The Reds need to respond after the 4-0 loss
to Everton on Sunday, but face a City side
who are gunning for a second successive title.
A home win could derail those hopes and
would strengthen our top-four aspirations,
which were boosted over the weekend with
all three rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and
Tottenham Hotspur dropping points.
Here is what you need to know ahead of the
WHAT’S THE TEAM NEWS?
Luke Shaw is back from suspension and looks
certain to start at left-back, but Phil Jones
sustained an injury at Everton and may miss
Wednesday’s match. Ander Herrera, Eric
Bailly and Antonio Valencia have been out of
action for several weeks, but Alexis Sanchez
is now back in the fold after recovering from
a knee problem. For the visitors, manager
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that City will be
without Kevin De Bruyne at Old Trafford.
Asked in his pre-match press conference
about the influential Belgian, the City boss
“I don’t know. It’s a muscular problem
we will see in next days how he will do but
tomorrow, no.”The visitor’s only other
injury concern is back-up keeper Claudio
Bravo, who is a long-term absentee.
HOW GOOD ARE CITY?
The Blues are in outstanding form but their
hopes of a quadruple were dashed when
Tottenham Hotspur eliminated them from
the Champions League last week. Our
neighbours have already won the Carabao
Cup and will face Watford in the Emirates FA
Cup final at Wembley Stadium next month.
In the league, City have not dropped a point
since a shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United
in January, winning 10 games on the trot.
Their most recent three points came against
Spurs as they avenged the European exit with
a 1-0 victory last Saturday, thanks to Phil
Foden’s early header.
WHAT IS THE CONTEXT OF THE GAME?
City know if they keep their current run
going, they will win the league. However,
Liverpool are also on a fine run and are
waiting in the wings to profit from any slip-
Indeed, the Merseysiders are currently top of
the table, having played a game more. For
United, our aim is simple – to get into the top
four. Yet the heavy loss at Everton has placed
even greater importance on pulling off a win
in the derby, in order to boost our hopes of
playing in next season’s Champions League.
WHAT’S OUR RECORD LIKE IN THE DERBY?
The Reds have won 72 times, drawn 52
games and lost 52 others. We triumphed in a
classic derby 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium last
season, postponing the home side’s title
celebrations despite trailing 2-0 at the break.
At Old Trafford, our form has not been good –
despite a Juan Mata goal sealing a League
Cup victory in October 2016. A 4-2 success
in April 2015, with Ashley Young, Marouane
Fellaini, Mata and Chris Smalling on the
scoresheet, was the last time we took three
points from a home fixture.
WHO’S THE REFEREE?
Andre Marriner will take charge of what is
surely set to be a hotly contested encounter.
The experienced official has overseen three
United matches this season – the last of which
was January’s 2-0 victory at Newcastle –
however, this will be the first Manchester
derby that the 48-year-old has overseen
Marriner will be assisted by Scott Ledger and
Simon Long, while Craig Pawson will assume
the role of fourth official.