Manchester City vs Manchester United – the derby clash that football aficionados across the globe will be eager to spectate. The Etihad is bound to witness goals, considering City’s goal tally in just the last two games has gone well over the double figures.
As for United, the newly reinstated comeback kings will be hoping that they won’t have to go down first against the Sky Blues, for once the reigning champions start scoring, they are relentless.
A victory for Mourinho will ensure that they’ll be back in the running for the top 4 spots, while Guardiola’s men grabbing the three points or even a draw will cement their spot as undefeated.
Here’s how the two sides are most likely to lineup.
Mourinho did give the hopeful update that Romelu Lukaku will be fit enough to play a part in the derby, although it seems likely that the Belgian’s role will come as an impact substitution.
Their past week’s antics are bound to secure Herrera and Mata a start against City. Martial will be looking to continue his brilliant goal-scoring form, while Rashford may have to be content with being subbed on yet again.
All in all, if Mourinho chooses a defensive approach, the holding role of Matic will be key, a worrying prospect given the Serb’s recent woes.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw
Midfielders: Herrera, Matic, Pogba
Forwards: Mata, Sanchez, Martial
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Guardiola’s side will be without their key talisman Kevin De Bruyne, who is still out with injury, joined by long-term absentee Bravo. Meanwhile, Gundogan is back in the running for a starting spot. Having been given fresh terms, Raheem Sterling will be keen on wreaking havoc as well.
Their standing will be in some danger, but their insistence at powering through against teams will be tested on Sunday. With 12 goals in their last 2 games, confidence will certainly be quite high.
At the same time, if the Red Devils emerge victorious, they will have defeated two strong UCL contenders in two consecutive games.
Defenders: Walker, Stones, Laporte, Mendy
Midfielders: Bernardo, Fernandinho, Silva
Forwards: Sterling, Aguero, Sane