Manchester City vs Manchester United preview: Dias and Ake miss out through injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 04 March 2022 15:44

Manchester City vs Manchester United preview: Dias and Ake miss out through injuryBlues suffer defensive blow ahead of the derby with Portuguese centre-back ruled out for 4-6 weeks

Manchester City vs Manchester United

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30pm, Sunday 6th March 2022

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Bennett, S Ledger Fourth Official: A Madley VAR: S Atwell

Odds: City 2/5, Draw 4/1, United 13/2

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Carson, Slicker, Walker, Stones, Zinchenko, Laporte, Cancelo, Mbete, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Palmer, McAtee, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez, Delap

Injured: Ake, Dias, Steffen

Doubtful: Palmer

Suspended: Mendy

Form guide: WWLWW

Manchester United

Manager: Ralf Rangnick

Squad (from): De Gea, Grant, Heaton, Henderson, Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Maguire, Varane, Dalot, Shaw, Telles, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Fred, Fernandes, Matic, McTominay, Ronaldo, Rashford, Cavani, Sancho, Elanga

Injured: None

Doubtful: Cavani

Suspended: Greenwood

Form guide: DWWDD

City have been dealt a defensive blow ahead of the Manchester derby, as Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake were both ruled out with injuries sustained during the FA Cup win at Peterborough in midweek. The extent of Ake's injury is unknown, but Dias will miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring problem. John Stones and Aymeric Laporte will deputise.

“Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake are not available for Sunday,” said Pep Guardiola at Friday's press conference. 

“I am not going to cry. We have two central defenders, but it is what it is.

“People said we were lucky with Covid, but we have only 15, 16 players (available) in the last months.

“We will fight. We want to play good, have good behaviours and movements. And hopefully our people can support us like they always do. ”

“Cole Palmer feels better. Hopefully he can start training in the next few days. The rest are good.”

City won their last game against United 2-0, with Eric Bailly (og) and Bernardo Silva netting for the Blues. Overall City have won 54 of the 175 games played against United, with 50 draws and 71 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, Bernardo, De Bruyne, Foden, Sterling

Score prediction: City 2 United 1