Man United warned about crunch Man City clash on 10 December

Tony Cottee talks up the significance of Manchester United's showdown with Manchester City next month

jose mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Tony Cottee has talked up the significance of Manchester United’s crunch showdown with Manchester City in the Premier League on 10 December.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side have been setting the pace in the Premier League and have been earning plenty of praise for their sparkling attacking performances.

The Citizens are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table and have only dropped points on one occasion so far this season.

Manchester United lost further ground on the Citizens when they slumped to a disappointing 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Jose Mourinho’s men will now look to try and keep themselves in contention for the title in the coming weeks and months, before their crunch clash with Manchester City at Old Trafford on 10 December.

And Cottee has talked up the significance of that clash as the Premier League title race begins to take shape.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Tuesday morning, Cottee said: “December 10 is a key date. December 10, the big game, the Manchester derby.

“I think that will tell us everything we need to know about City.”

Manchester United are aiming to challenge for the Premier League title this season after finishing in sixth place under Mourinho last term.

The Red Devils have not won the title since their famous final triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013.

MORE: Latest Manchester United news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Bruno Fernandes
Dimitar Berbatov admits he was 'wrong' about Man United star Bruno Fernandes
Juan Mata
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Juan Mata's Man United contract situation is 'very difficult'
Gary Lineker
‘Gorgeous’: Gary Lineker sends message to Man United star during 2-1 win at Fulham
Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta sends message to Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher reacts to Liverpool FC’s 1-0 loss to Burnley
Bruno Fernandes
Dimitar Berbatov admits he was 'wrong' about Man United star Bruno Fernandes
Juan Mata
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Juan Mata's Man United contract situation is 'very difficult'
Gary Lineker
‘Gorgeous’: Gary Lineker sends message to Man United star during 2-1 win at Fulham
Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta sends message to Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles
Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher reacts to Liverpool FC’s 1-0 loss to Burnley
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature