MANCHESTER United will be looking to bounce back from Tuesday’s Champions League disappointment when they continue their Premier League campaign at home to Manchester City this weekend.
The Red Devils were eliminated in the group stages of the European Cup courtesy of a 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig in Germany, meaning that the English giants will drop into the Europa League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won their last four in the league, though, and currently sit sixth in the table, just five points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.
Edinson Cavani missed out against Leipzig due to the muscular problem that he picked up against West Ham United last weekend, but the experienced striker is expected to be available on Saturday.
Phil Jones remains on the sidelines with a long-term knee problem, although the centre-back would not have been available for this match in any case as he is not in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad.
Anthony Martial limped off the field in the second half of Saturday’s clash with West Ham, having picked up a muscular strain. The France international missed out against Leipzig in the Champions League and is seen as a major doubt for the Manchester derby this weekend.
United do not have any suspension concerns for Saturday’s contest and will have Fred, who was banned against Leipzig in the Championa League, available for selection.
There have been some classic encounters between these two teams in recent seasons and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United have had plenty of success over Manchester City and Pep Guardiola in recent outings, with wins in both of their PL games last season.
However, Man City have won more games away at Man United than any other team in Premier League history. And after the latest saga surrounding Paul Pogba and being dumped out of the Champions League, the pressure is piling on Solskjaer and a defeat in the Manchester derby will see that crank up plenty of notches.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend.
Manchester City are hoping to have star striker Sergio Aguero fully fit to start, while Guardiola was able to rest plenty of his stars for the Champions League game against Marseille in midweek.