Man Utd team news: Expected 4-3-3 line up vs Man City as Solskjaer makes three changes
Man Utd: Solskjaer previews derby against Man City
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make three changes to the Manchester United side that lost 3-2 to RB Leipzig in midweek when Manchester City visit Old Trafford in Premier League action.The Red Devils bowed out of the Champions League in chaotic fashion after going 3-0 down in Germany, despite a spirited late fightback.
United have shown their character already this season by bouncing back in admirable fashion following home defeats against Tottenham and Arsenal.
But with City improving with every game that goes by, United will have to be at their best to earn all three points, just as they did in last season’s fixture back in March.
David de Gea is expected to keep his place in the side, despite his questionable display in Leipzig particularly for Justin Kluivert’s crucial third goal.
Solskjaer looks set to switch back to his favoured 4-3-3 formation with Alex Telles dropping to the bench.
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He was subbed at half time at the Red Bull Arena and Luke Shaw is expected to keep his place at left-back.
Nemanja Matic should drop out of the side and Fred could come back in from the cold after his UEFA suspension.
There will be plenty of energy in midfield between him and Scott McTominay, who has slowly nailed down a starting spot in recent weeks.
Paul Pogba’s fine cameo from the bench is unlikely to be enough to earn him a start in the wake of Mino Raiola’s comments.
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Solskjaer is said to have sat down with Pogba to discuss his future and he is expected to move on.
Premier League Player of the Month Bruno Fernandes slots in at No 10 with Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood either side.
Anthony Martial should return and is expected to start through the middle after missing the defeat to Leipzig.
Solskjaer confirmed he’s available but Edinson Cavani is a doubt: “Anthony will definitely be involved so he’s cleared.
“Edinson (Cavani) has been on the grass but I’ll make a decision later on.”
Man Utd expected XI vs Man City (4-3-3): De Gea; Shaw, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka; Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Greenwood, Martial.
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