Man City vs Man United Prediction: Man United line-up
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men take a short trip to the Etihad where they would face off against rivals Manchester City on Saturday.
Manchester United will be heading into the game on the back of a narrow 2-1 win against Tottenham, which saw Jose Mourinho return to Old Trafford 11 months after he was sacked from managerial duties at United.
The Red Devils would be hoping to continue their good form against the Premier League champions and move higher up the table.
Meanwhile, City would be looking to crush United and close the gap on league leaders Liverpool.
However, United must win the game if they are to stay within the top six and nothing short of a win would guarantee them. The derby, as usual, would be an interesting fixture when the two sides lock horns against each other on Saturday.
Long-term absentees Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot will not be available any time soon at Solskjaer’s disposal. While Anthony Martial picked up a late injury prior to the game against Tottenham, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic are doubtful to make the trip to the Etihad.
Marcos Rojo seems to be struggling with a muscle injury he picked up while training and is expected to be out for quite some time.
Probable Manchester United XI
David De Gea (GK)
The Spaniard has always been United’s first choice in goal. With just 2 clean sheets in the league so far, De Gea would be hoping to keep City at bay.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB)
The youngster has done more than expected in his first season at Old Trafford. He can be a complete package if he improves in his crosses while the team attacks. He is sure to start against the Sky Blues.
Victor Lindelof (CB)
Lindelof looked to struggle throughout the season, but he was exceptional against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side. He looks to be back at his best and will be an undoubted starter.
Harry Maguire (CB)
The Englishman is yet to show his full potential for the Reds Devils. His partnership with Lindelof would be key against an attacking City team. He would be a sure pick.
Brandon Williams (LB)
Despite his inexperience, the 19-year-old must start ahead of the ageing Ashley Young, who was at fault on many an occasion against Tottenham in midweek. Williams has shown promises of making it to the starting XI whenever required.
The Brazilian looks to be at the top of his form. Though he started the season with some horrible performances, he has bounced back with full of life in his game. Fred was outstanding against Tottenham, bossing the midfield.
Scott McTominay (CM)
He has been the key in United’s midfield after Paul Pogba’s injury. With some clinical performances, he has established him as a first-team material. The Scotsman was excellent against Mourinho’s men and would be an undoubted starter at the Etihad.
Daniel James (RW)
The former Swansea City youngster is full of pace and he can cause problems to City’s shaky backline. He would retain his spot in the right.
Jesse Lingard (AM)
Lingard would look to create the game for United and with better quality in the final third, he would be key to link up with Rashford up front. With Anthony Martial injured, he is expected to start.
Marcus Rashford (LW)
The Englishman was at his best against Tottenham and scored twice to see United cross the line. He would be hoping to continue his fine performance in the Manchester derby on Saturday.
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Mason Greenwood (ST)
The youngster is expected to start just like he did in midweek. With a decent performance in his last outing, Greenwood could retain his spot as the lone striker.