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Predicted Man Utd line-up vs Man City, Casemiro returns

Manchester United will be aiming for a fourth-straight victory when they host Manchester City in the Premier League derby this afternoon.

The Red Devils are currently on 15 points, 11 adrift of leaders Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.

The gap is already significant and they need to win today to keep their title prospects alive.

Ahead of the game, the club have received a boost with Aaron Wan-Bissaka back in the squad following his recovery from a hamstring problem.

Casemiro is doubtful for the derby after twisting his ankle on international duty, but we anticipate him to pass a late fitness test before kick-off.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Predicted Line-up:

Andre Onana has played every minute of the campaign in goal for United. He had a fine evening against Copenhagen in midweek, saving a penalty in the final seconds of the game. It ensured United picked up a much-needed win in the Champions League. The Cameroonian star will be eyeing another clean sheet.

In front of him, it should be the same backline. Wan-Bissaka is back in contention but Diogo Dalot deserves to keep his place at right-back. The Portuguese recently scored the winner at Sheffield United with a stellar effort from the edge of the box.

Sergui Reguilon is likewise expected to start from the left-back role. He made his injury comeback on Tuesday night. Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane will continue in central defence. Maguire is enjoying the best phase of his career.

The Englishman registered the match-winning assist against Brentford before a man of the match performance versus Sheffield on the road. He continued his bright run of form with the winner against Copenhagen in midweek.

In midfield, Casemiro is likely to start in the number six role. Ten Hag has said that he is doubtful but the manager could be playing mind games, considering the Brazilian was spotted in training earlier this week.

Sofyan Amrabat was subbed off at the interval versus Copenhagen after an underwhelming display, but he could keep his place as Ten Hag prefers to go with more defensive assurance in the big matches.

Christian Eriksen was lively in his 45-minute cameo on Tuesday where he registered an assist, but Ten Hag has not started him since September 20. The manager seems to believe he is better off from the bench.

Further forward, we anticipate a solitary change with Antony dropping out. The attacker has started back-to-back games since the international break, but has failed to make any sort of impact.

This could see the reintroduction of Mason Mount in the XI. Mount may slot in the number 10 role which may lead to a positional change for Bruno Fernandes. The captain could move to the right wing.

Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund are nailed-on starters from the left wing and number nine roles respectively. Ten Hag has clearly indicated that he will stick Rashford in the XI despite his lean patch.

How Man Utd could line-up vs Man City

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