Following a disappointing result against Watford, Manchester United will travel to Etihad Stadium to encounter city rival Manchester City on Sunday.
Despite showcasing a dominating display, Ralf Rangnick’s side failed to unlock the Hornets defence last weekend and in the end, had to settle for a 0-0 draw. The hosts had enough chances to put the game to bed but they failed to capitalise on those opportunities.
Following this disappointing draw, the Red Devils lost ground in their quest for the top-four finish. The Old Trafford outfit are currently sitting in fourth in the Premier League with 47 points in 27 games, only two points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal having played three extra games.
Manchester United team news against Manchester City:
Rangnick’s side do not have many injury absentees ahead of this crucial encounter. Edinson Cavani might remain sidelined due to a groin issue, while Scott McTominay has returned to training after recovering from illness.
David De Gea will start in goal, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw should be the back-four for Manchester United. Club captain Harry Maguire is struggling to showcase his best this season and therefore, he needs some time away from the first eleven.
Scott McTominay is expected to return to the starting eleven and Fred will start alongside the Scotsman in the midfield pivot role. Bruno Fernandes has endured a tough time in recent games but that might not impact his selection ahead of this fixture.
Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga have enjoyed a decent period in recent weeks despite the team’s difficult times and they should start on both flanks.
Cristiano Ronaldo might not be the right choice for Rangnick in this encounter, given the Portuguese might struggle to utilize the space behind the Citizens highline. Therefore, Marcus Rashford should start as the centre-forward.
Manchester United predicted line-up against Manchester City(4-3-3):
David De Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred, Bruno Fernandes; Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Elanga