Manchester United could be handed a boost ahead of the highly anticipated Manchester derby on September 10th as Sergio Aguero could be ruled out of the clash after seemingly appearing to elbow West Ham defender Winston Reid.
The 28-year-old looked to have thrown an elbow out towards the hammers defender in the 78th minute but was unpunished by referee Andre Marriner during the game.
The Argentinian has yet to be officially handed a punishment for his elbow on Reid by the FA but he could yet face a possible three game ban if found guilty of the incident.
Should Sergio Aguero be handed a ban it would come as fantastic news to Manchester United who face their local rivals after the international break. Aguero is undoubtedly City’s main threat going forward and without their talisman they are simply not the same side.
In the Argentine, Man City have one of if not the finest strikers in world football and not having him at their disposal when they make that trip to Old Trafford on September 10th would be a devastating blow to the club.
Jose Mourinho will be fully aware of just how important Aguero is to Manchester City and should he be handed a suspension it will no doubt give the red devils an early physiological advantage before the game has even kicked off.
New club signing Eric Bailly has been a revelation so far and he will have no fears about coming up against Aguero’s likely replacement Kelechi Iheanacho. The youngster is undoubtedly a talented forward for the blues, but he does not carry with him that same fear factor which Aguero does.
With the Portuguese likely to hand Henrikh Mkhitaryan a first team start along with youngster Marcus Rashford, United’s potential attacking line-up against City is a mouth-watering prospect. Going forward Mourinho has a bundle of options to choose from and with Aguero likely to be out of the picture he will know City will approach the game in a more defensive manner putting more men behind the ball.
Choosing to play the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford in the starting eleven could prove to be the right combination to unlock city’s defence on the day. The likelihood of City setting up more defensively without Aguero will leave little space on the pitch going forward but in Mkhitaryan we have that player who can find that decisive pass in the tightest of spaces. His inclusion in the starting eleven could prove deceive in how the result pans out.
With Aguero out United will have the early advantage and Mourinho will know that all too well.