Manchester City have this evening revealed their starting lineup to take on Manchester United, with a couple of key names rested ahead of the Sky Blues’ return clash with Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals next week.
The Manchester derby is set to take place at the Etihad from 5.30pm, with the Citizens heading into proceedings a massive 16 points clear of 2nd-placed United in the English top-flight table.
As such, as has been widely covered in the media ahead of kick-off, 3 points for the hosts would see Pep Guardiola’s men clinch the Premier League title in the most fairytale manner imaginable, courtesy of a victory over their fierce inner-city rivals.
Much of the pre-match discussion over the last couple of days has surrounded how City would line up for today’s clash, with the knowledge that they will require a stunning turnaround to overturn their 3-goal deficit versus Liverpool in the Champions League next week.
Pep Guardiola suggested that some of the club’s stars would be rested, and he has followed through on this claim, though perhaps not to quite the extent that many had foreseen.
Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker have to make do with a place on the bench, while there is also no room in the starting XI of the Citizens for either Gabriel Jesus or the returning Sergio Aguero:
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
Manchester United, meanwhile, line up as follows:
Here’s the team news, #MUFC fans!
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 7, 2018