- Dominate the Midfield
Manchester City tend to control and win games from their midfield, with the trio of Yaya Toure, David Silva and Fernandinho running the show for City.
Manchester United would look to bring in battler Marouane Fellaini to support the energetic Morgan Schneiderlin and Herrera to neutralise the City midfield threat.
- Restore Mata to the starting line up
Juan Mata was missing in action for the Red devils in their champions league match against CSKA Moscow, it is obvious he was been rested for this mammoth tussle with the blue half of Manchester. Mata’s goals and assist won him the Manchester United player of the month of September and would be needed to work his magic once again.
- Total concentration from the backline
With manchester city scoring goals for fun in the Premiership this season and even in the wake of star striker Sergio Aguero being sidelined for up to a month, the Citizens still put 5 goals past Bournemouth at the week end with Raheem Sterlin scoring an hatrick and Wilfred Boney bagging a brace.
United defence will have to be at their utmost best and not allow the City attackers extra second on the ball.
- Take the game to City
United in recent derby matches tend to show too much respect to the citizens, maybe the memory of their destructive performance against City where they were beaten 6-1 at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign is still playing in their mind. But with last season’s 4-2 win at Old Trafford, the red devils should be confident enough to take the game to City and seize the initiative after all they are playing in front of their fans.
- United should Keep their temper in check
The result of last season fixture at the Etihad stadium would have been different if not for the indiscipline shown by Chris Smalling. The defender was sent off in the first half, leaving United to play with one man less for much of the game before succumbing to a Sergio Aguero solitary strike. Its difficult enough playing with 11 players against one of your fiercest rivals let alone going one man down.