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There aren’t many fixtures in the soccer world with the same hype and anticipation as the Manchester Derby. For years, it has produced some of the best moments in Premier League history. Today, on the newest edition of the Manchester Derby, Manchester United will face their local rivals at Old Trafford. Despite United’s dominance in the early days, Manchester City has had the upper hand in this crucial game. Now, as City are the favorites to win this exhilarating game, a Premier League legend also believes that the Sky Blues will take away the three points from Old Trafford.

The Red Devils will be hoping to get a positive result and win only their second game in the last six fixtures over their arch-rivals.  However, the Liverpool legend has the claim that the Red Devils won’t be able to get a result against Manchester City. He believes that the title holders will easily dominate the match and that there will be “only one outcome” to the game. Let’s delve deeper into this matter.

Former Premier League player believes that Manchester City will defeat United in the Manchester Derby


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Former Liverpool legend Steve Nicol believes that Manchester City will outclass their rivals in the Manchester Derby. In a pre-match preview on an ESPN show, the Scottish international said, “Other than blind faith, and gut instinct and the fact that it is a derby, There is nothing that points towards a Manchester United victory. Every which way you look at this game there really should be only one outcome and that’s City victory. You can’t rationalize this game and come up with a reason why Manchester United are going to win it.”


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Despite Nicol’s prediction, United will be keen to get a result against their rivals. With the game being played at Old Trafford, the Red Devils will try to get a positive result against the league champions. But with Erling Haaland on the City side, it will be a tough night for the United defense. Haaland has been in staggering form ever since he moved from Borussia Dortmund. He is one of the potential candidates to win the Ballon d’Or this season. Let’s take a closer look at this matter.

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Will Erling Haaland win the Ballon d’Or this year?

Erling Haaland’s debut season with Manchester City was a joke! The Norwegian prodigy won the treble with the Sky Blues last season. He was the top scorer in the Premier League and the Champions League last season. He was involved in more than 60 goals last campaign. The city striker broke tons of records. He broke the record for the most goals in a Premier League season.


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Despite his excellent stats, Lionel Messi is the most likely to win the Ballon d’Or this season. His World Cup success with Argentina, leading them to their first title since 1986, might be the reason why he will win the award. Even Kylian Mbappe is one of the candidates after showing his class in the World Cup and finishing as the top scorer in the tournament.

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Will Erling Haaland win his first Ballon d’Or this season?


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Mohd Rumman Chak


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Rumman is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. His deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game has been cultivated over 13 years of avidly following and playing soccer at the National level, not once, but twice. Engaging in sports debates and quizzes since his school days enriched his knowledge of the sport, and the virtual realm of FIFA video games helped him to develop valuable insights into the dynamics of soccer, all of which now lay a solid foundation for his role as a contemporary soccer writer.
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