EPL: Possible line up for Manchester United against Manchester City

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Manchester United will welcome neighbours Manchester City to Old Trafford needing to put their UEFA Champions League woes behind them.

The Manchester United team were relegated to Europe’s second tier football (Europa League) in the New Year when they lost 3-2 in Germany to RB Leipzig but they must now keep focus in the English topflight duties heading into the first Manchester Derby in the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer men have been successful in their last four outings in the League and narrowly lie above their rivals (Citizens) in the league standings.

They have also found games difficult at home this time with a low-percent of their points in the Premier League record at home.

A possible line up of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men could see Manchester

Phil Jones absent over knee injury while Edinson Cavani (muscle), Anthony Martial (muscle) are most doubtful.

Manchester United have less worry in terms of health ahead of the City match, though their striking options could be limited owing to the fact that Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial are still uncertain to feature in the match.

Both strikers were absent in the defeat to German side RB Leipzig via minor injury, and are supposed to come back for this tie.

Youngster Mason Greenwood is seemingly in contention to lead the attack in case the duo eventually fail to make it.

If Martial is available, he could be chasing a record, thus becoming the first United player to score in three successive Manchester Derby since the time of legend Eric Cantona, having scored home and away last season in the Derby.

It is expected that the goal-scoring responsibility will be on the three forwards; Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.

Though Marcus Rashford has directly contributed to more goals than any Premier League player since making his bow for Manchester United.

Fred could be available in the middle for the Red Devils, while Paul Pogba is likely to be missing out despite scoring in his side’s last two outings.

Mino Raiola’s statements concerning the French man’s future may not do the chances of him earning more starts any good, this means he would likely have to watch from the bench.

At least United’s manager is supposed to return to a back four with Luke Shaw’s absence, having only recovered from injury in midweek.

David De Gea is supposed to start for United in the Derby while Aaron Wan-Bissaka is expected to start at the right back with the aim of getting a ride over Raheem Sterling in this contest.

Here is a predicted line up for Manchester United against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in a 4-2-3-1 mix: David de Dea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles; Scott Mc Tominay, Fred; Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Mason Greenwood

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