Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

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

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

The Red Devils remain eighth in the Premier League and a title challenge now looks already off the cards.

A 44-pass move that allowed Ilkay Gundogan in to finish off the game in City's favour, a general malaise hung over a performance from Jose Mourinho's men that offered little or nothing to the tie as a whole.

City themselves will be on a high, having thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in the Champions League, following a 6-1 demolition of Southampton.

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Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard has insisted that his team "believe" that they will pick up a positive result in Sunday's Manchester derby with Manchester City.

"If United start like they did against Bournemouth, then the game will be over inside 15 minutes. Nothing would really surprise me in this game as it could swing so much either way - I wouldn't be surprised it City won 3-0 but it wouldn't surprise me if United won 2-1 or 3-2 either", Neville said on his weekly podcast.

Neville says the absence of Pogba was a big blow for United.

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"When I heard he hadn't travelled with the squad this morning I thought Manchester United were in deep trouble because I was imagining a midfield of [Nemanja] Matic, [Marouane] Fellaini and [Ander] Herrera and wondering how they were going to get the ball through midfield".

Despite United's good form in recent weeks, Pep Guardiola's side went into the game as heavy favourites and took the lead through David Silva in the 12th minute.

6 - In his 300th Premier League match as a manager, Mourinho was limited with his team selection after Pogba was ruled out with an injury and Alexis Sanchez was only fit enough for a place on the bench.

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Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba have been omitted from the Manchester United starting XI for their derby clash against Manchester City this afternoon, according to reports.

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