MCI vs MUN: For Manchester United, it’s a small matter of restoring some pride which was hurt big time by the 4-0 mauling at the hands of Everton. They need a response. The players need to show what it means to pull this shirt on and over their shoulder. The manager needs a win to prove that he can stare in the eyes of one of the best managers in the current era.
For Manchester City, the whole season is at stake here. They need a win, perhaps more than their hosts and noisy neighbors. For even a draw would feel like a chastening defeat as one point won’t be enough to usurp Liverpool from the summit of the Premier League table.
Manchester United vs Manchester City Team News:
Injured – Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia will both miss the home clash against Manchester City.
Key Players – Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
Injured – Kevin de Bruyne may be out for the rest of the season after picking up a hamstring injury in the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
“Unfortunately it was one injury, another one, another one,” Guardiola said. “Muscular problems – he (de Bruyne) had two or three. In England, you don’t have time to make preparations.”
Back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will also miss the game due to the lack of match fitness.
Key Players – Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling
Manchester United vs Manchester City Playing 11
Manchester United– De Gea (GK), Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, McTominay, Pogba, Lingard, Martial, Rashford
Manchester City– Ederson (GK), Walker, Kompany, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, Fernandinho, D Silva, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero