Shaw was withdrawn from the England squad as a ‘precautionary measure’ with regard to his work-load, whilst Mkhitaryan’s set-back – a nasty knock to the knee picked up against Denmark – is more severe.
Fellaini’s injury, a ‘bad’ back injury picked up against Hull City, is perhaps the most serious. The midfielder hasn’t featured for Belgium during the international break, and is unlikely to play any part against Manchester City.
Lingard has resumed training after recovering from an injury sustained against Leicester City in the Community Shield, but is yet to reach full sharpness ahead of the clash with Guardiola’s side.
The near certain absence of Marouane Fellaini is perhaps Jose Mourinho‘s biggest setback. Alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba, the Belgian has established himself as a necessary part of Manchester United’s new-found vanguard of power, stature and aggression – three important elements when it comes to toppling Guardiola’s possession-based, zonally configured system.
Thankfully, injuries to both Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw don’t appear to be remarkably serious: after all, Shaw’s omission from the England side was strictly precautionary, and the 21-year-old can now solely direct his efforts towards priming himself for the derby.
Mkhitaryan, who has returned to Manchester as well, claimed he was hopeful for a swift return. The Armenian was an astonishingly penetrative, energetic force against Hull, and could prove to be the difference against a regimented Man City back line.