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Hello and welcome to the #RioChallenge Live Blog brought to you by Strongbow, where Manchester City will be looking to continue their strong form in the Premier League with a win against their fierce rivals Manchester United.
However Man United will be in a confident mood ahead of the derby, coming off a 2-0 win over West Ham during the weekend as well as making it to the Champions League last-eight with a Robin van Persie inspired 3-0 win over Olympiakos.
The Dutchman however is still out with injury, meaning Wayne Rooney will continue leading the line after his brace against the Hammers. The Red Devil’s issue will be at defence, with Chris Smalling injured and Rio Ferdinand a doubt, while Nemanja Vidic is still suspended after his red card against Liverpool.
Michael Carrick deputized as center-back against the Hammers and could continue there again with Darren Fletcher back to full fitness to partner Marouane Fellaini in midfield.
Manchester City on the other hand grabbed a convincing 5-0 win over Fulham at the weekend and will be confident heading to Old Trafford this evening.
City also welcome back captain Vincent Kompany, who missed the Fulham game with suspension for his red card against Hull City. Manuel Pellegrini changed his usual 4-4-2 formation to play a 4-2-3-1 against Fulham and could use the same system at Old Trafford, with Negredo flanked by David Silva and James Milner while Samir Nasri plays behind the Spaniard.
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