Manchester United won their last match with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium 2-0 almost a year ago to the day.

This Sunday, of course the manager will be different, with Ralf Rangnick taking on Pep Guardiola for the very first time.

That win may have only been twelve months ago, but a look back at the team which started the match shows the changes have taken place at Old Trafford in the interim.

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Who played that day?

David de Gea was still in Spain following the birth of his child and Dean Henderson started the derby and kept a clean sheet.

This was around the time he was viewed as a genuine contender to be United’s number one and he was the man in possession.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were the full-backs, with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire at the heart of defence.

Scott McTominay and Fred anchored the 4-2-3-1 system in midfield, with Bruno Fernandes starting as the number ten.

Marcus Rashford was on the left, Dan James on the right, with Anthony Martial leading the line.

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What has changed?

Obviously, Henderson will not start this weekend, with de Gea having long since rediscovered his status as number one. He has not played a single Premier League game this season.

Raphael Varane will play at centre-half, with Maguire and Lindelof fighting for the place alongside him unless Rangnick springs a surprise with a back three.

Alex Telles could well play ahead of Luke Shaw, and while Wan-Bissaka has recently got his place back, Diogo Dalot usurped him before that and neither Englishman is anywhere near as sure of their first team spot as they were a year ago.

United tend to use a 4-3-3 system now, with Paul Pogba in the line-up, although Rangnick’s shape has been flexible in recent games, tailored to the demands of the opponent.

Obviously, like Henderson, neither James or Martial will start either, as they are with Leeds and Sevilla respectively.

In last season’s game, Martial played sensationally well, winning the penalty for Fernandes’ opener, and causing Ruben Dias real problems even though he did not find the net himself.

On the left, Rashford could start, but Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga are currently United’s most dangerous wingers, while Cristiano Ronaldo is bound to start through the middle.

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The survivors

Bruno is probably the only player who started the last fixture a year ago to be absolutely guaranteed of his starting place this weekend.

Fred is almost certain to play if McTominay is still out, although Nemanja Matic impressed against Watford and has scored at the Etihad in January 2020.

It would be a huge shock if both captain Maguire and Lindelof missed out – one of them will partner Varane, while Shaw and Wan-Bissaka got the nod for United’s last derby match, the clash with Leeds last month.

But this look back does show how plenty has changed in the space of a year, as well as the fact last season’s win took United to within 11 points of their local rivals while they go into this weekend’s game 19 points and three places back.

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