Sunday, November 2, 2014

Premier League - Manchester derby preview: Rooney’s back to prove a point

Team news, match facts, manager quotes and fantasy pick for the Premier League game between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium.

Premier League - Manchester derby preview: Rooney’s back to prove a point
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Wayne Rooney is sent off against West Ham (AFP)

What are you made of, Wayne Rooney?
After coming in for fierce criticism for a string of below-par performances, the United skipper returns to the side following suspension with a massive point to prove. The morale-boosting draw againstChelsea suggested United are finally clicking underLouis van Gaal and we’re sure to have an even stronger indicator as to their season prospects come full-time on Sunday.
Anyone predicting an upset though should heed this ominous statistic: Manchester City have won five of the last six Manchester derbies in the Premier League by a mammoth 18-6 aggregate score. Yes, City’s topsy-turvy form hands their neighbours a real chance of grabbing something, but it still promises to be a rocky 90 minutes for the red contingent of Manchester.
Manchester City midfielder David Silva will miss Sunday's derby against Manchester United in the Premier League after being ruled out for around three weeks with a knee injury. Fellow midfielderYaya Toure is expected to feature despite being withdrawn during Wednesday's Capital One Cup loss to Newcastle amid concerns about a groin problem. Former England midfielder Frank Lampardis still expected to be absent with a thigh injury but playmaker Samir Nasri appeared to make a successful return in midweek from groin surgery.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is available after serving a three-match suspension. Striker Radamel Falcao (leg) and defensive trio Phil Jones (shin), Jonny Evans (foot) and Paddy McNair (hamstring) are out. Midfielder Jesse Lingard (knee) remains sidelined, but Antonio Valenciais available after recovering from a hamstring problem.
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Wayne Rooney bicycle kick
Louis van Gaal: "I have heard that also he [Rooney] has scored a lot of goals against Manchester City, the most of any player. I said that to him to stimulate him but he doesn't need that. I am very happy that he can play again and he shall play. Rooney was not injured. The media was writing that but he was never injured. Maybe his shoes were too tight, that is possible. But he was never injured and he shall play. He is my captain."

Manuel Pellegrini: "I think that we can play faster than we are doing. But still, I remember the games against the Newcastle and West Ham, the best player was their goalkeeper. If I think back to a year ago, I was answering the same questions. When we didn't win away for the first six games -- it was the same questions I just answered now. I will continue to play the same way."
Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero have both scored four goals in five Barclays Premier League appearances against Manchester United.
Manchester City have won five and lost just one of the last six Premier League Manchester derbies.
Yaya Toure has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances against Man Utd.
Wayne Rooney has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances at the Etihad Stadium, including three in his last two games there.
Rooney is the top scorer in Manchester derbies, both overall and in the Premier League – 11 in all comps and eight in the Premier League.
Man City have won the last three Manchester derbies in the Premier League. They have not won four in a row in the league since December 1970.
Since he made his Premier League debut in August 2010, no player has assisted as many goals (41) or created as many goalscoring chances (389) as David Silva.
Despite being only nine games in to the Premier League season, David De Gea is the only Man Utd player to have appeared in all nine matches so far this season.
Since the beginning of last season, Edin Dzeko is the only Premier League player to have scored at least four goals with his head, his left foot and his right foot.
Manchester United have made their worst start to a Premier League season, gaining just 13 points from their opening nine games. Last season under David Moyes, they had 14 points.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City): Who else? Scored four on his last Premier League outing at the Etihad and faces a United defence incapable of keeping it tight. Put simply: the Argentine is a sure bet for a windfall of fantasy points.
Man City 10/11, Draw 11/4, Man United 10/3