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Confirmed Starting XI: A Mancunian will play in the Manchester derby with Rashford leading the line…

Manchester United face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, the biggest match of the season so far. It has been a good week for United after beating Bournemouth 2-1, after going behind then doing the same against Juventus after Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal, winning 2-1 again. A result against City this weekend would be the end of a great week, leading into the final international break of 2018.

City fans have been building this match up, with United being their biggest rivals. However, City are not seen as United’s main rivals – the rivalry with Liverpool is much bigger. Currently, United sit in seventh place in the Premier League, but with them playing the final game of the weekend, that will change before kick off on Sunday. There are nine points between United and City, which could be twelve, six or nine at full-time. United will want it to be six.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Smalling Lindelof, Shaw;

Herrera, Matic, Fellaini;

Lingard, Rashford, Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Jones, Darmian; Mata, Fred; Sanchez, Lukaku

The last week has shown United’s character this season. After a poor start to the Premier League, Carabao Cup and two poor results in the UEFA Champions League, United have started to find themselves. The defence is still not as good as it could be but the players are dealing with that and pushing on. The attack could be much better with Romelu Lukaku in a tough goal drought for his club and suffering with injury, although he did return to training on Friday.

Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba have been suggested (by the media) as doubts, which could be worrying, although United have players to step into the positions of the two players if need be. Matches against Manchester City are not the biggest ones for United, in terms of rivals but since the oil money came to the blue side of Manchester, the derby has been a big fixture as United have been on the receiving end of a beating more times than not. United are unbeaten at the Etihad in their last three visits.

In the last ten fixtures, in all competitions, United won four, City won four, with two draws, so looking at that and the visible gap between the two teams over the past few seasons, that does not look so bad on a head-to-head level. United have scored 11 goals, conceded 12 goals, keeping four clean sheets. This could be a good time to face City, despite them scoring 12 goals in their last two matches, United are confident, seem to be able to win matches now, but this will be a big test.

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