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Marcus Rashford, Antony and Scott McTominay start - predicted Manchester United XI vs Man City

Published on: 01 October 2022

Manchester United will be looking for their fifth Premier League win on the bounce when they face off against unbeaten Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon.

Erik ten Hag's side haven't played in the Premier League since their 3-1 victory over Arsenal, but the Reds have clashed with Real Sociedad and Sheriff in the Europa League since then. United lost 1-0 to the La Liga outfit before securing a 2-0 victory over the Moldovan side.

Anthony Martial, who has only featured once in a competitive match so far this term, could return for the clash with Pep Guardiola's side after training on Friday, while Marcus Rashford also featured at Carrington ahead of Sunday's derby.

Though his international stars appear to have returned to Carrington mostly unscathed, Ten Hag still has some injury concerns ahead of the Manchester derby. Captain Harry Maguire is missing for the fixture having sustained an injury with England. Meanwhile, summer signing Martin Dubravka had to pull out of the Slovakia squad due to injury.

Despite his lack of training this week, there is a chance that Rashford could start against City. The England international has been in impressive form so far this campaign, registering five goal contributions in six matches. He was expected to be called up to the England squad before being sidelined with an injury. Cristiano Ronaldo's role on Sunday is likely to depend on the fitness of Rashford.

The England international is expected to be flanked by Antony - who scored on his debut for the Reds - and Jadon Sancho, who has also made a solid start to the season. The attacking trio are likely to line up in front of a midfield three consisting of Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes.

The back five should see Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia looking to protect David de Gea. Luke Shaw scored for the Three Lions against Germany but is unlikely to start the derby, while Fred and Casemiro could also start on the bench.


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