Manchester City vs Manchester United Predicted Lineups: Premier League 03/03/24

Here are our predicted lineups for Man City vs Man United on Sunday, March 3rd 2024 in the English Premier League.

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2:48pm on Friday 1st March 2024
By
Jake Skudder

As the Premier League gears up for one of its most anticipated fixtures, Manchester City and Manchester United are set to face off in a derby that promises to be a defining moment in this season's title race.

The match, scheduled for 3.30 pm GMT on Sunday, March 2, 2024, at the Etihad Stadium, will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, capturing the attention of football fans worldwide.

Manchester United's Squad Dilemma

Manchester United's manager, Erik ten Hag, faces a challenging task assembling his lineup due to a spate of injuries plaguing the squad.

The team will be without eight first-team players, including key figures such as Harry Maguire, Rasmus Hojlund, Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, Mason Mount, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tyrell Malacia, and Anthony Martial.

Despite these setbacks, the Reds managed a narrow 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup earlier this week, with Bruno Fernandes, Raphael Varane, and Casemiro all participating despite fitness concerns.

Manchester United Predicted XI

Onana; Dalot, Varane, Evans, Lindelof; Mainoo, Casemiro; Eriksen, Fernandes, Garnacho, Rashford.

This lineup suggests a blend of experience and youth, with Jonny Evans potentially stepping in to bolster the defence and Christian Eriksen orchestrating the midfield alongside the promising Kobbie Mainoo.

Manchester City's Preparation

Manchester City, under the astute management of Pep Guardiola, are gearing up for the derby with a strong lineup, despite a key player missing due to injury. The ever-reliable Ederson is set to guard the goal, with a defensive quartet that includes Walker, Dias, Akanji, and Ake. This solid backline has been instrumental in City's defensive record this season.

In midfield, Rodri and Stones are expected to hold the fort, providing both defensive cover and a launchpad for attacks. Silva, De Bruyne, and Foden are set to orchestrate the midfield, with Kevin De Bruyne, freshly rested, ready to create chances and add to his assist tally.

Erling Haaland, who has roared back to form with a five-goal spectacle in the FA Cup, is the man leading the line. His physical presence and goal-scoring prowess will be central to City's attack.

Manchester City Predicted XI

Ederson; Walker, Dias, Akanji, Ake; Rodri, Stones; Silva, De Bruyne, Foden; Haaland

Key Players to Watch

Erling Haaland: After declaring he is "finally feeling good" following a frustrating season with injuries, his recent performance suggests he's back to his best.

Kevin De Bruyne: The Belgian maestro, known for his vision and passing, will be crucial in breaking down United's defence.

FAQs

What time does the Manchester Derby start? The match is scheduled for 3.30 pm GMT on Sunday, March 2, 2024.

Where can I watch Manchester City vs Manchester United? The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Are there any major injuries affecting the teams? Manchester United will be without several key players, including Harry Maguire, Rasmus Hojlund, and Luke Shaw, among others.

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