Manchester United come into Sunday with a well documented list of players out injured. Phil Jones, Falcao, and Wayne Rooney are all questionable for the match, but will hopefully be available.
On the blue side of the pitch there is a chance that David Silva and Yaya Toure will be able to return following midweek injuries in their Capital One Cup match.
Manchester United has started to show signs of progress even if their last two matches resulted in draws. The fact that they are beginning to score late goals is a good sign for them.
It will be interesting to see how van Gaal sets his team out this time and I’m expecting another tactical match from him. Marouane Fellaini has put in good performances in the last two games and will most likely start again this weekend, especially with Ander Herrera still struggling to return to fitness from his broken ribs.
Betting Odds via Bovada:
Manchester City win: 5/6; 1.83
Draw: 11/4; 3.75
Manchester United win: 13/4; 4.25
Pick: This match could go either way. After all, it is a derby. I’m predicting that Wayne Rooney will start and Falcao will be on the bench. Rooney has been deadly against Manchester City and will likely score again. This is a match that could be a massive boost for Manchester United with a result of any kind, but especially from a win. Still, Manchester City have a lot of quality players and a deadly attack. If United can win the tactical battle, they will have the upper hand.