Manchester City vs Manchester United: John Stones rules out with hamstring injury

By Ric Turner, Fri 30 September 2022 16:26

Manchester City vs Manchester United: John Stones rules out with hamstring injuryEngland international could be back in action within a fortnight

Manchester City vs Manchester United

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 2.00pm, Sunday 2nd October 2022

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Michael Oliver Assistants: S Burt, S Bennett Fourth Official: D Coote VAR: P Tierney

Odds: Man City 4/11, Draw 9/2, United 13/2

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Cancelo, Laporte, Akanji, Gomez, Lewis, Wilson-Esbrand, Gundogan, Grealish, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Palmer, Haaland, Alvarez, Mahrez

Injured: Stones, Phillips

Doubtful: Laporte

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDWWW

Manchester United

Manager: Erik ten Hag

Squad (from): De Gea, Heaton, Dubravka, Lindelof, Jones, Martinez, Malacia, Varane, Dalot, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Fernandes, Eriksen, Fred, Casemiro, van de Beek, McTominay, Ronaldo, Martial, Rashford, Antony, Sancho, Elanga

Injured: Williams

Doubtful: Maguire, Dubravka, Rashford, Martial

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWLW

John Stones is unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury whilst on international duty with England, but his injury is not as bad as first feared. Kalvin Phillips is also absent after undergoing surgery on a shoulder probem, but Aymeric Laporte is available for selection after resuming first team training.

United have improved this season under new manager Erik Ten Hag, and Pep Guardiola is aware of the threat posed by the visitors on Sunday.

“They have physicality and quality in the middle, the centre backs so aggressive. Good pace outside. It’s Man Utd it has always been like that,” said Guardiola at Friday's press conference.

“I always expect the best from our opponents. The quality they have is undoubted for many years.

“They come from a very good result against Southampton away which is not easy and Arsenal at home. Good momentum for them.

“It’s a big rivalry in the city and I will try to figure out what they are going to do and what we can do to beat them.

"I'm looking forward to the game."

City won their last game against United at The Etihad 4-1, with goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez. Overall City have won 55 of the 176 games played against United, with 50 draws and 71 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Silva, Foden, Haaland

Score prediction: City 2 United 1