The first Manchester derby of the season is less than 24 hours away. Premier League leaders (ugh) Manchester City take a short trip across the city to Old Trafford to face second place Manchester United on Sunday. United’s talisman and best outfield player Paul Pogba is suspended for the match due to a red card picked up against Arsenal last weekend, when Hector Bellerin recklessly threw his leg under our Paul’s boot. What a scoundrel.
The good news is that Nemanja Matić will play. Zlatan Ibrahimović and Phil Jones are available as well. Ander Herrera is the obvious choice - and perhaps the only other fit senior midfielder anyway - to partner the Serbian in midfield. But is another body needed in the middle of the park? Scott McTominay could well get a surprise start in the biggest test of his career so far, unless Marouane Fellaini passes a late fitness test.
Up front, Romelu Lukaku is the only player guaranteed of his place in attack, but who will partner him? Anthony Martial is bang in form at the moment, as is Jesse Lingard. Marcus Rashford ended his goal drought in midweek, and Juan Mata finally broke out of his recent malaise with an encouraging display. If Mourinho opts for an attacking formation, any three of those four could line up behind Lukaku.
Alternatively, Mourinho could line up in the 3-4-1-2 formation that reaped rewards against Watford and Arsenal. Whose place in the backline would Jones take if he regains his place?
Let us know your thoughts on tactics, and your predicted formation in the comments.