Manchester giants seek the delight of the derby while Liverpool threatens to explode out of reach
LONDON: Both sides of the Manchester division will expect a derby delight to boost the disappointing seasons when City receives United on Saturday, while Liverpool travel to Bournemouth with the aim of increasing even clearer at the top of the Premier league .
United Manchester I got a much-needed victory for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Wednesday, inflicting a first defeat as Tottenham's manager over Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese returned to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils again depended on Marcus Rashford's goals when the England striker struck twice to bring his account to 12 in 13 games for the club and the country.
He was strong, straightforward, and took people in and out without fear, Solskjaer said.
That's what we want, we want to see children have fun.
There has been precious little for United fans to enjoy this season, but just a fifth Premier league victory in 15 games was enough to lift them up to sixth.
That remains 11 points adrift from the City in third place, despite its own difficulties sometimes.
Pep Guardiola's men looked more like his old self by beating Burnley 4-1 on Tuesday with Gabriel Jesus intervening in the absence of the injured Sergio Agüero to score twice.
City have lost just one of six league meetings with United since Guardiola took charge three years ago and cannot afford to slip up if they are to maintain any aspirations of catching Liverpool in the title race.
The English champions could start in Etihad 14 points behind the leaders, in case Jurgen Klopp's men continue their sparkling form in Bournemouth earlier on Saturday.
For the distance we are behind Liverpool it would be crazy to think about the title, we have to think about the derby, Guardiola said.
Klopp could even afford to leave Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah on the bench for a 5-2 beating against Everton in the Merseyside derby midweek.
Both are expected to return for a visit to the south coast, but Klopp can rest some of its stars that started against Everton before a great week for European champions.
Liverpool travel to Salzburg in the Champions League on Tuesday needing to avoid defeat if their defense is of the title is not to embarrassingly end in the group stages.
Divock Origi scored twice against Everton and Xherdan Shaqiri struck in his first start of the season to show that Klopp has the strength in depth to successfully shuffle his pack.
It's easy for me to tell them often, very often, how good they are, but if they don't play, it's not too easy for them to always understand what I say, Klopp said.
But if they play and deliver as they did, it is a very, very important signal for the whole team.
Leicester remain Liverpool's closest challengers, eight points back in second, thanks to a run of eight straight wins in all competitions.
The team is developing and proving that they have a winning mentality and mentality, said Leicester chief Brendan Rodgers, who has rejected speculation that links him to the vacant management position at Arsenal.
The next step for the fit Foxes is a trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.
Villa is one of the many teams that returned to the battle to avoid the descent by Southampton's resurgence with Dean Smith's men just one point above the drop zone.
Saturday: Everton vs. Chelsea, Bournemouth vs. Liverpool, Tottenham vs. Burnley, Watford vs. Crystal Palace, Manchester city vs United Manchester
Sunday: Newcastle vs. Southampton, Norwich vs. Sheffield United, Aston Villa vs. Leicester, Brighton vs. Wolves (1630)
Monday: West Ham vs. Arsenal (2000)