Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Premier League Football - 27 April 2017

Premier League Football - 27 April 2017

United produced a defensively solid display to keep City at bay at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, their efforts doubled after Marouane Fellaini was shown a straight red card for headbutting Sergio Aguero in the 84th minute.

In three matches between City and United this season - two in the league and the other in the League Cup - Mourinho and Guardiola have earned one win each and drawn the other.

Rooney, whose chances this season have also been limited by an ankle problem, said when asked about speculation over his future: "I think I answered that question in February".

"They wouldn't be challenging for the top four without him".

Having failed to produce a serious title challenge, City are fourth with United just a point behind them in a tight battle.

"Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "[Jose Mourinho and I] are neighbours.

"It felt like Mourinho was the one who really wanted me". I played Tim Fosu-Mensah in that extreme situation.

There was far more than just bragging rights at stake this evening, both sides are right in the midst of the fight for Champions League qualification. "I think it's between us, Arsenal, and Liverpool".

Manchester United will make the short trip down the road to face Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday.

Between now and City's final game of the season they will dominate possession in most, if not all, games but lacking that killer instinct has been their main problem.

Ander Herrera - joined in midfield by Michael Carrick due to Paul Pogba's injury-enforced absence - spurned United's best opportunity of the match when he evaded his marker to meet a free-kick at the back post but somehow failed to steer his header on target. "Game by game, we'll try to win the points and ensure Champions League next season".

Ibrahimovic, who has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season, suffered a serious knee injury last week and is expected to be out of action for the rest of the year. Aguero went on to have seven more attempts at goal during the game, but was unable to find the back of the net with any of them.

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