City vs United: Predicting the Manchester United XI for the derby

Ruben Ruiz
November 11, 2018

Chris Smalling went closest for United with a header which went comfortably over in the 26th minute, but otherwise the City defence was at ease in a first half of few highlights.

Indeed, the Citizens appeared to be on course to secure their third Premier League title with a win against Manchester United after goals from Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan in the first half.

Ahead of this afternoon's Manchester derby, fans of United found believed they identified a subtle clue about the potential involvement of Paul Pogba in today's clash with City. When City doubled their lead through Sergio Aguero on 48 minutes, Pep Guardiola's team looked set to record an emphatic victory over a poor United.

Anthony Martial did breathe life into the away end at the Etihad Stadium as he slotted home a penalty after Romelu Lukaku was clipped by Ederson, but it was one comeback too many for Jose Mourinho's men.

Anthony Martial's second-half penalty was their only threatening moment in front of goal, yet Mourinho cited his side's hard recent run of fixtures that has included away games at Chelsea and Juventus as an excuse for their display at the Etihad Stadium.

Mourinho had picked a team to defend and play for a point.

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If he plays no part, it is likely that United will field a midfield trio of Nemanja Maticć, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini.

And Ilkay said victory in the 177th Manchester derby not only sent City into the global break two points clear at the top - it also helped atone for last April's 3-2 loss to United at the Etihad.

"City will be nervous despite United being the bigger club".

"Unfortunately, we weren't able to score more than two last time but today we scored three and won the game so we're very happy".

City made a move for Fred last January, only to miss out on the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder following his decision to make a summer move to Manchester United instead. But Fernandinho is also more than adept at launching City attacks and breaking forward to test the opposition in the final third.

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