Ten Hag reveals team news for derby

Friday 27 October 2023 13:30

Manchester United approach the 191st local derby with City on the back of three successive wins in all competitions but knowing an improved display will be required against the Blues.

Erik ten Hag's side got the victory that was required in the UEFA Champions League, against FC Copenhagen on Tuesday, but only thanks to Andre Onana's dramatic penalty save with the last action of the Group A tie.

Sergio Reguilon and Raphael Varane were the two changes to the starting XI on the night but Casemiro is eligible again, after suspension ruled him out of the European encounter, even if his involvement is still not guaranteed, after sustaining a knock while on international duty with Brazil.

"Case is a race against the clock," admitted Ten Hag at his pre-match press conference. "He is not 100 per cent."

The boss elaborated in his interview with club media, adding: "He will do everything he can to be part of it, to start the game, but we have to see. We have some hours to go."

There is good news regarding right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is continuing to work his way back to full fitness.

"Yes, Aaron was training today," confirmed the manager, when speaking to journalists at Carrington.

Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Amad are still on the sidelines for the Reds.

"[There are] not so many changes, no [to the squad]," Ten Hag admitted to MUTV's Mark Sullivan.


Pep Guardiola will be without injured playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and suspended defender Manuel Akanji.

The Blues had some slight concern over the fitness of England international Phil Foden in midweek, although Julian Alvarez, flagged as a doubt, did come off the bench in the 3-1 victory over Young Boys in the Champions League.

Guardiola admitted he was pleased with Jack Grealish's display in Switzerland but he has not started a league game since August.

Rodri's return from a ban has helped City get back in the groove but they currently sit two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in second place in the Premier League table.

"United are always a tough, tough opponent," said Guardiola. "We know the quality they have, there is no doubt about that."