Predicted Manchester United XI v Manchester City

United have selection issues and injuries to clear up ahead of Sunday’s derby with Manchester City.

Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka both missed the midweek FA Cup win over Derby County with minor injuries.

United were being cautious and list each as having a 75 per cent chance of being passed fit this weekend. Both are in our predicted line-up for the fixture.

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Goalkeeper and defence

Despite a brilliant midweek performance from Sergio Romero, David de Gea will likely keep his place in goal regardless of his error against Everton last week. He was excellent in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg win away to City.

In this victory, United played with a back three, and we expect this is the way to lean here.

A tough decision will be Luke Shaw over Eric Bailly, but the England star has made himself undroppable lately, and Brandon Williams could play a vital role providing an attacking outlet.

There will be calls too for Bailly to replace Victor Lindelöf, but we expect the Swede to retain his place.

Midfield three as opposed to four

An extra man in defence means one less in midfield after the diamond we saw against Everton.

Scott McTominay played all 90 minutes against Everton and we expect he will be the one to miss out. He has now started three games in the space of eight days after returning from injury.

Nemanja Matic was rested for the City fixture, while Fred and Bruno Fernandes were both substituted early against Derby as United cruised to victory, highlighting their importance.

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Up front

Up front that leaves room for two forwards and we have three to choose from.

Odion Ighalo’s brace against Derby will give him confidence and there is a clear case to start him.

Don’t forget Anthony Martial too, who struck what proved to be the winner against City at The Etihad in December.

Mason Greenwood should be a good option from the bench. He will be looking for his first derby goal.

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