Manchester City will seal the Premier League title this evening should they defeat rivals United at the Etihad.
The prospect of winning the league against their fiercest rivals is a tantalising one, though manager Pep Guardiola is mindful of the fact that his side have it all to do in Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter final second leg against Liverpool.
With that in mind, Guardiola has opted to rotate several players for what could be the Premier League decider. Kyle Walker, Gabriel Jesus, Aymeric Laporte, and Kevin De Bruyne are all out, with the likes of Fabian Delph, Danilo, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva all coming in.
How we line-up in the 176th Manchester Derby! ?
City XI | Ederson, Danilo, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo, Silva, Sane, Sterling
Subs | Bravo, Walker, Agüero, Laporte, De Bruyne, Jesus, Yaya Touré
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 7, 2018
It is still a strong side, however, and Sergio Aguero returns to the bench should he be needed. It also suggests that the star striker is in line to start against Liverpool next week.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have named a side designed to not only stop City from winning the title today, but to get the three points for themselves. Paul Pogba starts in a midfield three with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, with Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku starting up front.
Here’s the team news, #MUFC fans!
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 7, 2018