Manchester City host their rivals at the Etihad this evening – but who will come out on top?
We simmed a match on Legendary difficulty to see how Manchester United fared against Pep Guardiola’s men.
Can Jose Mourinho bag the win – despite being without key man Zlatan Ibrahimovic?
Here’s what happened.
1min: City kick off and already David Silva is pulling the strings. They’ve obviously been told to keep the ball away from United, and aren’t afraid of slowing things down
6: Raheem Sterling is looking lively down the flanks – worryingly United still haven’t touched the ball. Mourinho’s not best pleased
9: First real chance comes for City. Sterling goes on a mazy run and picks out Sergio Aguero with a neat cross – but it’s cleared away by Daley Blind
10: Ergh, horrible mistake by Eric Bailly who loses the ball close to the edge of the box. It’s picked up by Silva who shoots – but it sails well wide of David de Gea’s goal. Pep knows a chance has been missed there
12: Finally Marcus Rashford goes on a run. He spots Blind, who’s done well to create an overlap. Cross comes in, but no one’s home
17: Another United attack, this time led by Anthony Martial. He feeds Rashford who hoofs it into the stands. Mourinho’s so angry he begins glitching on the touchline
26: **GOAL!** Sterling skips past a few defenders and picks out Kevin De Bruyne with a lovely lofted pass. The Belgian hammers it past De Gea – who had literally no chance of saving it. First blood City
34: Sterling on the rampage again. He feeds Aguero who finds space, but knocks it just wide. United are on the back foot
45: Anthony Martial needs to get in the game more – him and Rashford look the most dangerous with the ball. Ref blows for half time – I’m surprised it’s not 2-0.
47: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who’s been unusually quiet, feeds Martial who tries to get the ball to Rashford. Willy Caballero reads the danger well
64: De Bruyne charges into the box and is taken down by Blind. The Belgian’s calling for a penalty, but the ref says plays on
68: Mkhitaryan finds space on the edge of the box but shoots well over the bar. Chance missed
78: Yaya Touré breaks through and surges up from midfield – but he’s shut down by De Gea – who pulls off a fantastic one-on-one save
84: United have been utterly outplayed and outsmarted here – with Aguero again finding it too easy to break through. He feeds De Bruyne who glitches and misses the ball – this is FIFA after all
90: That’s it, folks – City have dominated here. I swear there had been more shots than the stats suggest. Sterling is the man of the match for that first-half performance alone – he was pure fire
So, there you have it.
According to FIFA 17, City will win 1-0 – with De Bruyne the goalscorer.
Mourinho, you have been warned.