Manchester United go into their match against Manchester City seeking a return to winning ways. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have failed to score or concede in their last three matches, slumping to consecutive goalless draws. Pep Guardiola’s side won’t be easy to beat whatsoever – so here’s our expected team news for the match.
Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson
Solskjaer shut down suggestions David De Gea was set for a lengthy period of absence following the birth of his child.
But the Spain international won’t be involved for the match against City.
Instead, it’ll be Dean Henderson between the sticks.
The 23-year-old has done well when called upon this season, keeping eight clean sheets from 13 appearances across all competitions.
And it seems he’ll get another chance to stake his claim for the No 1 jersey.
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Midfield: Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Telles
When United beat PSG earlier in the season, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles were deployed as wing-backs for the match against the Parc des Princes.
So we’re expecting a similar call for the match at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
United should reinstate Scott McTominay to the side after the Scotland international was benched for Wednesday’s draw with Palace.
Alongside him is likely to be Fred, one of the club’s big game players.
And Bruno Fernandes, despite appearing to be struggling fitness-wise, is another certain starter for the derby.
Attack: Rashford, Cavani
United have seen Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood misfire this term, with the pair managing just five Premier League goals between them.
Therefore, both players could find themselves on the bench for the match against City.
Instead, Marcus Rashford is likely to be selected.
And accompanying the England international should be Edinson Cavani, who has proven his critics wrong with some fine displays since his summer arrival.
Full expected XI: Henderson, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, McTominay, Telles, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani
What Solskjaer has said
Speaking on Friday, Solskjaer admitted United were determined to prove their point against City.
“Our focus is just on this one game and not where we are going to end up,” said the 48-year-old.
“We just have to be the best possible Man United and end up trying to improve on last season, of course.
“That means moving up the table, getting more points, hopefully challenge or get to a final and get a trophy.
“What other teams do, we can’t control. We just have to keep at it ourselves, challenge ourselves and, of course, at the moment they’re ahead of us by a fair distance.
“Sunday’s a good chance to test ourselves against a good team.”