Manchester United are looking to return to winning ways against Man City after they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against Watford.
United make the short trip to their rivals this afternoon (Sunday) where they are looking to move five points clear of the chasing pack in the race for the top-four. The Etihad Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for the Reds of late, after winning their last three trips to the blue half of Manchester.
Pep Guardiola’s side, on the other hand, will be looking to increase their stronghold at the top of the Premier League. Liverpool’s win over West Ham on Saturday halved their lead to just three points. City were comfortable 2-0 winners over United at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign and will be hoping for a repeat display.
READ MORE: Manchester United squad vs Man City revealed as Cristiano Ronaldo absent
Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani were both absent from the squad arriving at the Lowry Hotel on Saturday night, raising suspicions about the star forward’s involvement. but when MEN Sports asked readers to put themselves in the manager’s shoes and select a line-up, Ronaldo was an inevitable selection.
Here’s the team the fans want to see face City:
Goalkeeper – David de Gea
David de Gea has been ever-present for United this season and fans want him to be in between the sticks for his 28th league appearance, this campaign. Should he start, it would be his 25th appearance against City and his first of him at the Etihad since 2019 after missing their win last season.
Defense – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw
Fans have opted for one change in the backline to the side that they drew with the Hornets. Luke Shaw replaces Alex Telles as Wan-Bissaka maintains his place at full-back with the centre-back pairing of Varane and Lindelof continuing.
There is no place for Captain Harry Maguire once again. He was consigned to the bench for last weekend’s stalemate, the fifth Premier League fixture he has missed this season.
Midfield – Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba
Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba maintain their place in the fans’ XI as Scott McTominay comes in to replace Nemanja Matic and Fred is left out. Ralf Rangnick was dealt a boost in midweek when McTominay returned to training, after missing the draws with Atletico Madrid and Roy Hodgson’s side through illness.
Attack – Jadon Sancho,Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Elanga
United’s February player of the month Jadon Sancho has been entrusted to continue his form against the league leaders with Anthony Elanga handed a second straight start after his impressive run off the bench. Despite his absence from him from the squad arriving at the team hotel, fans still hope Ronaldo will be ready to lead the line.
Fans’ United XI to play Man City: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw; Fernandes, Pogba, McTominay; Sancho, Ronaldo, Elanga.
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