Antonio Conte states his prediction for Man United v Man City

Antonio Conte looks ahead to Manchester United's clash with Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screengrab

Antonio Conte does not expect to see Manchester City lose to Manchester United in Sunday’s crunch derby clash at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are preparing to welcome their bitter local rivals to their home ground as Jose Mourinho’s men look to try and keep themselves in the race for the Premier League title.

Manchester United have already found themselves eight points behind Pep Guardiola’s pace setters and defeat for Mourinho’s side would leave them 11 points behind the leaders.

However, a victory for the Red Devils would leave them only five points behind the leaders heading into the hectic festive period in the Premier League.

Manchester City are preparing for the game on the back of their Champions League defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek.

And Chelsea boss Conte admits that he thinks it’s unlikely that Manchester City will lose two games in a row.

Speaking at his news conference at Cobham on Friday, Conte said: “It’s very difficult to see two defeats in a row for a great team, it’s very difficult.

“Usually, it’s very difficult to see two defeats in a great team from my experience, but at the same time, Manchester United can beat Manchester City.

“It was better if Manchester City didn’t lose the game against Shakhtar for these stats.”

Manchester United are aiming to win the Premier League title this season after having finished sixth under Mourinho last term.

The Red Devils have not lifted the top flight trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge in the 2012-13 season.

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