Manchester United and Manchester City were both successful in their FA Cup fifth round ties during the week ahead of Sunday’s derby in the Premier League.
The Citizens were 1-0 winners away to Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night, in which Pep Guardiola named a strong starting XI against the Championship outfit.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer only named a handful of players I am expecting to feature this weekend as we ran out comfortable 3-0 winners away to Derby County.
Here is the team I think will face City:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Sergio Romero pulled off some fine saves midweek but I cannot see anyone other than David de Gea lining up between the posts for us against City.
Defence: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw
Aaron Wan-Bissaka got a breather on Thursday night whilst Eric Bailly is certainly playing himself back in contention following a lengthy lay-off. Ole is confident that Harry Maguire will be fit in time after suffering an ankle issue to miss the FA Cup tie. I expect the England international will be partnering Lindelof for this one. Luke Shaw is coming off the back of a man of the match performance against Derby.
Midfield: Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Fred; Bruno Fernandes
Ole went with this midfield trio against Everton and I think we’ll see them starting together again. They’re all in fine form too. Nemanja Matic is the anchor man to try tame Kevin De Bruyne, whilst Scott McTominay and Fred are both more comfortable in possession as well as offering further protection to our back four. Bruno Fernandes has been excellent in every game so far since arriving from Sporting Club of Portugal at the end of January. I am excited to see him play against this weak Manchester City defence.
Attack: Anthony Martial, Odion Ighalo
I think Odion Ighalo’s recent performances have played him into the starting lineup this weekend. He’s picking up great positions in the penalty area and is starting to get goals to his name. On top of that he’s holding up the ball well to bring teammates into play. Anthony Martial started last weekend so he’ll be fit to start this one. Hopefully he can be more threatening than he was versus Everton.
Here is our team on paper: