Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford this afternoon looking to do the Premier League double in the derby.
We started the weekend three points outside the top four, but with Chelsea currently leading Everton 4-0 at Stamford Bridge we’d need to win this afternoon just to maintain that deficit.
Pep Guardiola’s side are without Belgian superstar Kevin De Bruyne through injury.
Here are the confirmed lineups:
David de Gea; Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Nemanja Matic, Brandon Williams, Bruno Fernandes; Daniel James, Anthony Martial
Substitutes: Sergio Romero, Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood, Odion Ighalo
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is starting with a back three again this afternoon with Luke Shaw starting among them and Eric Bailly dropping to the bench after keeping another clean sheet on Thursday night in our 3-0 FA Cup win away to Derby County. He is joined by fellow defender Axel Tuanzebe.
Nemanja Matic and Fred are the midfield pair whilst Scott McTominay drops to the bench after an impressive performance midweek. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams are the wingbacks.
Bruno Fernandes will take up his number 10 role where he has been excellent since joining at the end of January. Odion Ighalo’s FA Cup brace wasn’t good enough to keep his place in the starting lineup as Daniel James returns from injury to partner Anthony Martial.
Ederson; Joao Cancelo, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden; Bernardo Silva, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling
Substitutes: Claudio Bravo, Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia, Benjamin Mendy, David Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus
It’s an interesting defence named by Pep Guardiola as Joao Cancelo comes in at right-back and Oleksandr Zinchenko on the left. Our wingbacks should be looking to get at them. The central defence partership consists of Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi, with youngster Eric Garcia on the bench. Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy are both named among the substitutes too.
Phil Foden makes a rare start in central midfield due to De Bruyne’s absence, though David Silva is only a substitute. The young Englishman is joined by more defensive players Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan.
No surprise to see Sergio Aguero gets the nod ahead of Gabriel Jesus with his goal record against us. The Argentine striker will be flanked by Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva with Riyad Mahrez only a substitute.