Manchester Derby Team News: Pogba, Martial, Rojo, Zinchenko, Aguero

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The Manchester Derby is no doubt the highlight fixture of the Premier League weekend, but it’s a match that will see many star players out due to injury on both sides. For visiting Manchester United, this clash has long been declared the return date for midfielder Paul Pogba, but his status for this one still remains in doubt.

England’s most expensive player ever has not featured since late September due to ongoing ankle and foot problems. He has just five appearances and two assists (no goals scored) in Premier League competition this season. If he doesn’t go, and at this point no one can really sat for sure if he will/won’t, United’s midfield could still see a boost in the return of Nemanja Matic, who might likely be ready to feature for the first time since October.

The Serbian only just missed out on the midweek win over Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur. Meanwhile defenders Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot and Timothy Fosu-Mensah all remain long term absentees. Another defender, Marcos Rojo, might be available, but this match might come too soon for him to feature.

Finally, Anthony Martial is a doubt for this one as he missed the win over Spurs due to what was deemed just a “slight injury.” How mysterious!

Flipping over to the heavily favored hosts, defender Oleksandr Zinchenko might honestly be back in the mix now after having recovered from knee surgery in October.

All-time leading scorer Sergio Aguero is still a week or so away from being match fit while Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane are still out until well into the New Year. Look for Gabriel Jesus to try and make the most of his opportunities while Aguero remains out.

Manchester Derby FYIs

Starting XI Predictions: go to this link

Kickoff: 7:30 BST, Dec. 7, City of Manchester Stadium

Google Result Probability: Manchester City win 74%, Draw 16%, Manchester United win 10%

Form Guide: Manchester City  WDWLW  Manchester United- WDDWL

Series history: Manchester United wins 73 Draws 52 Manchester City wins 53

Prediction: Manchester City 2, Manchester United 1

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  1. ON GOOD DAY, MAN U COULD SURPRISE MAN CITY.

  2. I will go for a united win, 2:1

  3. Wish you the best man u

  4. Anthonio di-maria says

    man u should start rojo for tomorrow match,man u forever

  5. man u will win

  6. pls win man u

  7. martial dosantos says

    natakia man u ushindi

  8. Man u will win

  9. Man utd-3 vs man zity_2

    Mzan

    u

  10. man u win

  11. MKODO J MASALU FROM EAST AFRICA says

    Kwa nini pogba haanzi? kapona hajapona?

  12. I don’t care about both teams I am Liverpool fan all the best both of man u and man c

  13. United shd play pogba in 10 and leave the midfield with Fred and mc tomminy

  14. Man City 0_ man United 1

  15. hardgame2.1formanc

  16. Man U should play Pogba at 10 and leave Fred and mactonian on their position.defence wakeup please

  17. It’s a must city win

  18. Man City 3 – 0 Man United. Should be an easy win for Man City.

  19. man united win 2:1

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