Pep Guardiola reveals how Man City should line up vs Manchester United in the derby

Pep Guardiola is set to have an almost-full strength Manchester City squad available to him to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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Pep Guardiola is set to have an almost-full strength Manchester City squad available to him to face Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Eric Garcia is the only definite absentee after hobbling off in the first half of City's Champions League victory over Marseille in midweek.

Rodri missed that match as a precaution but is likely to return, and Ilkay Gundogan - who also came off on Wednesday with an injury - has since trained and is likely to be available.

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Sergio Aguero, who is continuing on the road back to full fitness, won't start, Guardiola says, and is set to be on the bench.

The hardest decision for Guardiola is probably at left-back. 

 

Benjamin Mendy offers unique skills down the left but Joao Cancelo has been one of the standout players since June; both are in promising form but have a defensive wobble in them.

I'd go with Mendy simply because he is a more natural wide player down the left and if Bernardo starts on that flank he is more likely to roam inside. 

 

Nobody has nailed down a place in the attack but I think Bernardo and Riyad Mahrez are the two most in form, and Gabriel Jesus offers some stability in the centre-forward role even if he has not scored for a month.

As long as he is fit, Ilkay Gundogan should start alongside Rodri. They aren't a particularly popular duo but have been together for some of City's biggest wins.

 

At the back, John Stones deserves the nod ahead of Aymeric Laporte if the players are being based on recent performances - as Guardiola has stressed several times they are.

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