Manchester United vs Manchester City: Preview, predicted line-ups and match prediction

Posted by

Manchester United welcome rivals Manchester City to Old Trafford at lunchtime on Saturday, with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola reigniting their rivalry.

Both sides go into the game with perfect records in the Premier League thus far, and both teams have looked very impressive in those wins.

However, this will now be the biggest test that either manager or side has faced to this point, and both will be desperate to claim victory and deal an early blow to their rivals.

Team news

Mourinho insisted at his press conference on Friday that he has a fully fit squad to choose from, ruling out any doubts over the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Antonio Valencia who picked up a knock and arrived late while on international duty respectively.

As for City, Sergio Aguero misses out as he now serves a three-match suspension after the Winston Reid incident, but Guardiola does welcome Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane into his squad.

Claudio Bravo will start between the posts, but captain Vincent Kompany isn’t fit to play despite returning to full training.

Prediction: Man United 1-0 Man City. There are so many fascinating sub-plots to this one, but ultimately United should just edge it.

Mourinho will allow City to have the lion’s share of possession and will look to break on the counter. In turn, Marcus Rashford’s introduction in the second half, or he may well even be a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up, will be crucial to United.

There will be chances and there will be an edgy atmosphere at Old Trafford, but the hosts should have that bit of quality to unlock the City defence and hold firm at the back to keep Guardiola’s men out to claim all three points.

Manchester United Predicted XI: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Pogba, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic.

Manchester City Predicted XI: Bravo, Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito, Sterling, Iheanacho.

More Stories Jose Mourinho Pep Guardiola