City need to bounce back after a harsh and somewhat unexpected defeat against Liverpool and what better way to do so than by beating United and securing the Premier League title.
If Guardiola has time to work his magic between now and Saturday, the sorrow of a 3-0 loss against a rival will be forgotten. Who knows, maybe it will provide such a boost that City will come back and qualify for the next stage of the Champions League by beating Liverpool next week at the Etihad.
There’s not much to interfere with the Citizens’ plan to win the Premier League as early as possible. They are among the last in terms of injured players with 2 right now out of whom, one will most likely be available this Saturday.
Benjamin Mendy – Knee Ligament Injury – he has been out virtually all season and seems likely to play little or no part in the remaining games of the season.
Sergio Aguero – Knee Injury – missed a few games but should be available on Saturday. Even if he does not start, he could be used in the 2nd part of the game as an impact substitute if needed.
United are pretty much in the same situation with Romero being the only one unavailable. His absence will not be noticed as De Gea is definitely the number one pick. Aside from the Argentine goalkeeper, United also have the following two on their injured list:
Daley Blind – Ankle Injury – out since the start of the year but could return on Saturday. Given the importance of the game, he is unlikely to be used after such a long absence.
Phil Jones – Hamstring Injury – out since February. He will also be available this Saturday but just as Blind, is unlikely to be used after quite an extensive injury.
Both teams have an almost full strength squads with a slight advantage for United who will probably be less tired than City given their Champions League game against Liverpool. Despite that, City still remain favorites and are very likely to win the title this weekend.