Confirmed Manchester United line-up v Manchester City

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his team for today’s derby clash against Manchester City.

Starting XI: De Gea, Bailly, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Ronaldo, Greenwood.

Substitutes: Henderson, Dalot, Telles, Matic, van de Beek, Sancho, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.

The big news is that there is no Edinson Cavani in the squad, but the team will again line up in a 3-5-2 formation for the third straight game, following the horror show against Liverpool. This is how Solskjaer’s team compares to the XI we predicted in our side yesterday.

This is United’s first match at Old Trafford following the 5-0 hammering against Jurgen Klopp’s side two weeks ago.

The Reds have managed to build some priceless momentum following that embarrassing defeat, with a comprehensive win against Tottenham and a crucial point in Bergamo, thanks to yet another last-gasp Champions League strike from the main man Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Premier League game between the two sides at the Theatre of Dreams last season finished 0-0, but Solskjaer’s men did win 2-0 at the Etihad in the most recent encounter.

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Pep Guardiola’s team did however win 2-0 at Old Trafford in January, in a one-legged Carabao Cup semi-final tie.

Today’s clash will be the first derby that fans have been back in the stadium since Manchester United beat City 2-0 at home in March 2020.

A win for Solskjaer’s side would take us level on 20 points with Manchester City.

But a defeat against our arch rivals could see us being 11 points behind league leaders Chelsea going into the November international break, if Thomas Tuchel’s side win later today at home against Burnley.

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