Manchester United’s Harry Maguire is expected to recover in time from an ankle injury suffered in training.
Axel Tuanzebe is fit again, but Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have not trained this week and will be assessed.
Kevin de Bruyne remains a doubt with the back problem that caused him to miss Manchester City’s win over Sheffield Wednesday.
De Bruyne is due to train on Saturday, with manager Pep Guardiola saying: “He’s not perfect but he feels better”.
Leroy Sane is nearing a return from his seven-month knee injury absence but will again miss out.
Guymowbray: Six of the past seven Manchester derbies have been won by the away team, while there have only been two home wins in the last 12.
It’s a trend that may extend, with City looking in fine fettle again – curiously ever since UEFA announced their European ban.
When they won impressively at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup in January (before the ban), they did it ‘without strikers’ – repeated at Real Madrid last month. Should United expect a similar Pep plan this time?
To (and on the) counter, two of United’s most impressive performances of the season have been at City and they’re in good form now.
Nine games unbeaten is their best run since going 11 without defeat after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.
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