Injuries & Suspensions Force Changes- Possible Manchester United Lineup vs Manchester City

Injuries & Suspensions Force Changes- Possible Manchester United Lineup vs Manchester City

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After being forced to play Michael Carrick at centre back due to a back injury suffered by Rio Ferdinand, David Moyes faces a last minute decision as to who he uses to accompany Phil Jones against their city rivals.

Johnny Evans is the nearest to being fit and he will undergo a late fitness test prior to the game. Vidic is suspended and Smalling is still out, although he was still out at 3am two nights ago when he was witnessed singing Man Utd songs outside a nightclub, looking slightly worse for wear.

Fletcher has to start, he hasn’t been used anywhere near enough since his return but every time he has featured, he’s answered all the questions he has been posed. With Kagawa, Rooney and Mata, United looked potent going forward in comparison to recent months and it would seem like they are the obvious choice for United going forward.

Welbeck could get the nod ahead of Ashley Young and Valencia, Welbeck’s work rate and tireless running will be exactly what United need as they try to stem the creativity that comes from David Villa.

David Moyes needs to work out how to stop Yaya Toure. He has been at the centre of everything Manchester City have done this season and has sometimes single handedly carried his side through some tough moments. City will be hoping that he continues his fine form into this crucial midweek game, while with Fletcher snapping around his heels, Moyes will hope he can do enough to keep him quiet.




  1. How to stop Toure? Put Fellaini on him. Welbeck has a great attitude but his first touch always lets him down and he attempts too many “heroic” passes that do not find the target; but he is better then Young. Let’s hope Moyes keeps Cleverley, Young and Smalling on the bench.
    Since Man U have no chance of winning this match, it would be fun to play Buttner (instead of Evra) and replace Welbeck with Nani at the 60 minute mark.
    Man U should just have fun against Man City and against Bayern as they will not win any of these three games and if they truly want to finish in 5th; then they must steamroll over Aston Villa, Newcastle, Hull, Norwich and Sunderland. The only tough match left is the April 20th match against Everton.
    Unless Tottenham (Liverpool) and Everton (Arsenal, Man U + Man City) implode – Man U will finish in 7th place.
    Of the three teams, Everton have the most difficult EPL fixtures, Man U have the distraction of Bayern and Tottenham have the easiest road to the finish line. It may be possible for Man U to catch Everton for 6th place, but not Tottenham for 5th place.