Man City vs Man Utd: Predicted Starting XI’s For The Manchester Derby

By on October 31, 2014

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Manchester City entertain Manchester United at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon, here are our predicted starting line-ups for the game:

Man City

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart will come back in for Willy Caballero after he was rested in midweek.

Defence: Manuel Pellegrini will recall Vincent Kompany to the starting eleven with Martin Demichellis likely to make way. Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy are also likely to regain their starting spots in the full-back positions.

Midfield: Yaya Toure is expected to pass a late fitness test to start in midfield and should be partnered by Fernando Reges after Fernandinho played in the midweek defeat to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup.

Attack: David Silva is out for up to four weeks with a knee injury so Samir Nasri should start having made his injury return in midweek. James Milner could get the nod over Jesus Navas on the right while Sergio Aguero will play just behind Edin Dzeko up front.

Man Utd

Goalkeeper: No doubt David De Gea will start in goal for United.

Defence: With Phil Jones and Jonny Evans still sidelined, Louis van Gaal has little option but to stick with the same back four that faced Chelsea last weekend.

Midfield: Marouane Fellaini seems to have played his way into the starting eleven in recent weeks so Michael Carrick may have to wait a little longer to make his comeback, with the Belgian expected to partner Daley Blind at the heart of midfield. Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria should also start with Adnan Januzaj likely to make way, although Antonio Valencia is pushing for a recall after recovering from a hamstring strain.

Attack: Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of the game with a calf injury that forced him to miss last weeks draw with Chelsea, but Wayne Rooney is back from a three-game ban and will start behind Robin van Persie this weekend.

Here are how the teams should line-up:

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What do you think of the teams? What line-up would you select?

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