Manchester City will entertain Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they look to secure a victory in the Manchester derby. Pep Guardiola’s side managed to pick up a 3-0 win away at Wolverhampton Wanderers before the international break which will keep them in high spirits ahead of this game.
The Mancunian giants will set themselves up in a 4-3-3 formation with Guardiola expected to make one change to his first XI for this clash. Kyle Walker will get a chance to play from the start while John Stones drops to the bench but only if he can pass a late fitness test.
4-3-3 Manchester City Predicted Lineup To Face Manchester United
Ederson will play in goal for Man City after he kept a clean sheet versus Wolves in his last league outing. Ruben Dias will operate alongside Manuel Akanji at the centre of Man City’s backline as they look to stop the opposition from scoring during the 90 minutes.
As mentioned earlier, Kyle Walker will get a chance to impress at right-back while Joao Cancelo hopes to give a good account of himself on the other flank as the left-back. Both of them will get the license to express themselves in the Man United half.
Nathan Ake will be named on the bench as he provides cover for the defensive positions.
Guardiola could opt for a midfield comprised of Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne as they focus on dominating the opposition at the centre of the park.
De Bruyne and Silva will both be responsible for creating a handful of clear-cut chances for Man City to win this game.
Ilkay Gundogan will have to settle for a spot on the bench as he awaits his opportunity to make an impact in the second 45 minutes if needed.
Jack Grealish will try to produce a good display on the left flank while Phil Foden hopes to catch the eye from the right. Erling Haaland will once again spearhead Man City’s attack in the final third. The Norwegian striker is enjoying a brilliant run of form in the Premier League this season and will look to improve on his goal-scoring record by finding the back of the net in the Manchester derby.
Julian Alvarez and Riyad Mahrez will have to be content with a place on Guardiola’s bench but might come on to make an impact in the latter stages if required.