Following a brilliant and much needed win against Tottenham Hotspur, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United travelled a short distance to the Etihad to face rivals City in the Manchester Derby.
United were facing a greater challenge than on Wednesday, but Pep Guardiola’s side going to the match had been plagued with varying defensive issues and needed a win as much as if not more so if they were to reduce the gap between themselves and League leaders Liverpool.
City set up in their usual 4-1-4-1, with John Stones and Fernandinho as the centre-backs; Fernandinho has started as a centre-back in every league game he has played this season. Gabriel Jesus started up front and was flanked by Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling.
United once again started in a 4-2-3-1 shape, with Jesse Lingard linking midfield and attack. This time however oversaw Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial replace Ashley Young and Mason Greenwood respectively. Daniel James would retain the width on the right side.