Man Utd predicted lineup vs Man City

Manchester United make the short trip across the city to face their famously noisy neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The omens aren’t entirely favourable ahead of Erik ten Hag’s maiden Manchester derby. Each of Manchester United’s last five managers have lost their first derby; Ralf Rangnick (1-4), Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (0-2), Jose Mourinho (1-2), Louis van Gaal (0-1) and David Moyes (1-4).

Sir Alex Ferguson was the last manager to claim victory in his first taste of the derby back in 1987 – before all but two of the current squad were born.

Here’s the XI Ten Hag may deploy to break that streak.

Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho never made a senior appearance for Manchester City but the former Sky Blue academy prospect scored on his previous visit to the Etihad / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

GK: David de Gea – As his contract ticks down, De Gea may return to the club where it all started with a free transfer to Atletico Madrid next summer rumoured.

RB: Diogo Dalot – In 73 appearances for Manchester United Dalot has scored just once but comes into the derby on the back of his first-ever brace, netting twice for Portugal against the Czech Republic.

CB: Raphael Varane – After what he diplomatically described as an “irregular” season, Varane now bounces into the Etihad “very happy” with his current situation.

CB: Lisandro Martinez – Finds himself in illustrious company considering he described Varane as “a legend for me”.

LB: Tyrell Malacia – Louis van Gaal’s trial of Malacia at centre-back to combat Kevin De Bruyne’s threat for Belgium helped earn the Dutch a win last week. The 23-year-old didn’t enjoy his new role but is up against the midfielder again this weekend.

CM: Scott McTominay – The towering Scot’s performances have kept five-time Champions League winner and £70m arrival Casemiro out of the side so far.

CM: Christian Eriksen – The youngest player at the 2010 World Cup is now Manchester United’s oldest outfield player to start every Premier League match this season.

AM: Bruno Fernandes – At the start of the season, Fernandes admitted Manchester United were not only playing Premier League opponents but “the ghosts from the past”. Pep Guardiola’s side has certainly haunted United in the past.

RW: Antony – The €100m summer edition grew up without a bedroom, sleeping on the sofa of his house which he described as “right in the middle of the favela”.

ST: Cristiano Ronaldo – AWOL for United’s last trip to the Etihad, Ronaldo has scored eight goals in his last 13 games against teams managed by Guardiola.

LW: Jadon Sancho – The 22-year-old spent two years rising through City’s academy before moving to Borussia Dortmund in search of first-team minutes.

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