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Dietmar Hamann: 'Manchester United have massive task on Sunday'

Hamann: 'United have massive task'
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Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann claims that Manchester United will have to play "a near-perfect game" in order to emerge victorious on Sunday.

Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has claimed that Manchester United will have to play "a near-perfect game" in order to emerge victorious from Sunday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

United will enter the key match eight points behind their rivals at the top of the Premier League table.

The Red Devils will also be without star midfielder Paul Pogba, but Jose Mourinho's side have won all seven of their home Premier League matches this season - conceding just once.

Hamann, who represented City between 2006 and 2009, has also picked out Kevin De Bruyne as a serious threat to the home side this weekend.

"You have to defend well, you have to take your chances and you must not give them any easy opportunities," Hamann told Sky Sports News.

"I think you have to cut out mistakes, if one team at the moment can beat them I would be looking at Manchester United because in these big games they are usually very stubborn and very hard to break down. They got a great result at Arsenal, where they had probably been outplayed for most of the game and came away with a result.

"You can't give [Kevin] De Bruyne any space, he is the heartbeat of everything good Manchester City is doing. Obviously Pogba is a big loss, but you need to play a near-perfect game, take your chances and they have a good goalkeeper so they should be OK."

City were the last team to beat United at Old Trafford, with the Citizens winning the reverse match 2-1 last season.

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1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
9Watford84131112-113
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11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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