Manchester Derby Preview - Teddy Sheringham Exclusive
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Manchester Derby Preview - Teddy Sheringham Exclusive

Manchester United will need to dictate the play if they want to have any success over local rivals Manchester City on Saturday – that's according to Red Devils' legend Teddy Sheringham. Old Trafford will play host to the 186th Manchester Derby at lunchtime, with the visitors looking for their first league victory at the Theatre of Dreams since April 2019. Pep Guardiola has won just six of his 14 matches against the Red Devils since arriving in North West England, but this record won’t faze him or his side. And former United star Sheringham knows that his old side will have to be at their very best if they want to get three points. Sheringham previews the Manchester Derby exclusively for Genting Casino.


Possession Key For United

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “You have got to find possession against Manchester City, who make it very difficult for you. 

“They get possession and grind you down, so when you do get the ball against Manchester City, you have to keep it for as long as you can and enjoy the ball and get your breath back. 

“If Man City get on top and keep that position, it could be a very long game – a very long afternoon for Man United players. 

“I would say get players in there that can retain possession rather than getting them on

the break, but who knows what’s going to work for Saturday’s game.”

With memories of a 5-0 thrashing against their traditional rivals Liverpool still fresh on their mind, the Red Devils can ill afford another embarrassment at Old Trafford.

Tight Affair Expected

Sheringham, who scored against the Citizens in his only home Manchester Derby appearance, expects this one to be a tighter affair.

“If City had a centre-forward that could finish off all their great plays, I would say that City would come out winners, but they don't have that at the moment,” he explained.

“United are in a good place after their draw against Atalanta and their win at the weekend. 

“I see it being a cagey 0-0 draw, which is neither here nor there for the sensationalists around. 

“There’s no ‘Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) has gotta go’ or ‘Ole’s gotta stay’, I think it’s going to be a weekend for Ole to consolidate, draw with Man City and hopefully come through this little period and then start getting some more wins under his belt. 

“I don’t see it happening like the Liverpool game, let’s put it that way.”

Ronaldo Role

An interesting subplot going into Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off surrounds United’s star man, Cristiano Ronaldo.

If reports in the summer were to be believed, he was hours away from signing up to life in the blue half of Manchester, before the Red Devils swooped in.

But Sheringham, who netted 46 goals in his 153 appearances for United, doesn’t believe the Portuguese legend would have been as deadly in front of goal had he unthinkably joined City. 

“I don’t see Ronaldo as a centre-forward,” he said.

“He scores goals sometimes as a centre-forward and he’s phenomenal in his numbers, but 

he doesn't actually play as that focal point centre-forward, does he? 

“I know his two headed goals for Portugal a few months back, when they needed to score, were unbelievable headers, but he's not that focal point. 

“Not like a (Edinson) Cavani, if Cavani was playing for Manchester City, I would see him scoring a lot of goals this season, because he’s in that area.

“He holds the ball up. His job is to score goals, but Ronaldo’s is a little bit more than that on football pitches.”




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