Manchester United will lock horns with Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, hoping to pick up all three points on their home turf. The Red Devils will be coming into the match on the back of a 2-2 draw with Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League, whereas Pep Guardiola’s men recorded an emphatic 4-1 win against Club Brugge on Wednesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably opt for the 3-4-1-2 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game. Fred might get the nod over Paul Pogba in midfield, whereas Edinson Cavani looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.
3-4-1-2 Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Manchester City
David de Gea is expected to start in between the sticks for the upcoming clash. The Spanish shot-stopper would be looking to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Saturday.
Raphael Varane, who picked up an unfortunate hamstring injury against Atalanta in midweek, seems set for a month-long spell on the sidelines.
As a result, Harry Maguire is expected to start at the heart of United’s backline, with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof slotting into the left and right-centre back positions.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a guaranteed starter at the right wing-back position, whereas Luke Shaw will fill in on the other flank as the left wing-back. The English duo would be expected to stay compact and keep their shape defensively.
Fred is expected to start in the defensive midfield position, whereas Scott McTominay will slot in as the central midfielder.
Donny van de Beek will have to settle for a place on the bench, but he could be brought on in the second half of the contest if needed.
Bruno Fernandes remains a sure-fire starter for Manchester United this week, and it’ll be an understatement to say The Red Devils will be highly dependent on the Portugal international’s creative work if they wish to pick up a win on Tuesday.
Following the midweek heroics against Gian Piero Gasperini’s team, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lead the line for Manchester United in midweek. The 36-year-old striker’s adept movement in front of the goal could cause a lot of trouble for the City defence that has conceded three goals in their last two league matches.
Edinson Cavani will partner the Portugal international up top.
Jadon Sancho could be brought off the bench as an impact substitute in the second forty-five minutes of the match.