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Bravo debut for Blues

I CLAUDIO: Bravo heads out for training

I CLAUDIO: Bravo heads out for training

Claudio Bravo will make his debut in the Manchester derby.

Pep Guardiola said he had no qualms about giving the Chilean his debut at Old Trafford and he’s been as good as his word.

Team:

Bravo, Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Silva (c), Nolito, De Bruyne, Sterling, Iheanacho

Bench: Caballero, Zabaleta, Fernando, Navas, Sane, Clichy, A Garcia

CITY XI: Starting XI and bench

Possible tactics:

City’s fluid formation will see plenty of interchanging throughout but expect Raheem Sterling and Nolito to move positions throughout.

Skipper David Silva and Fernandinho look likely to play deeper with Kevin De Bruyne in the No.10 role.

John Stones is likely to pit his wits with Zlatan Ibrahimovic while Leroy Sane starts on the bench.

Battles to be won:

Fernandinho will need to out-muscle Marouane Fellaini in the engine room and the Blues will aim to bypass Paul Pogba as much as possible.

Bacary Sagna could to be up against international team-mate Anthony Martial at some point today – probably why he’s got the nod over Pablo Zabaleta this afternoon.

Big afternoon for Kelechi

Kelechi Iheanacho is up against Bailly and Blind this afternoon - the young Nigerian needs to snap up any chances that fall his way and be strong in possession.

United starting XI and bench:

UNITED XI: Starting line-up

 

What the Media Says

Media City: The view from the other side

MOURINHO: The United comes up against old foe Pep Guardiola this weekend

This morning, the footballing world is transfixed on one topic: derby day.

Saturday's 12.30pm kick-off at Old Trafford could, indeed, be the most watched Premier League game of all time (more of that later) and it has more than enough sub-plots to keep the scribes happy.

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KDB: We will control our emotions

KDB ON UTD: De Bruyne on the 172nd Manchester derby

It’s arguably the most eagerly anticipated Manchester derby for four seasons but Kevin De Bruyne emphasises that there only three points at stake in Saturday’s showdown.

Despite his modest years, the Belgian playmaker is a veteran of derby days in a number of leagues and knows how foolish it can be to let the heart rule the head on occasions such as these.

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