Manchester United will be looking to do the derby double this season when we welcome Manchester City to Old Trafford on Sunday.
We were 2-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium back in December with goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Victory this weekend would keep us well in the hunt for a top four finish as we are currently three points behind Chelsea, who host Everton a couple of hours before we kick off.
Both Manchester clubs were in FA Cup action midweek – City winning 1-0 away to Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday before we thrashed Derby County 3-0 at Pride Park 24 hours later.
Our victory came without Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James due to injuries. It is hoped that Maguire will be fit to face Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday. Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday evening before the weekend’s derby, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this morning given a team news and injury update. The boss is hopeful of our captain’s return, telling MUTV:
“Well, he’s touch and go because he rolled his ankle but, hopefully, he’ll recover quickly.
“I wasn’t going to rest him today, I didn’t give him a day off birthday-wise but I hope he’ll be fit.”
Should Harry Maguire not prove his fitness in time then Eric Bailly is fully fit again and has kept a clean sheet in all three games he has played this season. The Ivorian partnered Victor Lindelof in a back four yesterday.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka played the full 90 minutes in our 1-1 draw against Everton last weekend before missing the trip to Derby midweek. The England international has not been in training this week but has until Saturday to prove his fitness to the boss. In Wan-Bissaka’s absence, Diogo Dalot had a solid game at right-back on Thursday evening.
Daniel James has missed our last two games through injury since being an unused substitute in our 5-0 thrashing of Club Brugge in the Europa League. However, the pacey winger has also been absent in training this week. Ole confirmed:
“I hope so, yes, but none of them have been training yet since the last game, so we’ve got to look at them on Saturday probably because tomorrow is a recovery day.”
One of the most promising performances in the FA Cup win yesterday was the brace from striker Odion Ighalo. He produced two fine finishes before missing a good opportunity to complete his hat-trick later on. The Nigerian international also showed good strength to hold up the ball and bring teammates into play versus Wayne Rooney’s side.
Ighalo has thrown his name into the hat as a potential starter this weekend, though Anthony Martial will certainly start. It depends on whether the boss wants to play two up front or even start Martial down the left wing.
Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Lee Grant are all ruled out of Sunday’s game through injury.