Last night’s Champions League win over Russian club CSKA Moscow meant Manchester United qualified as top of Group A with 15 points after 5 wins and a loss but the victory was also significant as it sees united equal their best home unbeaten run in all competitions.
Man United has now gone 40 consecutive matches at Old Trafford without defeat since they were beaten by city rivals Man city 2-1 last year. Since then, the Red Devils has become a formidable force at home, surpassing Sir Alex Ferguson’s 37-game record when they defeated Newcastle United 4-1 in November.
The victory against CSKA was courtesy two quick goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford after the Russians had taken a surprise lead just before the break.
This adds another subplot to the already intriguing Manchester derby as United would have to avoid defeat against City to set the new record.
Man city on their part will be looking to break a Premier League record when they visit Old Trafford, after equaling the record for most consecutive premier league victories in a single season (13) with their victory over West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium.
Man United’s unbeaten run at home is still very much short of the personal best of their current manager, Jose Mourinho, whose Chelsea side embarked on a remarkable 60 games unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge.