[4-1-2-3] Man City vs Man Utd: Match Preview & Predicted City Lineup

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Pep Guardiola revealed David Silva is available for the Manchester derby, after the midfielder sat out the 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk due to a knock.

The Spaniard should start alongside Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne in central midfield in the usual 4-1-2-3 formation, with Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva providing cover.

Raheem Sterling was an unused substitute on Wednesday night and looks set to start on the right of the front three, while Leroy Sane was withdrawn after 62 minutes and is the favourite to line up on the left.

Up front, Gabriel Jesus played the full 90 minutes in midweek and could drop back to the bench, with Sergio Aguero – who was handed just 20 minutes in the Ukraine – returning to the XI.

Vincent Kompany missed out against Shakhtar after suffering some discomfort, while Fabian Delph was absent due to illness, with the pair to be assessed ahead of Sunday’s match.

Eliaquim Mangala and Danilo will be on standby, then, while Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi appear sure starters elsewhere in the back four.

John Stones remains out, while Benjamin Mendy is a long-term absentee.

 

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