It’s the most expensive Manchester Derby in history. We’ve got all the combined transfer fee amounts added up for you from both Manchester clubs over at this link. Also, if you want to hear rapper Ice Cube and comedian Kevin Hart compare the United-City rivalry to the Los Angeles street gangs Bloods and Crips, watch this video.
Moving from off-the-pitch sidebars to on-the-pitch talk, this could be about as big a single game as you can have in early September.
United, City and Chelsea look like the class of the Premier League thus far. All three were predicted to do big things this preseason. All three have taken all three points from each of their first three contests. Three is a magic number indeed.
Moving on to the United injury front…Luke Shaw is a slight doubt for this one, as he returned to United early from international duty due to an aching leg (more on that here). We’re guessing he’ll be ready to go. Three South American players- Marcos Rojo, Sergio Romero and Antonio Valencia our doubts as well due to a late return to the club from international duty (more on that here).
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely not going to play Saturday (more on that here).
On the flip side, Sergio Aguero will not be a part of this contest.
United head into the home edition of the Manchester Derby as favorites over Man City. Here are the latest odds according to Bet 365:
United win 13-10
City win 23-10
Without further ado, we present to you now, The Sports Bank’s Man United starting XI prediction:
Anthony Martial Wayne Rooney Juan Mata
Marouane Fellaini Paul Pogba
Luke Shaw Eric Bailly Daley Blind Antonio Valencia
David de Gea
Mourinho seems to be pretty loyal to the 4-2-3-1 formation, so we went with that look here. As always, feel free to post your own Man United starting XI in the comments section below. Speak your mind on the formations and line-ups that are already presented here for your discussion.
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Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, partnered with FOX Sports Engage Network. and News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, currently contributes regularly to the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye publication and Bold Global.