Manchester City will make their way to Old Trafford to take on Manchester rival United in Premier League’s super Sunday clash.
With Sergio Aguero sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Manuel Pellegrini turned to Wilfried Bony in attack for the visit of Bournemouth last weekend. Bony looks set to assume the forward role once again at Old Trafford following his brace in last week’s victory.
The City boss rolled out a 4-4-2 formation with Kevin de Bruyne stationed on the left, Raheem Sterling partnering Bony up front, and Jesus Navas coming in on the right for the stricken David Silva.
Yaya Toure also replaced Fernando in central midfield after overcoming a hamstring problem.
In defence, Bacary Sagna returned to the side at left-back in place of the injured Kolarov, with Zabaleta retaining the right-back berth. Kolarov has now recovered from the knock which saw him miss out against the Cherries and will hope for a recall to the side, with Sagna or Zabaleta making way.
Elsewhere in defence, Vincent Kompany was an unused substitute last weekend though came off the bench against Sevilla in midweek and now looks primed to return to the starting XI, ahead of either Eliaquim Mangala or Nicolas Otamendi.
Pellegrini may also look to start Toure in the number ten role at Old Trafford, with Sterling and De Bruyne occupying the flanks, allowing Fernando to partner Fernandinho in a more defensive minded centre midfield pairing.
Samir Nasri sidelined due to a hamstring injury while Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph remain on the treatment table for the Sky Blues along with Aguero and Silva.
Having said this, here is how Pellegrini is expected to line-up his side against Manchester United.