should start against the Citizens in Sunday’s late kickoff. Not only is the England international a talented and exciting forward, but he’s also a United academy product.
And while not everybody agreed with that idea, 67% of United fans think the 20-year-old should start this weekend according to our poll. How would you fit Rashford into the starting XI, Red Devils supporters? Let us know by commenting below…
If you’re going to put together a coupon this weekend, wait until you’ve seen the brace of bets we propose in the latest Football FanCast Accy Show! First up, we’re backing a treble of London Premier League clubs for outright wins—on a slip that benefits from LeoVegas Enhanced Odds. For the more cavalier, we’ve put together a pretty enticing fourfold from the EFL. Check it out and let us know what you’re backing this weekend!