Manchester United prepares to take on Manchester City this weekend in a derby match at the Etihad Stadium as the English Premier League resumes.
United are second in the league table, 14 points behind Man City. They come into this game with a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace in the last game week.
Early team news for the Manchester derby
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Dean Henderson will be available to start for United in the absence of David De Gea, who missed the last match due to personal reasons.
He said: “I can’t really say about David, it’s, of course, a private matter. Dean is ready if he’s called upon.”
The manager also hopes Anthony Martial will be fit to play in the derby. Martial sustained an injury in the training ground on Monday.
Pep hails special City squad as derby challenge looms
Man City are the league leaders with an unbeaten run of 21 games so far. Pep Guardiola hailed his players ahead of the derby, saying they are a hungry lot.
“I had incredibly hungry teams in my career, lucky to be together in Barcelona and Bayern. To do what we’ve done in these four years, still winning … these guys have something special,” Guardiola told reporters.
“It comes from themselves. It comes from inside, trying to win, to collaborate with mates, to do the best we can. Now it’s nice because we win. All the theories we do, the nice things they’re saying is just for one reason. Because we win.
“The smell when we win is so beautiful. But when we lose, the perspective will be calm.”
The cytizens will be coming into this game with a 4-1 win against Wolves extending their unbeaten run.
Guardiola is delighted to welcome back Nathan Ake after missing ten premier league games due to an injury. He is now available for selection.
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