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Season 2015/16

City v United: Opposition View

  • 20 March 2016 10:47
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Ahead of the 171st Manchester derby, we caught up with one United fan to get his thoughts on the game...

Ahead of the derby we spoke to MUFC fan and Squawka Features Editor Greg Johnson.

You can follow Greg on Twitter @gregianjohnson.

At this point of the campaign, what would constitute a successful season for United?

Champions League qualification for next season although that's looking less likely by the week. It's been quite the fall down from getting to a cup final, making the last eight of the Champions League and pulling together a credible title challenge.

The Club are yet to put in a sustained title challenge in the post-Ferguson era; will United be challenging next season and what needs to change to make that happen?

Probably not for the title but a top four place is a must. Even Jose Mourinho usually needs a season to bed in before he can work his magic proper. United's problems go beyond the manager though.

Who is your most important player?

David De Gea, without a doubt.

What will be the key battle in today’s game?

Our defence and midfield is key but so much depends on what United's attack can offer. If the likes of Martial and Memphis can pull out a performance we might be able to get at City's defence and try to turn some of your weaker individuals at the back who have looked very error prone at times.

If you could place any City player in the United team, who would you choose?

It's usually David Silva or Yaya Toure but a fit Sergio Aguero would do a lot for United getting our attack to click.

If you could place any past United player (in his prime) in the current team, who would you choose?

It's an obvious choice but Roy Keane. We miss someone who can set the right tone on and off the pitch, get a grip of games and ensure standards are maintained. He might not be a popular player among City fans but oh what he'd do to sort out this United team.

Predicted starting XI:

De Gea; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Carrick, Herrera; Memphis, Mata, Lingard; Martial

Score Prediction:

A massively optimistic smash and grab: Manchester City 1-2 Manchester United 

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