Right then. Today’s order of business. One, beat Manchester City, a team that have lost only once in the league all season, and not at all at home. Two, by doing so, ensure that the Premier League title does not get awarded to the other lot at the end of a Manchester derby. And three, follow on from Liverpool’s win in the Champions League and precipitate a full-blown crisis in Pep Guardiola’s champions elect, ensuring that they don’t win a single more game all season, gifting United the title. Easy peasy. Right?
We pretty much know what we’ll get from Mourinho: United will sit deep and look to spring City on the break. The big unknown is City: after that 3-0 demolition at Anfield, where are their heads? Where is the head of their manager? And what line-up is he going pick? The logic of the table and the calendar suggest he should pick the kids, but surely a derby warrants a full-strength side?
As for United’s line-up, the big question is, as ever, will Paul Pogba be trusted with a start? He played 90 minutes against Swansea last weekend, but a relegation candidate at home is a rather different prospect to the league leaders away. TBB hopes we’ll see him on the pitch, but expects to see him on the bench.
Premier League schedule
We kickoff at 17:30 local time, which translates to a perfectly acceptable 12:30 on the east coast of the USA, and a positively luxurious 9:30 in the morning over on the west.
Premier League TV channel
You’ll need Sky Sports Main Event or Sky Sports Premier League in the UK, and NBC in the USA. For everybody else, livesoccertv.com should sort you out.
Premier League streaming
SkyGo in the UK, NBC Sports Live in the USA.
Prediction: David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young; Nemanja Matic, Marouane Fellaini, Scott McTominay; Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez.
Update: 9 out of 11. Solid effort from Andi.
On the other side, Guardiola has made four changes from the side that lost on Wednesday.
How we line-up in the 176th Manchester Derby!— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 7, 2018
City XI | Ederson, Danilo, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo, Silva, Sane, Sterling
Subs | Bravo, Walker, Agüero, Laporte, De Bruyne, Jesus, Yaya Touré
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