Manchester United will lock horns with Manchester City for the third time this season for what promises to be an absolute belter of a derby as both the teams will be looking to pick up a positive result on Sunday.
Coming off the back of three consecutive 0-0 draws, this might well turn out to be a make-or-break match for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. On the other hand, Pep Guardiola would be hoping to add to his 21-game-winning streak against the Red Devils.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably opt for the 4-2-3-1 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game. Victor Lindelof might get the nod over Eric Bailly, whereas Scott McTominay looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven. Let’s take a look at how things are shaping up for the away side ahead of the 185th Manchester Derby.
4-2-3-1 Predicted Manchester United Line-up To Face Manchester City
Dean Henderson is expected to continue in goal with the customary Maguire – Lindelof centre back pairing at the heart of United’s defence.
David de Gea missed out on the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace due to personal reasons, and it’s a tough task to know if he’s going to be back in time for the weekend clash as very little of this situation has been made public.
Luke Shaw and Wan-Bissaka should retain their respective full-back positions in the conventional back-four system, looking to add to their streak of impressive performances.
Scott McTominay is likely to feature against the Citizens and form a double pivot alongside Fred, thus shielding the entire backline.
Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford remain sure-fire starters for United this week, and it’ll be an understatement to say The Red Devils will be highly dependent on the former’s creative work if they want to stand a chance against the noisy neighbours.
Young Mason Greenwood looks likely to start the game over on the right flank, looking for opportunities to stretch the attack using his pace and directness whenever possible.
Daniel James will have to settle for a place on the bench but might be called upon in the latter stages of the game if needed.
Veteran striker Edinson Cavani will lead Manchester United’s attack up top on Sunday. The Uruguayan’s adept movement in front of the goal can be utilized as an asset against Guardiola’s side.
Anthony Martial remains a concern ahead of the derby game.
“Anthony got a knock on Monday on his knee, so he’s not ready for this game. Hopefully, he [Anthony] will be okay for the weekend, but we’re not sure yet.” – The Norwegian coach revealed.