Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Manchester United’s strength lies in the fact they have so many game changing players now.
Wayne Rooney may come back into United’s side this weekend and given his prolific record in derby matches he could pose a real threat to City but Pellegrini is refusing to focus on his potential return.
The presence of Robin van Persie and Juan Mata, combined with the addition of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao this summer, means United’s attack is far more multi-dimensional than in recent years, something which will make City’s job harder on Sunday.
“We really don’t change our way to play for some player, or other player,” he said.
“We cannot prepare for a game talking about one player. Because after it can happen that he doesn’t play and we have to change all of what we do. We really try to have a style of play every game.
“I am sure Wayne Rooney is one of the important players of Manchester United but I repeat, also other players are very difficult for us.”
Di Maria’s individual performances have been by far and away the best out of United’s attackers so far this season but the likes of Rooney, Falcao, Mata and Van Persie are all capable of changing games in a flash.
There was a time after Cristiano Ronaldo left that taking Rooney out of United’s attack was unthinkable but that isn’t the case any more and going into the derby this weekend, having more than one top class player who is capable of individual moments of brilliance is crucial.