It’s only the 11th match of the 38-game English Premier League season, but Saturday’s 186th Manchester derby has major implications for both teams. Manchester United knows it can catch its intra-city rivals in the standings with a victory, while Manchester City will not want to lose more ground to Chelsea and Liverpool given their impressive runs thus far.
Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have saved his job after a 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur and a 2-2 Champions League draw at Atalanta . Those results coincided with a shift to a more sturdy 3-5-2 tactical formation, which he had to abandon in Italy due to a forced injury susbstitution. But Cristiano Ronaldo saved the day again with two goals, included a stoppage-time equalizer (9 goals in 11 matches).
It’s been a mixed bag for Man City and Pep Guardiola in recent days. Elimination in the League Cup to West Ham was followed by a shock 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace in the Premier League, leaving it five points away from leaders Chelsea. However, the team earned a convincing 4-1 midweek win against Club Brugge in the Champions League to get back on track.
While the bookmakers favor Man City entering this season’s first derby, it’s worth noting that Manchester United is undefeated in its last four Premier League matches (3-0-1) against the Citizens dating back to December 2019. And this time the Red Devils have Ronaldo, who was rumored to be in the crosshairs of Man City this past summer.
Sporting News is following the Manchester derby live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Manchester United vs. Manchester City live score
MANC — own goal (Eric Bailly) — 7th min.
MANC — Bernardo Silva (Joao Cancelo) — 45th min.
(All times Eastern)
48th min.: Yellow card for Joao Cancelo for stopping a promising attack as Jadon Sancho ran at him down the right side. Nothing comes of the set piece.
46th min.: Second half underway. Jadon Sancho in for Eric Bailly. With the center back coming off, it’s a 4-2-3-1 for Man United.
Halftime: Manchester United 0, Manchester City 2
Halftime: If it wasn’t for David De Gea, this scoreline would be on par with the Liverpool 5-0 win at Old Trafford. Manchester United can’t keep possession, it can’t disrupt Man City’s players with pressure, and its players are making mistakes: Eric Bailly’s own goal and De Gea/Shaw on the second goal. There’s a gulf in class between these two teams. The Red Devils are on the back foot.
45th min.: Goal Man City! Cancelo lofts a ball into the box and Luke Shaw just lets Bernardo Silva glide by him for the touch and he beats David De Gea at the post. Poor from the goalkeeper. Poor from Shaw.
40th min.: Cristiano Ronaldo shot on goal, but he’s offside on the pass from Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Ronaldo seems to be Man United’s only hope. Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes have been invisible.
34th min.: De Gea again with a save. Kevin De Bruyne shoots and he tips it away on the corner. There’s another shot on the corner and De Gea blocks again!
33th min.: Nearly another Man United own goal! Cross from the left and this time it’s Victor Lindelof who deflects it on goal, but David De Gea blocks it.
29th min.: De Gea with a big save! Phil Foden sprung in behind and the play leads to a shot in the box by Gabriel Jesus, but De Gea tips it away. Two straight corners for Man City. De Gea stops first, Cancelo skies the other.
26th min.: What a chance for ManU! First sustained possession and it results in a Luke Shaw cross that finds Ronaldo for the volley, but Ederson blocks it and Man City clears. The Old Trafford crowd is back into it.
24th min.: It’s been all Manchester City. Man United doesn’t have anyone who wants the ball. Cristiano Ronaldo had one attacking run and he was offside on that play. Man United is essentially defending all game with five defenders.
14th min.: Long ball into the box by Kevin De Bruyne and it just misses Phil Foden, who was preparing for the volley hit. Man City looks comfortable. Man United can’t get on the ball.
7th min.: Goal Manchester City! A Joao Cancelo cross from the left is deflected by Eric Bailly for an own goal. He went for the clearance, but the ball hit his shin and went past David De Gea.
Eric Bailly got plenty of plaudits for display v Atalanta but he was culpable for both goals + so poor then. Slow to get into line with other defenders + compounds error by swiping wildly. Boom or bust with him. #MUFC
— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) November 6, 2021
6th min.: Man United chance! Set-piece header from Harry Maguire that finishes high. Maguire beat his marker to that ball from Luke Shaw.
3rd min.: Man City’s Bernardo Silva with the first shot of the game and it’s high and off target just inside the box. De Bruyne is playing wide right and Phil Foden out left.
1st min.: It’s kickoff. Man City get us started.
8:30 a.m.: Managers handshake before a pregame remembrance:
8:27 a.m.: Teams are on the field. We’re getting close.
8:19 a.m.: Interesting observation with both Sancho and Grealish on the bench:
It is quite indicative of modern football that both these clubs’ biggest summer signings – Grealish and Sancho – are just dropped for this game. For most of football history, signings like that would just be fixtures in the team. Now, £180m on the bench with nobody too bothered.
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 6, 2021
Man City’s last three club record signings– Sterling, Mahrez, and Grealish– are all sitting next to each other on the bench today. That’s ridiculous
— Aaron Moniz (@amonizfootball) November 6, 2021
7:11 a.m.: Remember those Ronaldo to Man City reports this past summer?
6:58 a.m.: Kevin De Bruyne on manager Pep Guardiola:
6:45 a.m.: Much will be made of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stats against Pep Guardiola (4W-3L-1D in eight matches) if Man United manage to stay undefeated for a fifth straight league game:
6:11 a.m.: A few highlights to get the juices flowing in the early morning (if you’re a Red Devils fan):
Manchester United vs. Manchester City lineups
The two big absences for Man United are the suspendend Paul Pogba and injured Raphael Varane (hamstring), who came out of the match against Atalanta in midweek and is out for a month. Victor Lindelof was doubtful after missing the Atalanta match, but he’s starting in a three-man center back line. Mason Greenwood is the third different forward to pair with Ronaldo this week after Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United starting lineup (3-5-2, left to right): 1-David de Gea-GK — 5-Harry Maguire (c), 2-Victor Lindelof, 3-Eric Bailly — 23-Luke Shaw, 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka — 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 11-Mason Greenwood
Manchester United subs (9): 26-Dean Henderson-GK, 20-Diogo Dalot, 27-Alex Telles, 34-Donny van de Beek, 31-Nemanja Matic, 14-Jesse Lingard, 10-Marcus Rashford, 25-Jadon Sancho, 9-Anthony Martial
Jack Grealish starts his first Manchester derby on the bench. John Stones gets the start at center back in place of the suspended Aymeric Laporte. Kyle Walker was subbed out in the midweek match against Club Brugge with a knock to his foot, he recovered in time for the match. Forward Ferran Torres is still out with a long-term injury.
Manchester City starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 31-Ederson-GK — 27-Joao Cancelo, 3-Ruben Dias, 5-John Stones, 2-Kyle Walker — 20-Bernardo Silva, 16-Rodri, 8-Ilkay Gundogan (c) — 47-Phil Foden, 9-Gabriel Jesus, 17-Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City subs (9): 13-Zack Steffen-GK, 33-Scott Carson-GK, 6-Nathan Ake, 11-Oleksandr Zinchenko, 80-Cole Palmer, 25-Fernandinho, 26-Riyad Mahrez, 7-Raheem Sterling, 10-Jack Grealish
How to watch Manchester United vs. Manchester City
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 6
- Time: 8:30 a.m. ET
- TV Channels: NBCSN
- Spanish-language TV: Telemundo, Universo
- Streaming: fuboTV , DAZN (CA)
The match from Old Trafford will be carried in English (NBCSN) and Spanish (Telemundo, Universo) in the USA.
All three of those channels can be streamed on fuboTV , which offers a free 7-day trial for new users . In Canada, the English Premier League is available exclusively, live and on-demand, on DAZN . And DAZN offers new customers a 30-day free trial period.