Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ole names United side to face City

Sunday 08 March 2020 15:30

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his side for the derby with City at Old Trafford.

Harry Maguire is back to skipper the Reds against City. Our captain was forced to miss the Emirates FA Cup tie at Derby County last Thursday night after injuring his ankle in training the day before the 3-0 win at Pride Park.

Maguire replaces Eric Bailly from the XI in the East Midlands, with the Ivorian dropping to the bench, and Luke Shaw slots into a back three with Brandon Williams and Aaron Wan-Bissaka set to operate as wing-backs.

There is also a return for Daniel James, who has missed the last two matches with injury, as the boss makes seven changes in total from the FA Cup starting line up.

"We've played with this set-up before," said Ole. “Bruno is in, which is new, but we've had a few good performances with that personnel.

“I think Harry will be fine. Of course, it's a boost for us as he's been absolutely excellent. We didn't think it was anything serious anyway but we're very happy he's fit."

The Blues are without Kevin De Bruyne as the Belgium playmaker's back problem keeps him out of Pep Guardiola's matchday squad.

Joao Cancelo and Oleksandr Zinchenko are the two full-backs and there is a start for youngster Phil Foden in midfield. Riyad Mahrez, a scorer in City's 3-1 Carabao Cup semi-final win at Old Trafford, is among the substitutes.

United: De Gea; Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw; Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Fred, Fernandes, Williams; James, Martial.

Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Tuanzebe, McTominay, Mata, Greenwood, Ighalo.

City: Ederson; Cancelo, Fernandinho (c), Otamendi, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Rodri, Foden; B. Silva, Aguero, Sterling.

Substitutes: Bravo, Garcia, Mendy, Walker, D. Silva, Mahrez, Jesus.

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