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Manchester United host rival Manchester City

Manchester United host rival Manchester City

Manchester United host rival Manchester City

Manchester United host rival Manchester City

Manchester United’s Raphael Varane will be out for a month after injuring his hamstring

against Atalanta on Tuesday.

Fellow defender Victor Lindelof missed that game with a minor injury and will be monitored, while

Paul Pogba is serving a three-match ban.

Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte is suspended following his red card against Crystal Palace.

His absence is likely to mean John Stones starts just his second league game of the season.

City will assess full-back Kyle Walker, who was substituted against Club Bruges on Wednesday after suffering

what manager Pep Guardiola called “a kick on his foot”.

In theory, the 186th Manchester derby is set up to go the way of many recent ones, with eight of the last 11 ending

in away wins. City are a better oiled, smoother-running machine, with all of their parts generally working well together.

The 36-year-old footballer wouldn’t be able to consistently do the things Cristiano Ronaldo keeps on doing, including effectively

‘carrying’ one of the world’s biggest clubs.

He scored in the last derby he played in, a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in which Carlos Tevez got the other before jumping ship,

against a City team whose biggest star was Robinho – or possibly Stephen Ireland.

United’s win over Tottenham last weekend was a good result but Spurs were absolutely hopeless. Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with

Atalanta was a better gauge of where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are at as a team.

It was United’s ‘big three’ of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes who did for Tottenham and scored

in the Champions League too, but they shipped some bad goals in Italy and I can’t see them keeping City quiet.

Manchester United and Manchester City are the best team in English Premier League.