Manchester United have managed to regroup under Jose Mourinho over the past month or so to indicate that the dressing room is firmly behind their manager.
The Red Devils came from 1-0 down to secure a 2-1 win at Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night to continue to build momentum under Mourinho.
Juan Mata’s brilliant free-kick cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener before Alex Sandro inadvertently scored an added-time own goal to secure a win for the visitors.
Manchester United have won three of their last four Premier League games, coming from behind to beat Newcastle United and Bournemouth.
The Red Devils reversed a 1-0 deficit at Stamford Bridge thanks to Anthony Martial’s two goals before Ross Barkley denied Manchester United a huge win to rescue a 2-2 draw for Chelsea FC.
Paul Pogba produced an inspirational performance on their last trip to The Etihad as the World Cup winner’s two goals cancelled out Manchester City’s 2-0 half-time lead before Chris Smalling netted the winner.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes Manchester United will earn a point at Manchester City at The Etihad on Sunday evening.
“The way Jose Mourinho’s side have been fighting back in games recently is like the United of old. Even if you have got a lead against them, you know they are going to come back,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“City’s fans might turn up at Etihad Stadium thinking they have done Southampton and Shakhtar for six, and now they will take United – but football is rarely that simple.
“On a similar note, United fans might be optimistic because of their win at the Etihad towards the end of last season, but I don’t see that happening again.
“I don’t see City winning either, though. I usually always fancy them so much to win at home, but with United being so resilient, I am going to go for a draw.”
Manchester City were 6-0 winners against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday night to warm up for the derby clash.
The Red Devils are looking to win back-to-back games at The Etihad for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager.
Pep Guardiola’s men have responded in emphatic style since their 3-2 loss to Manchester United in their last derby meeting in the 2017-18 season.
Indeed, the Citizens have secured 25 points from a possible 27 in front of their home supporters in the Premier League.
Guardiola has won nine of 21 games against Jose Mourinho in all competitions.
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