Pep Guardiola has a few headaches to deal with ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
A number of players were rested for the midweek defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk but there are still concerns over some crucial players.
MAN CITY INJURIES
David Silva has been playing with a neck injury for weeks and was left back in Manchester as the rest of the squad travelled to Ukraine, though Guardiola refused to specify exactly what his injury is at his press conference.
Guardiola claimed after the game that Vincent Kompany was due to start against Shakhtar but pulled out. Given the Belgian’s injury record, that does not bode well for City, especially with John Stones out with a hamstring injury.
Fabian Delph was also ill in midweek, although should be fit enough for Sunday’s game.
Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi were left on the bench on Wednesday, with Guardiola highlighting their need of a rest following a busy schedule.
Benjamin Mendy will also miss out with his long-term knee problem.
MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS
Manchester City have no suspensions for the United game but Fernandinho, Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane are on four yellow cards, meaning another booking would rule them out of the next game, against Swansea next Wednesday. Paul Pogba is suspended for United.
MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP
Kompany is City’s biggest doubt, although pre-derby mind games may have to be taken into account. If he doesn’t play then Eliaquim Mangala should partner Nicolas Otamendi at the back.
David Silva did stay back in Manchester this week but could start on Sunday regardless.
Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho and Leroy Sane all started in Ukraine but that should not necessarily have any bearing on the derby; Fernandinho, barring any late and unforeseen injury scare, will take his place in midfield. Sane is likely to go back in on the left to provide width, though Jesus may have to make do with a place on the bench, with Sergio Aguero starting instead.
MAN UTD TEAM NEWS
Jose Mourinho provided an injury update following United’s midweek victory over CSKA Moscow, and at the same time cast doubt on Guardiola’s claims about David Silva.
“You want the truth or what do you want? You want the truth,” he told reporters.
“The truth is Eric Bailly no chance for the weekend, Phil Jones a chance, [Marouane] Fellaini a chance, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] a big chance and [Nemanja] Matic is injured but will play for sure. [Michael] Carrick no chance.
“I’m telling the truth, he’s injured but will play for sure. No stories of [Alexandre] Lacazette or David Silva. All the truth.
“Our opponents have all these issues. They have a big issue but in the end everybody is ready to play.”
TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME
The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 16:30GMT (11:30 ET) on Sunday, with live coverage in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League beginning at 16:15 following the conclusion of Liverpool v Everton.
In the United States (US), Man Utd v Man City can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
OPTA MATCH FACTS
No away side has scored more Premier League goals at Old Trafford than Manchester City (27 – level with Chelsea) while only Chelsea (6) have won more games there as the visiting side in the competition than City (5).
Manchester United have lost seven of their last 12 league games against their local rivals (W3 D2 L7) – as many as they had lost in their previous 45 in league competition against them (W22 D16 L7).
Jose Mourinho’s side are on the longest current unbeaten home run in the Premier League (24 games – W14 D10 L0), with their last such defeat at Old Trafford coming against Manchester City in September 2016 (1-2).
Manchester City have now won 13 successive league matches – a joint-record within a single top-flight season, alongside Chelsea (2016-17), Arsenal (2001-02), Preston and Sunderland (both 1891-92).
Jose Mourinho has won just four of his 19 managerial meetings with Pep Guardiola in all competitions (W4 D7 L8), with just one of those wins coming in league competition (2-1 with Real Madrid at Barcelona in April 2012).
These are the two tightest defences in the Premier League this season, with Manchester United (9) having conceded one goal fewer than Manchester City (10); this despite facing more than double the tally of shots on target (64 v 27).
Romelu Lukaku scored in both of Everton’s league matches against Manchester City last season – the only player to have scored in three successive league appearances against a side managed by Pep Guardiola is Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid v Barcelona between March 2009 & February 2010).
Ederson has only made 20 saves in 15 Premier League appearances this season for Manchester City – his rival goalkeeper at Manchester United; David de Gea has saved 21 shots in his last four Premier League appearances, including 14 in his last game against Arsenal.