Manchester Derby Day: After Champions League exit, Manchester United play City in Premier League Round 12

Premier League actions return this weekend as Ole Gunnar Solskjær's side Manchester United take on Pep Guardiola's Manchester City after shocking Champions League exit.

Manchester United carry some negativity into this match after their Champions League exit, but on four straight wins in the Premier League (PL), they enter the round a point ahead of rivals Manchester City. Furthermore, the 'Red Devils' have won three of the last four competitive H2Hs, netting the opener before HT in all three.

However, the home side on the day have won just three of the last ten competitive H2Hs overall.

At home, United have been a huge disappointment, with a retaken penalty securing a scrappy 1-0 win in the last PL match at Old Trafford for their first league win here this season. They've only scored three goals across five home league matches (W1, D1, L3), two of which were penalties!

Winners in Europe midweek despite some rotation of the side, the 'Sky Blues' have a poor PL away record this season (W2, D2, L1), scoring just 1.2 goals on average across those. However, City have their own H2H bragging rights, winning three of the last four PL H2Hs at Old Trafford (L1), and scoring precisely two goals in all three wins.

Overall, City have picked up some steam with four wins from their last five competitive matches (D1), remarkably keeping a clean sheet in all five and scoring 2.2 goals on average. In the PL, their seven goals across their last two matches is as many as in the seven preceding those.

Players to watch: Seven of Bruno Fernandes' 15 league goals for United have been penalties, and their superstar has five goals across his last six competitive matches. For the opposition, star man Kevin de Bruyne has three assists and a penalty goal from City's last two PL matches.

Hot stat: Both teams have been shown at least two yellow cards across the last five competitive H2Hs, while no half of play across those games featured both teams scoring.

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