Manchester United’s biggest Premier League game left this season finds José Mourinho’s men limping into the Manchester derby. Paul Pogba is the latest to fall victim to injury, and he joins (*deep breath*) Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Phil Jones, and Chris Smalling on the sidelines. Eesh. At least Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia are available again. The Manchester Evening News have confirmed the 19 man traveling squad:
David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Joel Pereira; Antonio Valencia, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera; Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney.
Manchester City are not quite as banged up, but they have injury issues of their own. Playmaker David Silva is likely to miss out, and “defender” John Stones is a doubt as well. Gabriel Jesus may be in line for a return from injury, but will almost surely only be fit enough to make the bench.
A win for United will take them above their neighbors in the table, and a win by 3 or more goals will take them up to the giddy heights of third place, past Liverpool on goal difference. Given the injuries, and the fact that the Europa League is now the clear priority, any kind of result will have to do.
HOW TO WATCH
When: 20:00 UK, 3:00 PM on the east coast, high noon on the west
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Television: Sky Sports 1 in the UK. Over in the US, you'll want NBCSN or Telemundo. Everybody else, head on over to LiveSoccerTV to find your viewing options.
Streaming: Sky Go has you covered here, as does NBC Sports Live and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo.