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Man City vs Man United: Preview, team news, how to watch, what’s been said (Premier League)



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Manchester United will do battle with Manchester City for the second time this season as Erik ten Hag’s travel to the Etihad in the Premier League.

Last time out, it was Manchester City who came trumps up as two goals from Erling Haaland and a further from Phil Foden saw them defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford in October last year.

Erik ten Hag has not had much good luck against Pep Guardiola, with the side falling to a 6-3 defeat at the Etihad last season, and they will be looking to do one better on Sunday afternoon.

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The two clubs, situated approximately 4 miles apart, are separated by 15 points in the league table, with United in sixth and City in second.

Team news

Manchester United remain with several absentees, with the following players unavailable for selection: Lisandro Martínez, Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw, Rasmus Højlund, Mason Mount, Anthony Martial, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Harry Maguire missed the recent FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, but there has been no update on his fitness since – although Ten Hag did say that he doesn’t expect any changes from the squad that played on Wednesday.

For Manchester City, they will be without Jack Grealish for the game, while defender Josko Gvardiol remains a concern.

Our full team news update can be found here.

What’s been said

Before the fixture, both Ten Hag and Guardiola issued their thoughts on what was set to be an exciting game this weekend.

Ten Hag said: “We are also in a good run. This period is very good, we are united. We are in togetherness and make a good game plan. We have done [well] before against City and also lately against Liverpool, so we will prepare well.

“The players are ready for it and looking forward to it. I can smell it. I am around here and speak with the players, so we are really looking forward and excited.”

Guardiola said: “Always I expect the best of our opponents. The best performance of them is what I expect. My players know what I expect. I don’t talk one word what the opponents do.

“I respect (them) too much. When I say comments, people say ‘Pep say this..’ Not my intention. Enormous respect for the institution and Erik (ten Hag).

How to watch

The Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium will be broadcast in the UK on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League – it will kick off on Sunday, 3 March, at 15:30 GMT.

BBC Radio 5 Live will provide radio coverage, and the official live stream for the game will be on the Sky Go app, which requires a subscription to use.

In the USA, the tie will be shown on Peacock, while those in the UAE will be able to watch it on beIN SPORTS CONNECT, English, and HD 1. All other global TV channel information can be found here.

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