Manchester United’s potential XI vs Manchester City: Memphis Depay starts

Manchester United’s potential XI vs Manchester City: Memphis Depay starts

With Manchester United needing three goals in the second half of their Europa League clash against Liverpool on Thursday, Memphis Depay would have been disappointed not to feature at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal chose instead to change both his full-backs before sending on Bastian Schweinsteiger, leading to a damp squib as Man United drew 1-1 on the night and lost 3-1 on aggregate.

Memphis has been disappointing for the majority of the campaign but he must have been frustrated not to get on and try and change things. He will be hoping to be reinstated to the side for the derby against Manchester City on Sunday:

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His inclusion would mean that Marcus Rashford would drop to the bench but his inexperience has been obvious in recent weeks. Elsewhere, Antonio Valencia will be looking to start having completed 45 minutes against Liverpool.

Guillermo Varela was turned inside out by Philippe Coutinho for Liverpool’s goal on Thursday and the youngster may benefit from some time out of the limelight.

As for the game itself, it’s a huge derby with a lot riding on it.


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If United were to lose to City on Sunday, then our hopes of somehow snagging a top four finish will pretty much go out of the window.

However if we win then, somehow, we’ll be right back in the mix and give ourselves the opportunity to mount a late push for a Champions League qualification spot.

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Ben graduated with a first-class honours degree in Journalism from the University of Sheffield and he was The Peoples Person's co-editor between March 2015-16. He is now a regular contributor and freelancer.