Confirmed starting XI: Manchester United vs Manchester City

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Rojo; Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Herrera; Mata, Rooney, Martial

Subs: Romero, Blind, Darmian, Carrick, Lingard, Memphis, Fellaini

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has named a strong starting XI to face Manchester City this afternoon.

Juan Mata returns to the side after being rested against CSKA Moscow last time out, meaning there is no room for Jesse Lingard.

Ander Herrera keeps his place after an impressive showing against Everton last week, while Anthony Martial starts on the left wing.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, meanwhile, will be hopeful of continuing what looks to be a fruitful partnership in the middle of the park.

A win against City would send a real statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League and the visitors will be without David Silva and Sergio Aguero for the clash. Vincent Kompany, however, starts for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

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