Manchester United vs Manchester City 11/12/2017
Romelu Lukaku got on the scoresheet in Man Utd’s 2-1 comeback win over CSKA Moscow in midweek. It was only the big Belgian’s second goal since September 30, and he will be eager to test his game against the might of Man City.
On the line is Man Utd’s 40-match unbeaten home record in all competitions. The last team to leave Old Trafford with victory? That’s their noisy neighbours, who grinded out a 2-1 win in September 2016, also the first managerial battle between old foes Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho on English soil.
There’s a small sign that City’s irresistible league run – 13 straight wins as of now – might encounter strong headwind ahead. They have won by the scoreline of 2-1 in three straight league matches, the last two settled by a late goal. In midweek, they also tasted defeat for the first time this season, a 2-1 loss at Shakhtar Donetsk, although that pretty much was a dead rubber.
Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic are fit for this showdown, but Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick will have to sit it out. Paul Pogba is the biggest loss as the Frenchman serves the first of his three-match suspension for his sending off against Arsenal.
Man City are at full strength, although captain Vincent Kompany is doubtful after complaining of an unknown injury.