Likely XI: Manchester United vs Manchester City – Kagawa dropped despite impressive performance

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea – Spanish Dave will be a busy boy against Manchester City.

Rafael – He needs to improve his temperament having been rash in the past few games but he’ll start at right-back.

Phil Jones – Jones is United’s only definitely fit centre-back.

Jonny Evans – Evans is the most likely of United’s injured defenders to make a comeback for Tuesday night.

Patrice Evra – Rested at the weekend, the Frenchman will be brought back into the starting line-up against City.

Michael Carrick – Carrick is a certainty to start on Tuesday, hopefully in midfield.

Marouane Fellaini – Perhaps Fellaini’s best performance in a United shirt was against West Ham at the weekend, probably ensuring his place for this huge tie.

Antonio Valencia – Valencia’s good showing in the Champions League last week may have earned him a start on the right side for the match.

Juan Mata – After a good showing at No. 10 at the weekend, Mata will start there again.

Danny Welbeck – Welbeck’s good performance on the left against Olympiacos, combined with a rest from the starting XI at the weekend, mean he should start there against United’s rivals.

Wayne Rooney – With Welbeck on the left and Van Persie injured, Rooney will lead the line on Tuesday.


Formation: 4-2-3-1

Rotation means Welbeck and Valencia will probably come in for Shinji Kagawa and Ashley Young, with Darren Fletcher missing out on a second game in four days.

If United do not have enough centre-backs fit, then expect Michael Carrick to drop back there with Tom Cleverley or Ryan Giggs coming in to midfield.


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