Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted Kevin De Bruyne could be deployed in a central striker role in the derby at Old Trafford.
De Bruyne has been an instant hit at City since signing from Wolfsburg this summer and has proven to be their saviour on numerous occasions, most recently in the Champions League against Sevilla. It still remains to be seen if he is their answer to the their striker problem, as the Sky Blues come into the game riddled with injuries.
Both Sergio Aguero and David Silva are unavailable for Pellegrini as he looks to keep his side above Manchester United in the Premier League table. The absence of two of the sides most important players could bring about a reshuffle and the manager has hinted that his Belgian starlet could be the one to lead the line if needed.
“Last season we had a lot of different ways to play. When our strikers were injured, we played with [midfielder James] Milner [in attack] and scored goals,” Pellegrini said.
“We can play in different ways and we can win. Kevin De Bruyne is not a striker, but he could play as a striker if we need him to.”
Man United will be delighted should their opponents take the field on Sunday with De Bruyne as their central striker. Many feel the physicality of Wilfried Bony could cause some problems for the Reds back four, especially with De Bruyne assisting him form the No.10 role. However, deploying De Bruyne up front could play right into United’s hands, as the 24-year-old will be playing with his back to goal rather than attacking it himself.
De Bruyne has shown just how good a player he is already at City, both creating and scoring goals. That could all be taken away if he plays up front and United will want to take advantage with a win in front of their home fans.