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Man Utd predicted lineup vs Man City - Premier League

Max Parsons
Cristiano Ronaldo is a necessity for Manchester United at the moment
Cristiano Ronaldo is a necessity for Manchester United at the moment / Emilio Andreoli/GettyImages

Manchester United host bitter rivals Manchester City in the Premier League's headline fixture this weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could really use a big result in this one, having suffered a calamitous 5-0 Premier League trouncing against Liverpool in their last home match. They bounced back from that defeat with a 3-0 win over Tottenham before just about earning a point at Atalanta in midweek last time out - although the pressure is still well and truly on.

They face Pep Guardiola's men who sit third in the table, three points above their hosts on Saturday. Despite their lofty position, they're enduring a bumpy spell domestically, having suffered a League Cup exit before losing to Crystal Palace in their previous league outing.

Here's who Solskjaer could opt to field on Saturday afternoon.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Eric Bailly
Eric Bailly performed well against Atalanta / Giuseppe Cottini/GettyImages

David De Gea (GK) - Manchester United's number one will undoubtedly start between the sticks, despite having conceded 19 in his last ten appearances.

Eric Bailly (CB) - Was easily United's best defender on Tuesday night with an immense showing and is nailed on to start here, especially in Raphael Varane's absence.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - The Frenchman's injury is a blow, although Solskjaer will be relieved that Lindelof's knock was just minor and nothing serious ahead of the derby.

Harry Maguire (CB) - The United captain has been largely woeful in recent weeks, but he'll likely still have his manager's trust for this one.

2. Wing-backs & Midfielders

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In great from at the moment / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RWB) - Another strong performer against Atalanta, Wan-Bissaka showed his typical resilience although needs to start producing at the other end of the field if he's going to excel as a wing-back.

Fred (CM) - Paul Pogba started in midweek but, due to his domestic suspension, Fred will likely come back into the fold against City.

Scott McTominay (CM) - Alongside the Brazilian will likely be the other half of McFred, who will need to replicate his excellent performance against Spurs in United's last Premier League outing.

Luke Shaw (LWB) - Had some decent moments against Atalanta but he still has everyone asking: Where have you gone, Luke?

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - Has left the field with an assist in seven of his last nine appearances for club and country. He's adding moments of magic into drab United performances, and he's needed.

3. Forwards

Marcus Rashford (ST) - Has scored three in his last five. But despite underwhelming last time out, this is a derby and he has proven himself a big game player on similar occasions in the past.

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) - A saviour - to his colleagues, his manager and the club. Has scored three and assisted one in United's last two, proving so crucial in the process. Hitting that talismanic form we expect from him.