Manchester United vs Manchester City preview

By Ric Turner, Sat 24 October 2015 12:23

Manchester United vs Manchester City previewCity without five first team regulars ahead of derby

Manchester United vs Manchester City

Date: 14.05pm, Sunday 24th October 2015

Venue: Old Trafford, Trafford

Referee: Mark Clattenburg Assistants: J Collin, R West Fourth Official: C Pawson

Odds: Manchester United 8/5, Draw 5/2, City 9/5

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports 1

Manchester United

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Squad (from): Romero, De Gea, Johnstone, Blind, Darmian, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Carrick, Depay, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Mata, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Valencia, Martial, Rooney

Injured: McNair, Shaw, Young

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WLWWWL

Manchester City

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Squad (from): Caballero, Hart, Wright, Demichelis, Kolarov, Kompany, Mangala, Otamendi, Sagna, Zabaleta, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Fernando, Navas, Roberts, Sterling, Toure, Bony, Iheanacho

Injured: Clichy, Delph, Nasri, Silva, Aguero

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WWLLWW

City are without five first team regulars for the short visit to Old Trafford. Samir Nasri suffered a hamstring injury against Bournemouth, and joins Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph, David Silva and Sergio Aguero in the treatment room.

Manager Manuel Pellrgini, however, is confident that his side can cope with the injury crisis.

Pellegrini said: “You never know, we hope to see a lot of goals, the most important thing is to try and win the game. There are different ways to try to win, I think we have one, I hope for fans it’s a good show and good game.

“I think that our team, if you remember last season, we had a lot of different ways to play. Last season we had the four strikers injured and we played with Milner and he scored two goals I think in two or three games and our team scored 15 goals without strikers. We have players with characteristics that can play different ways, and every one of them can score.”

City's last visit to Old Trafford ended in a 4-2 defeat for the Blues,with Sergio Aguero scoring both of City's goals. Overall City have won 47 of the 158 games played against United, with 47 draws and 64 defeats.

Prediction: United 1 City 1