Manchester derby

Manchester United will host rivals and neighbours Manchester City tomorrow, Saturday, in what will be the last match before the upcoming two-week break.

The Red Devils came from behind to pick a point in Italy against Atalanta in their latest Champions League match.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who once again delivered with a double including a last-minute equaliser, will be expected to lead Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Old Trafford.

Man City on the other hand strolled to an easy 4-1 win at home to Club Brugge, and now all eyes are trained at Old Trafford.

Ahead of the match, what are the statuses of the two teams?

Man United

Man United have a few injury concerns to worry about, with Raphael Varane perhaps the most severe.

The Frenchman, who was just returning from another injury, was withdrawn at half-time against Atalanta in midweek, with what the club confirmed later as a hamstring injury.

Victor Lindelof missed the trip to Italy with a knock, and Solskajer will be hoping the Swede makes the team this weekend.

With the Norwegian having deployed a three-man defense in his last two games, it means Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, and Lindelof, if he shakes off the knock, will all start.

Paul Pogba, who started against Atalanta, will miss the clash as he serves his three-match ban following a red-card against Liverpool.

The rest of the team is available, with the likes of Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred ready to replace the Frenchman.

Man City

The defending champions have few injuries to worry about as well, with Ferran Torres the only one out with a knock he picked while on international duty.

Just like United, City will miss Aymeric Laporte, who will start his three-match suspension following a red card he received last weekend in their surprise 2-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace.

Pep Guardiola has a number of options though, with John Stones and Nathan Ake capable of standing in for the Spaniard.


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