Manchester United are looking to complete the double in the derby when we welcome City to Old Trafford on Sunday.
Both sides head into the game off the back of midweek FA Cup successes against Championship sides – Manchester City beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at Hillsborough on Wednesday, before we thrashed Derby County 3-0 at Pride Park 24 hours later.
We head into the weekend three points outside the top four with 10 games to play whilst Pep Guardiola’s side have little to play for other than delaying Liverpool’s title celebrations.
Here is the Manchester City team I can see starting on Sunday:
The Brazilian is one of the best in the Premier League and could be in for a busy afternoon given the form of Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes in particular of late.
Defence: Kyle Walker, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi, Benjamin Mendy
Manchester City’s arrogance not to replace Vincent Kompany over the summer ultimately saw them fail to defend their Premier League title this season. They’ve been hit by another injury to Aymeric Laporte again meaning Fernandinho will likely slot in at centre-back alongside Nicolas Otamendi because Guardiola clearly has no faith in John Stones anymore, and with good reason. We can get at Benjamin Mendy at left-back because he doesn’t like to defend, whilst Kyle Walker on the other flank isn’t very good at it.
Midfield: Rodri, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne
Rodri is the anchor man in City’s midfield whilst David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne will be looking to carve open our defence. The latter is a slight doubt with a shoulder injury. If the Belgian does start then Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred will have a busy game in the middle of the park, assuming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sticks with the trio.
Attack: Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling
Sergio Aguero loves scoring against us so I cannot see why the City boss would go with Gabriel Jesus to start this game. Raheem Sterling is having an unproductive campaign by his standards but Aaron Wan-Bissaka will still need to be alert for 90 minutes at right-back. Riyad Mahrez is somewhat underrated down the right wing for the Citizens – the Algerian loves to cut in from the right on his stronger left foot and fire numerous shots per game.
Here is how I think Manchester City will start: