Three wins in a row have fired Manchester United back into contention for a place in the top four of the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s side take on rivals Manchester City at Etihad and starting the game just one point behind Pep Guardiola’s team, making it four wins in a row would put them in pole position for a place in the UEFA Champions League.
United followed up the surprise 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford with a 3-0 win against Burnley. Just three points behind Liverpool in third, the away side could move level with Jurgen Klopp’s team and still have a game in hand.
Both Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba were doubts for Thursday’s game, but José Mourinho confirmed on Wednesday that the Spaniard was fit and available, but his record-breaking French midfielder was out.
Antonio Valencia was rested against Burnley, but Mourinho revealed he will play, saying, “we go with what we have and we fight with what we have,” when asked about the Ecuadorian’s availability.
The Portuguese coach was already without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
Anthony Martial should start on the left after his superb game against Burnley, and the forward line, due to the injuries, almost picks itself. Marcus Rashford is set to head the attack, with his good friend Jesse Lingard on the right and Henrikh Mkhitaryan playing through the centre.
Mourinho has a decision to make a left-back. Luke Shaw could be called upon to deal with pace down the flanks, but Matteo Darmian is an option, but the experience of Ashley Young would provide extra experience.
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