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Simon Davies’ side sit second in the table behind Everton whereas their opponents in the 7pm kick-off at Leigh Sports Village will begin in eighth.
Having suffered only two defeats so far this season, City will go into the match full of confidence but who could make the difference?
City’s diminutive Spaniard has been shuffled around the pitch a lot this season but it hasn’t dampened his influence on the side.
Whether up top on his own, out on the wing or in the centre of midfield, the 17-year-old always finds a way to have a creative impact for Simon Davies’ team.
No matter what position he lines up on Monday, he’ll almost certainly come in to contact with United defender and captain Axel Tuanzebe.
The athletic and pacey centre-back protects his goal with an uncomplicated style that has seen him earn severall call-ups to United’s first team squad this season.
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Two creative midfielders who are often the heartbeat of their side but who will create more on Monday?
Fernandes, October’s Player of the Month in the Premier League 2, needs no second invitation to take a shot or drill a cross into the box. Harrop, more noted for his discipline and dynamic running off the ball, can make the difference for United and City are aware of his talents.
Although City’s Premier League 2 side are challenging at the top of the table and Lee Carsley’s U18s are unbeaten, they have still been putting in the hard yards in training over the festive period.
City’s last match was the 5-1 thrashing of Derby County on the 19 December and they won’t play again until the trip to Manchester United on the 9 January.
The 18-year-old winger was in fine form at Pride Park as City recorded their first Premier League Cup points of the season with a 5-1 victory.