Man United XI vs Man City: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.
Subs: Romero, Fosu-Mensah, Valencia, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Memphis.
Fans had been calling for Schneiderlin to start for the last few weeks and we finally now see the terrible Fellaini and Carrick partnership broken up.
Van Gaal deciding to drop Varela from the match day squad altogether following his mistake against Liverpool seems very harsh but that’s his style of man management.
Here is Man City’s starting XI: Hart, Sagna, Demichelis, Mangala, Clichy, Fernandinho, Toure (C), Navas, Sterling, Silva, Aguero
We’ve got no excuses to not be putting that defence under serious pressure from the first whistle and we’ve got enough in attack to get plenty of chances.
That City team is far from infallible but can United turn it around at the Etihad?