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Manchester City vs Manchester United LIVE: Paul Pogba inspires stunning turnaround to deny hosts

Re-live all the action from the Etihad

Liam Corless
Saturday 07 April 2018 17:46
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Pep Guardiola: Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were offered to me

Manchester City have the chance to wrap up the Premier League title earlier than any top-flight champion before them, with the added bonus of doing so against their fierce rivals Manchester United.

Pep Guardiola’s side will guarantee their second trophy of the season if they beat United, having already secured the EFL Cup in February, but will hope that they do not suffer a repeat performance of the 3-0 hammering they suffered at the hands of Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Sergio Aguero returns to the bench, with Guardiola rotating his side slightly with one eye on the Champions League quarter-final second leg next Tuesday, while United manager Jose Mourinho is able to select from a squad that is nearly at full fitness with only Sergio Romero and Daley Blind unlikely to feature.

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What time does it start?

Manchester City vs Manchester United kicks off at 17:30 on Saturday 7 April.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 17:00.

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Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Manchester derby, where City can win the Premier League title against fierce rivals United in front of their own fans.

With the match set to kick-off at 17:30 BST, we'll bring you full coverage once the afternoon games are over and done with, and team news will be released an hour before the match gets underway.

Follow all the latest news here.

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Less than half an hour to go now until kick-off at the Etihad! Will City get the win they need to clinch the title today or will their bitter rivals delay their coronation?

Stay tuned to find out!

Liam Corless7 April 2018 17:04
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Pre-match comments from Pep Guardiola

The City boss has explained his decision to field a weakened side against United:

"I think every manager has this problem in every game. Whatever you do, if it works you are a genius, if it doesn't you're not.

"The fans want to win the league today but we have Liverpool next Tuesday."

Liam Corless7 April 2018 17:10
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Man City vs Man United at the Etihad - last five meetings

  • Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United, April 2017
  • Manchester City 0-1 Manchester United, March 2016
  • Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United, November 2014
  • Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United, September 2013
  • Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United, December 2013
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Pre-match words from Jose Mourinho

On the task in hand today:

"We know it is going to be difficult but if today we get three points or one point, it will be important for us. 

"Our approach is always the same. When the opponent has the ball we have to try not to concede and we have to try to defend as a unit, with discipline. We cannot forget the great qualities the opponent has.

"When we have the ball we have to be aggressive."

On Pep Guardiola's claim that he was offered Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January: 

"Guardiola says that, the agent denies it. One of them is telling the truth, one of them isn't. I'm not interested."

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The players are in the tunnel at the Etihad and kick-off is just moments away!

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1' - The referee gets the game underway!

Liam Corless7 April 2018 17:30
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4' - Slow start here but, of course, it's very early stages.

City pressing United high but the visitors have held their own so far and look comfortable in possession.

Liam Corless7 April 2018 17:34

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