Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has explained how his former side can beat Manchester City in the upcoming derby.
The Red Devils travel to the Etihad to battle with the Sky Blues in a potentially title deciding clash.
Pep Guardiola’s men lead the Premier League table by eight points to their rivals and will hope to continue their title challenge by defeating Jose Mourinho‘s side.
United will need a win of their own if they hope to have any chance of winning England’s top division and will be hoping to continue their recent good form.
Most pundits and neutrals believe the fixture will represent football’s most pure versions of attack vs counter attack in the mood of the two manager’s visions and Neville believes the following will help his former side defeat their rivals.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Gary said: “I think set pieces is critical in this game. In City’s last three league games they have defended poorly from set pieces and I think the game could come down to something as simple as that.
“If City defend set pieces well the they have got a great chance of winning but if they don’t then I think they will have big problems.
“United will be aggressive. When a team is better at passing than you and has high levels of skill you have to make sure that you win your duels.
“The principles of the performance will be very simple. Aggressive in terms of making sure they are compact and aggressive in the defending. They’ll counter-attack well and they’ll want to score from set pieces and counter-attacks.”
Manchester United’s height has often been lauded by pundits with Jose Mourinho keen to take full advantage of any of his player’s strengths.
Knowing Mourinho’s method of exploiting each opponent’s weaknesses, he will surely attempt to capitalise on every set piece possible.
The key to the squad’s aggressive counter attacking would be a fast, intense start to the match, a notion that Jose often drills into his sides- score early then sit deep.
United’s defence has often been impregnable despite the lack of stellar names in front of David de Gea‘s reassuring hands.
The small amount of goals conceded so far this season comes down to the manager drilling into his side the art of a solid team shop and a compact defence.