Saturday 25 May 2019

Thunder, lightning and torrential rain hit Old Trafford ahead of season-defining Manchester derby

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - April 24, 2019 Fans outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - April 24, 2019 Fans outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Phil Noble
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It is far from ideal conditions in Manchester this evening as wind, rain, thunder and lightning hit Old Trafford ahead of the crucial Premier League derby clash.

Manchester United host Man City in a game that has massive implications for both the title race and the top four battle. The home side need a victory to get back on track after suffering a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last weekend. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under pressure in recent weeks after slipping to six defeats in his last eight games, and another loss tonight could mean the Red Devils miss out on Champions League football next season.

For Man City, they need to win their game in hand against their biggest rivals to return to the top of the Premier League. Liverpool currently lead Pep Guardiola's men by two points, but have played one game more.

One thing both sides wouldn't have anticipated is the terrible weather that has hit Manchester this evening. Just two days removed from the hottest Easter Monday in the UK on record, Manchester has been hit with torrential rain, thunder and lightning. It remains to be seen if it clears up by 8pm, when the game kicks off.

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Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester United v Manchester City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - April 24, 2019 General view inside the stadium before the match Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

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