Manchester City and Manchester United are poised to clash in a highly anticipated Premier League face-off at Old Trafford this Sunday afternoon.
This showdown marks the inaugural Manchester derby of the current season, and with a triumphant streak against Brentford, Sheffield United, and F.C. Copenhagen, United is riding a wave of momentum that has their supporters optimistic for a favorable outcome.
While Manchester United’s performance hasn’t peaked yet, they face a formidable challenge in Manchester City, a team that has exhibited defensive prowess by conceding the least goals in the league so far. However, City has also displayed moments of vulnerability in this season. Despite a pre-international break loss to Arsenal, Pep Guardiola’s squad bounced back with victories against Brighton and BSC Young Boys, establishing themselves as the predicted winners of the upcoming derby.
The match is scheduled to commence at 3.30 pm on Sunday, with a heartfelt tribute to the late Sir Bobby Charlton planned before kickoff. The tribute will include a minute of applause and visual displays of remembrance with flags and surfer banners.
In terms of player availability, Casemiro is unavailable for the game. On a brighter note, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has resumed full training as of Friday and is expected to be included in the squad for the match.
Below is the full list of Manchester United players available for the match against Manchester City:
Onana, Bayindir, Heaton, Dalot, Maguire, Evans, Lindelöf, Varane, Fernandes, Eriksen, McTominay, Mount, Amrabat, Hannibal, Mainoo, Reguilón, Rashford, Martial, Antony, Højlund, Pellistri, Garnacho.