Confirmed XI: Rashford leads the line against City; Ronaldo and Martial on the bench for the Derby

United need to get three points in the bag in this match - their first Premier League match in a month

Manchester United will go head to head with Manchester City in the first Manchester derby of the Premier League season. Last season, City did the double of United, beating them 4-1 at the Etihad and 2-0 at Old Trafford. United need to do much better this season.

City have scored the most goals in the Premier League this season, scoring 18 goals in the seven matches they have played so far. United have played just six matches, scoring eight goals. There is clearly some work for United to put in to get the better of this City side.

Erling Haaland will be the player to stop for United. The Norwegian has scored 11 goals in the Premier League so far this season and seems to be scoring them for fun. And to think that Ed Woodward did not push to sign him back in 2019. What a mistake that has been.

Manchester United

De Gea;

Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia;

McTominay, Eriksen;

Antony, Fernandes, Sancho;

Rashford

Substitutes

Heaton; Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Casemiro, Pellistri; Ronaldo, Martial, Elanga

Manchester City

Ederson;

Walker, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo;

De Bruyne, Gundogan, Silva;

Foden, Haaland, Grealish

Substitutes

Ortega, Carson; Dias, Laporte, Lewis; Gomez, Palmer; Alvarez, Mahrez

United and City have met 50 times in the Premier League with United winning 24 matches, drawing nine matches and City winning 17. United have scored 71 goals, winning five penalties, scoring four. City have scored 67 goals, winning one penalty, not scoring it.

United have kept 18 clean sheets with City keeping 11. Discipline has been an issue in this fixture with United players shown 86 yellow cards and seven red cards and City players shown 108 yellow cards and one red card. United will need to show that they can defeat City this season.

Billy Meredith, Denis Law, Brian Kidd, Terry Cooke, Peter Schmeichel, Andrew Cole, Carlos Tevez, Owen Hargreaves, Abbie McManus, Jane Ross, Aoife Mannion, Charlie McNeill (academy) and Jadon Sancho have played for both teams in Manchester.

Written by John Walker

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I support Manchester United, the greatest English football team to have ever existed. Bruno Fernandes is the latest in a long line of players with great ability to play for the club. I idolised Bryan Robson, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Eric Cantona growing up.