Throw the form book out of the window and the league standings out of the city. The English Premier League is all set for the blockbuster ‘Manchester Derby’ between Manchester United and Manchester City. This fixture will be played on Sunday at Old Trafford.
United are in good shape, having remained unbeaten in nine matches in all competitions. This sequence saw them winning six and drawing three. However, they remain outside the top-six. The ‘Red Devils’ need a win to keep pressure on the top-four. City, on the other hand, are out of the title race. They are more or less guaranteed a place in the top-four standings. This match might not be of great significance for them, but City wouldn’t leave bragging rights to United.
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Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba are still absent for United with injuries. That means, United will rely on Anthony Martial up front. The biggest catch in the United squad will be their new midfielder Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese national player has settled into life at Old Trafford seamlessly.
Among others, Fred has risen up in stature and performance over the last few weeks. He can be a very good pick. Same goes with defender and captain Harry Maguire, who can be a very exciting pick. One player who is best to be avoided on current form is David de Gea.
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City have lost only one of their last eight league matches, winning six and drawing one. Furthermore, Pep Guardiola has won all three of his Premier League away matches at Old Trafford. The large number of injuries mean your selections should be prudent.
Raheem Sterling was left out of the FA Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday during the mid-week. He should be good to start and represents good value. Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both have had good midweek performances. However, the Argentine’s record in big matches should get him the nod.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Bruno Fernandes has started his United career in the best possible manner. His presence has lifted the Red Devils and makes him a definite fantasy pick.
Kevin de Bruyne is the best playmaker in the league. His presence on the pitch is important for City’s chances. His selection for your side is vital for your points.
Sergio Aguero hasn’t had a consistent run of games, but his record against top clubs is impressive. The Argentine striker is a definite threat for United and an asset for your fantasy team.
Manchester United: 1 David de Gea 2 Aaron Wan-Bissaka 3 Victor Lindelof 4 Harry Maguire 5 Luke Shaw 6 Fred 7 Scott McTominay 8 Nemanja Matic 9 Bruno Fernandes 10 Anthony Martial 11 Odion Ighalo
Manchester City: 1 Ederson 2 Kyle Walker 3 Fernandinho 4 Nicolas Otamendi 5 Benjamin Mendy 6 Bernardo Silva 7 Rodrigo 8 Kevin de Bruyne 9 Riyad Mahrez 10 Sergio Aguero 11 Raheem Sterling
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