Remember when Tyrion Lannister made mention of Winterfell’s former enemies now defending the castle in Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2?

Well, it appears Manchester United has been caught up in that mix with the Manchester derby set to go down tonight.

Win, lose or draw – whatever the result will be, two of the Red Devils sworn rivals will stand to benefit from it.

If United win, they shoot City’s title charge in the achilles tendon and hand Liverpool the baton to win the Premier League crown. That same scenario will play out if the game ends in a draw.

Should Pep Guardiola’s City defeat United in their own backyard, then United may have well given their fierce city rivals the go-ahead to win another league title.

Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson six years ago, United have failed to secure the league title despite successes in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League. Tonight’s game represents the fall in ambition the club has seen as they continue to rebuild the club.

We can’t lose focus on the fact that United’s top four hope is also hinged on this big derby. Thanks to Arsenal and Chelsea dropping points to Crytal Palace and Burnley respectively, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men can still dream of playing in the Champions league next season.

That only spells one thing, the United players have to go all out and give their all – not for Liverpool or Manchester City – but the fans they disappointed in their loss to Everton and the glory of listening

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