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Biting Back: Manchester United in good form going into big derby

By Steven Beacom

Big sporting weekend ahead... there’s Rory at the Masters and AP at Aintree hoping to go out in Grand style.

And just in case you have forgotten, there’s a Manchester derby as well.

Unless Chelsea do a Devon Loch, which is about as likely as another McIlroy meltdown at Augusta if he is leading going into this year’s final round, United’s home game with City on Sunday won’t have a bearing on the Premier League title race.

That won’t dilute the passion at Old Trafford though. They could be fighting for third place or 13th. When red faces blue it always matters.

And for United there are scores to settle, having lost their last four league matches to City. Note: United have NEVER lost five in a row to any club. What an incentive for the visitors.

Mind you, they’ll have to improve because in their last handful of league games they have lost three of them and if defeated on Sunday, under-fire Manuel Pellegrini will become the first City boss to lose four successive Premier League away matches since Stuart Pearce in 2006.

In contrast, United’s Louis van Gaal is finally enjoying himself and going for his sixth league win in a row.

Form suggests United, but if City’s misfiring big guns start earning their wages — Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero I’m talking about you — blue will triumph in the derby once again.

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