4-1-4-1: Man City Predicted XI to Face Man Utd
Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho renew their rivalry on Saturday lunchtime as Manchester City travel to Manchester United in the first Premier League game following the international break.
The Spanish coach will have to make do without the suspended Sergio Agüero who has started the season in sublime form. This should see highly-rated youngster Kelechi Iheanacho given a chance from the start to impress.
Manchester United don’t have many absentees in their camp in a battle of two teams with 100% records going into the fourth match of the season.
Here is the Manchester City lineup I think we will see starting at Old Trafford:
Goalkeeper: Claudio Bravo
The Chilean goalkeeper could be in line for his debut following his arrival from Barcelona late in the transfer window. Joe Hart has been loaned out to Torino whilst Willy Caballero has not looked impressive ever since joining City.
Defence: Bacary Sagna, John Stones, Nicolás Otamendi, Aleksandar Kolarov
Manchester United should be looking to attack down the wings, particularly down the left with Luke Shaw bombing on from left-back to support Anthony Martial against Bacary Sagna who is prone to getting beat around the outside. It will be interesting to see how much freedom John Stones gets to push forward in this one as this game has the making for Zlatan Ibrahimović to be the match winner. The City defence has looked vulnerable when tested in their early days under Guardiola.
Midfield: Fernandinho; Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Nolito
Fernandinho has been the holding man in the City midfield this season and I wouldn’t be surprised if Pep Guardiola sticks with his 4-1-4-1 formation in this one. Fernando and Yaya Touré are options to play an additional defensive midfielder but the Brazilian has only played two minutes this season and the latter is yet to feature. Going forward, Raheem Sterling has made a great start but has a record of coming up short in bid games. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have the ability to unlock any defence whilst Nolito has been on the scoresheet since joining from Celta Vigo over the summer.
Striker: Kelechi Iheanacho
I really like this young Nigerian striker. Kelechi Iheanacho gets himself in good positions which is perfect when you’re playing along the likes of Silva and De Bruyne. It’s a big ask for him to replace Sergio Agüero on a massive occasion but don’t be surprised if he comes up with the goods.
Here is the Manchester City team on paper:
Manchester City fans – What formation should Pep Guardiola go with against Manchester United?