The Manchester United team that should start against Manchester City

The Manchester United team that should start against Manchester City

Manchester United are looking to bounce back into the win column this weekend against local rivals and Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in six, but have drawn their last three games 0-0 and won only two of their last eight in the Premier League. Injuries are beginning to hit them hard, especially in their creative areas, as they’ve only scored 19 goals in their last ten league games – but nine of those came in one game.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will know that form goes out of the window in a derby though, and will look to end City’s current winning streak to get back on track. He will need to change something to improve results though, so what team should he go with? Let’s take a look.

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Henderson is set for an extended run in the Man Utd team | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Dean Henderson (GK) – The academy graduate will get a run in the side after David De Gea returned to Spain for the birth of his first child.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – Seemingly United’s only option at right-back, he will need to be at his best against this in-form City attack.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – Rested in midweek against Crystal Palace, he remains choice and will return to the lineup for this one, despite news of recent knocks.

Harry Maguire (CB) – Has played every minute of United’s Premier League campaign so far and that won’t change here.

Luke Shaw (LB) – In the conversation for United’s player of the season so far, Shaw has earned his place as the first choice left-back at the club.

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Solskjaer’s most trusted midfield three | Stefano Guidi/Getty Images

Fred (CM) – The Brazilian has been a trusted choice in central midfield for Solskjaer in big games and his energy and legs will be key against possession-hungry Man City.

Scott McTominay (CM) – McTominay has added a goal threat to his game this season and that will be needed with Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek unlikely to feature.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) – United’s star man in attack has gone cold recently, but if anyone can get them out of this rut it’s him. He must start.

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Rashford has 18 goals and 9 assists this season | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Daniel James (RW) – The former Swansea man is rapid and in decent form recently. Defensively will put in a shift and can be a threat on the counter, so he starts.

Edinson Cavani (ST) – Cavani has been leading the line in United’s best performances this season and should do so again here from the start.

Marcus Rashford (LW) – Without a doubt United’s most dangerous attacker, the team’s performances tend to rest on his mood so he needs to be up for it if the Reds stand a chance.

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