Manchester City vs Manchester United preview: Guardiola has fully fit squad to choose from

By Ric Turner, Fri 05 March 2021 15:32

Manchester City vs Manchester United preview: Guardiola has fully fit squad to choose fromNathan Ake's return to full training this week gives City boss plenty of options

Manchester City vs Manchester United

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 4.30 pm, Sunday 7th March 2021

Venue: Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Referee: Anthony Taylor Assistants: G Beswick, A Nunn Fourth Official: M Dean VAR: P Tierney

Odds: City 1/2, Draw 10/3, United 6/1

TV: Sky Sports

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Steffen, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Laporte, Mendy, Cancelo, Garcia, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, Sterling, Jesus, Aguero, Torres, Mahrez

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWWWW

Manchester United

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer

Squad (from): Henderson, Grant, Bishop, Lindelof, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Telles, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Tuanzebe, Fred, Fernandes, James, Matic, van de Beek, Pogba, McTominay, Cavani, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood, Diallo

Injured: Mata, Jones

Doubtful: Martial, van de Beek, Pogba

Suspended: None

Unavailable: De Gea

Form guide: WWDDD

Pep Guardiola has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the Manchester derby, after Nathan Ake returned to full training this week.

“It’s good news for us,” said Guardiola at Friday's press conference.

“Nathan is back. He made the training sessions and felt really good. Everyone is fit. It is important for us and hopefully at the international break everyone comes back really well.”

City have a relatively poor record against United at The Etihad in recent years, having only won one derby at home since 2014 but Guardiola is looking to rectify that anomaly on Sunday.

“It’s important this game,” he added.

“It is, like the previous one, the previous one and the next one.

“I know how difficult United are. I have the feeling they are a better team every season. They haven't lost away for more than one year.

“They always get good results here at Etihad Stadium, but we know the opportunity we have to extend our advantage.

“The Premier League is 38 games, this is one of them. Obviously, they are now real contenders, second in the table.

“Everyone knows how important it is. We will try and win the game.”

City won their last home league game against United 2-1, with Nicolas Otamendi scoring for the Blues. Overall City have won 53 of the 173 games played against United, with 50 draws and 70 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Score prediction: City 2 United 1