Man Utd team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester United warmed up for Sunday’s first Manchester derby of the season in dramatic style on Wednesday, netting twice in the final five minutes to beat Juventus in the Champions League in Turin.But after securing two come-from-behind victories in four days, Jose Mourinho and his men will know that they face their toughest test of the week when visiting Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.This was always billed as a huge eight days for the Red Devils, and were they to make the trip back to the west of the city with a positive result then it will be the latest shot in the arm after their wins against Bournemouth and Juve. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! United, of course, also performed a stunning comeback in this fixture last season, overturning a 2-0 half-time deficit to win 3-2 and delay City’s Premier League title celebrations by eight days, but Mourinho will be adamant that they cannot afford to start so badly again this time.Man Utd Injuries Romelu Lukaku is the biggest name of the potential absentees, with his tendon issue having already ruled him out of the trips to Bournemouth and Juventus over the past week.Antonio Valencia didn’t make the trip to Italy despite having returned to full training, while Diogo Dalot and Phil Jones are among those who have not featured recently due to knocks.Marcos Rojo was back in the matchday 18 against Everton a fortnight ago after undergoing post-World Cup surgery but has not featured since.Romelu Lukaku Man Utd 2018Man Utd Suspensions United have no suspension worries. Luke Shaw is just one booking away from a mandatory one-match ban having already received four yellow cards this season.Man Utd Starting Line-UpHaving seen his side hang tough long enough in Turin on Wednesday to give themselves the chance to win late on, Mourinho is unlikely to make too many changes in his side’s last game before the international break.The largely-isolated Alexis Sanchez ought to start at the front of the attack again, with only Jesse Lingard’s place in the front three open to question, while in midfield it is to be expected that Ander Herrera will get the nod once more. However, Marouane Fellaini could be asked to play from the off if the manager decides his men need a greater physical presence from minute one. Such an approach would depend on how the Belgian recovers from his first piece of match action against Juventus following the injury he suffered on duty with his national team in October.At the back there could be a start for Antonio Valencia, although Ashley Young arguably has done enough to get the call.Man Utd possible XIMan City Team News Nobody needs reminding just how well Manchester City have gone since United last faced them, with that 100-point return last season being followed by a near-faultless start to 2018-19 thus far.Pep Guardiola does have one major injury absentee though in the shape of Kevin De Bruyne, whose knee injury will see him miss out for another month or so. It has been a very stop-start campaign for the Belgian midfielder due to health issues, but City remain unbeaten in the league without him and have eased themselves to within a point of qualification for the last 16 in Europe too.The form of City’s front men gives Guardiola plenty of options, with Gabriel Jesus’ hat-trick in midweek adding to the fine returns of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, who have 10 and seven goals respectively in all competitions. And as if that wasn’t enough, David Silva, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez have added 17 between them.TV Channel & Kick-off time The match at Eastlands kicks off at 4:30pm GMT on Sunday, with live coverage available in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 4:15pm following the conclusion of Chelsea v Everton. In the U.S. the game will be shown on NBCSN at 11:30am ET.Best Opta Match facts Manchester City have won just two of their last eight matches against Manchester United in all competitions (D2 L4) since winning four in a row between 2013 and 2014. Premier League meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United have been won by the away side on 17 occasions – only Aston Villa vs Liverpool (19) and Everton vs Man Utd (18) have been won by the visiting team more. There have been just three occasions of a team scoring 24+ goals after six home games in a Premier League season, with Man City responsible for all three (2013-14, 2017-18 and 2018-19). Manchester United have conceded 18 goals in their 11 Premier League games this season. It took them 25 games until the 31st January to concede as many in the competition last season. Manchester City haven’t lost any of their last 53 Premier League games against sides starting the day outside the top four (W44 D9 L0), since a 0-4 loss at Everton in January 2017. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling is still yet to score against Manchester United in the Premier League, attempting 19 shots in 12 games without success; among players with at least 50 Premier League goals, only Robbie Keane (22) has played more times against the Red Devils without scoring than Sterling. Anthony Martial has scored in each of his last four Premier League games for Man Utd – he could become the seventh different player to score in five or more in a row for the club in the competition (Ruud van Nistelrooy x4, Wayne Rooney x2, Eric Cantona, Dwight Yorke, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie). This will be the 22nd meeting between Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in all competitions – the Spaniard has won nine and lost five (D7) of the previous 21. He’s only lost more matches against Jurgen Klopp (7) than Mourinho (5) during his managerial career. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has never lost consecutive home league games against a single opponent in his whole managerial career. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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