The neighbouring rivals will go head-to-head in the latest Manchester derby on Wednesday night, in a game which presents jeopardy for both sides.
A win for United would keep their top-four hopes alive, while City are looking to claim their 11th league win in a row to maintain their title challenge.
But Red Devils fans are facing an additional dilemma ahead of the clash, as beating City at Old Trafford could well hand the Premier League crown to old foes Liverpool.
For Goater, though, that outcome is unlikely.
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The former City striker, who famously robbed Gary Neville of possession in 2002 before scoring a derby goal, says teams no longer fear going to United as they used to under Sir Alex Ferguson, and he is confident Pep Guardiola’s men will be the dominant side at the Theatre of Dreams.
The stats support his view: Manchester City have lost just once in past seven visits to their biggest rivals.