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The first Manchester Derby of the English Premier League season sees red host blue on Saturday evening, with both sides eyeing a push into the top four.
Both have enjoyed improving domestic form in recent weeks, albeit with United tumbling out of the Uefa Champions League in midweek.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side do, however, come into this one off the back of four consecutive EPL victories, taking them to sixth in the table – a point and a place above their noisy neighbours.
Frontline duo Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani are injury doubts for the Old Trafford showdown.
Luke Shaw made his return from injury in time for the Red Devils’ European KO, managing an hour, while Dean Henderson is pushing for a start in goal ahead of shaky Spaniard David de Gea.
City have recorded back-to-back home wins in the Premier League, recording their annual 5-0 win over Burnley before seeing off Fulham 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
Pep Guardiola’s men also cruised to the top of their UCL group during the week, as the feelgood factor tentatively returns to the east side of the city.
Even injury-hit Sergio Aguero reappeared against French side Marseille, although he likely won’t start just yet.
John Stones could continue in defence, while Ilkay Gundogan faces a late fitness test.
Manchester United vs Manchester City: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Manchester United vs Manchester City: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Manchester United Starting XI: David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Fred, Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood.
Probable Manchester City Starting XI: Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Rodrigo, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus.