- Brazilian football icon Rivaldo has backed Man City to end Man United's unbeaten streak when the two teams lock horns on Sunday
- Both teams are enjoying a fine run of form, with City yet to suffer defeat in seven of their Premier League outings
- Rivaldo further backed Erling Haaland to give the Red Devils' defence a headache after his hot start to life in the English top-flight
Brazil football legend Rivaldo has made his prediction for the first Manchester derby of the new season set for Sunday, October 2.
Manchester City are scheduled to host rivals Man United at the Etihad Stadium for the mouthwatering clash.
The encounter comes at a time the two English giants are enjoying a fine run of form, with United on a four-game unbeaten streak.
City, meanwhile, are yet to suffer defeat this term, with the Pep-Guardiola tutored side managing 17 points from seven of their last outings.
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Rivaldo backs Man City to see off Man United at Etihad Stadium
Despite United's encouraging form, Rivaldo contends Man City will get the better of the Red Devils when the two teams lock horns over the weekend.
According to the Brazilian football icon, the Citizens are the favourites going into the derby on Sunday.
The ex-footie star further backed Erling Haaland to cause problems for Man United's defence.
The Norwegian has enjoyed a hot start to life in the Premier League, having already scored 11 EPL goals for City.
"Manchester City will host Manchester United this Sunday in a derby that has seen the dominate side change in recent years, with Pep Guardiola's side again coming into this one as the clear favorites," Rivaldo wrote in his Betfair column.
"The Citizens are much more in tune with their style of play while the Red Devils - with new manager Erik ten Hag - are still looking for their best and most effective system, so I see a Manchester City win here with the in-form Erling Haaland giving the visitors' defence a lot of headaches," he added.
Rashford in line to feature in the Manchester derby
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Marcus Rashford is facing a race against time to regain his fitness ahead of Man United's clash with Man City
The forward has been out injured after he picked a hamstring problem during United's Premier League clash against Arsenal
The injury came at a time Rashford had appeared to rediscover his form, having already scored three goals in the English topflight
Source: Sports Brief News