Man Utd team news: Likely XI vs Man City as Ten Hag rings the changes after disaster | Football | Sport

Man Utd team news: Likely XI vs Man City as Ten Hag rings the changes after disaster | Football | Sport

Manchester United visit Manchester City in the 192nd Manchester derby this afternoon, looking to avenge their 3-0 humiliation at Old Trafford earlier this season. Express Sport takes a look at Erik ten Hag’s likely lineup as the Champions League spots drift further away, potentially along with his hopes of remaining in the dugout.

Goalkeeper – Onana

Andre Onana is just one clean sheet away from becoming the joint leader in the Premier League Golden Glove race.

The Cameroon international has showcased some of his best form at United in recent weeks and will be crucial if the visitors are to earn a result at the Etihad Stadium.

Defence – Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Amrabat

Diogo Dalot remains Ten Hag’s only available full-back. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia remain sidelined.

Sofyan Amrabat grew into Wednesday’s FA Cup win at Nottingham Forest as a makeshift left-back and was one of United’s better performers in the second half.

Harry Maguire and Lisandro Martinez are still unavailable, while Ten Hag claimed Jonny Evans wasn’t at 100 per cent midweek.

So Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof are likely to partner up at the heart of United’s defence again and have the tall task of silencing Erling Haaland.

Midfield – Casemiro, Mainoo, Fernandes

Kobbie Mainoo dropped to the bench for Scott McTominay at Forest as Ten Hag remains careful with managing the 18-year-old’s minutes.

He has established himself as a crucial part of the Dutchman’s plans and is certain to return to the starting lineup at the Etihad.

Casemiro lives for grudge matches like the Manchester derby and should keep his place after scoring the late winner against Forest to book an FA Cup quarter-final against Liverpool.

Bruno Fernandes will captain United after Pep Guardiola waxed lyrical about the Portuguese maestro in his pre-match press conference.

Attack – Antony, Garnacho, Rashford

Rasmus Hojlund’s absence comes as a huge blow, and it was undoubtedly felt as United struggled to find a go-ahead goal last time out.

Marcus Rashford is no stranger to a derby goal and is expected to start down the middle in the 21-year-old Dane’s place again.

Alejandro Garnacho has become an indispensable starter and looks set to play from the left again while Rashford deputises as the striker.

Antony lacked bite in the final third after returning to the team at Forest. But the Brazilian rarely lacks energy and his defensive work rate should be valuable against City’s all-star attack.

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