Manchester United team news ahead of Saturday’s derby against Manchester City

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Following a draw against Atalanta in the Champions League, Manchester United will host city rival Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side displayed a disappointing performance against the Italian side in midweek but came away with a point thanks to the brace from Cristiano Ronaldo. 

In terms of team news provided by the club’s website, Raphael Varane will be out for the next four weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Victor Lindelof, who did not travel to Italy after picking up a knock in training, might be fit to start on Saturday. 

Paul Pogba will have to remain sidelined for this encounter after suffering three games domestic suspension, having picked up a straight red card against Liverpool. Fred was replaced by the Frenchman in midweek but the Brazilian international might return to the starting eleven after a midweek rest. 

Amad Diallo returned to full fitness after suffering a muscle injury in the preseason and travelled with the first-team squad for the Champions League game, but he failed to make it to the matchday squad and it might be the same this weekend. 

The Red Devils boss went with five at the back in the back to back games against Tottenham and Atalanta after a colossal defeat against Liverpool. But, with Varane out injured for this encounter, it will be interesting to see if Solskjaer went with the same system or not. 

Manchester City have enjoyed playing against the five at the back system so far this season where they came away victorious against Chelsea and Brighton. So, keeping this in mind, the Norwegian boss should go with the 4-2-3-1 formation. 

Manchester United are currently sitting fifth in the table with 17 points in 10 games and Manchester City are third in the Premier League with 20 points in as many games. So, any slip-ups from this game might leave either side quite a long way away from the league leader Chelsea who have already bagged 25 points. 

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