Former England manager Kevin Keegan has told the BBC
Keegan, who managed Manchester City between 2001 and 2005, said: “City must win the game. If they win it, they’re the favourites,” before adding: United are still slight favourites because a draw or a win at the Etihad and it’s over.”
United go into the match with a three-point lead over City, but if Roberto Mancini’s side record a second league win of the season over their cross-city rivals, they will top the table on goal difference with two games to play. Earlier in the season City went to Old Trafford and returned with a remarkable 6-1 win, United’s worst home defeat since 1955 and a result that gave City a five-point advantage as of late October.
A recent run of patchy form, however, allowed United to dethrone City from the summit of the table and establish a five-point lead of their own. But this weekend United gave up a 4-2 lead at home to Everton to draw the match 4-4 while City defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0, condemning the Midlands side to relegation in the process, to set the stage for next week’s derby meeting.
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