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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. Davies' side haven't played since their 5-1 demolition of Derby County in the Premier League Cup on 19 December and the boss believes his side are fully prepared.
He said: "It's been a very good first half of the season but the great thing about football at this level is there are always things to work on in order for us to improve.
"Over the break some players have had chance to go and see family, which is important, but we've been working hard in training and we're ready for Manchester United."
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Having prepared over Christmas for Monday's match, Davies is expecting his players to be ready for one of their biggest matches of the season.
"The Manchester derby is another big experience for the players and one they will have to rise to. We know they're a good side after our draw earlier in the season so travelling there won't be easy."
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.