Manchester United vs Manchester City Team News
Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani are the only fitness concerns for the hosts as they both struggle with minor injuries.
Sergio Aguero remains unfit to start despite coming off the bench to score against Marseille in midweek, while Ilkay Gundogan and Eric Garcia will need to be assessed after coming off injured in that clash.
Manchester United: How can United recover from such an ignominious exit from Europe? Four games into the group stage they had won praise for topping the group of death but threw away qualification with defeats to Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, falling 3-0 down to the latter in a display of defensive ineptitude too great for a traditional late fightback by the Red Devils.
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Having looked all but sure of a knockout stage place with two group games to go, the Red Devils will feel slightly shell-shocked after slipping into the Europa League following their collapse in Germany.
In a way, this game represents the perfect opportunity to go some way to putting things right against an opponent they have enjoyed the upper hand over in one-off matches of late.
Right Back – Kyle Walker
If you want an instant understanding of how genuinely incredible England’s right-back options are at the moment, just take a look at the No.2s who’ll play in the Manchester derby – and then remember that Kyle Walker’s in a battle to keep his place in the squad, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s still awaiting his first call-up.
As one of the archetypes of the modern day attacking full-back now seen at all major Premier League clubs except for United, Walker gets the nod for us over the far more old-school Wan-Bissaka, whose lack of offensive flair has reportedly seen United eye up Kieran Trippier.
They should feel even more confident considering Pep Guardiola’s team has not looked particularly impressive on the road in the league recently, suffering six defeats in 15 trips and winning just one of the most recent four – a narrow 1-0 over rock-bottom Sheffield United.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS MANCHESTER CITY With Manchester United so inconsistent, it’s very hard to get a handle on what to expect every time they play. For City it’s been a lot steadier, having hit form after a shaky start. It’s likely they’ll have most of the possession here, which interestingly could suit United. Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side are far more suited to playing on the counter but with City in a far better place just now, I think this will end with a win for the blue half of Manchester.