Predicted Manchester United XI vs. Manchester City - Romelu Lukaku in contention

Anthony Martial impressed against Juventus

To date, Sanchez has scored just four times in 28 appearances for the Red Devils, something which has left Jose Mourinho baffled as he searches for answers for the player's drop in form. I think that is untouchable but what is behind [the scenes] I can not say.

But City's preparations for Sunday's derby at the Etihad Stadium have been disrupted by a series of allegations of financial impropriety, which Mourinho addressed at his pre-match news conference.

Manchester City are likely to recall all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero, who was an unused substitute against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

It's not one player for United but rather one position and that's the two centre-backs - if whoever plays at centre-back play well enough they could get a result, if they play as they have been in a lot of the games they could get run ragged.

"I lived in Barcelona for many years and know special derbies against Real Madrid, and in Germany against Borussia Dortmund like this weekend - it's special, I know that, but we have to be focused". We will prepare for the game.

Despite City romping to the title last season their campaign was checked by a home loss to United in April, Guardiola's men surrendering a 2-0 lead to collapse following a Paul Pogba double in a game in which victory would have secured the league on the day.

If City win they will be 12 points ahead of United, but Guardiola, who will be without Kevin De Bruyne, added: "Win or lose they are not out of it".

Mourinho said: "We played two hard matches away against two very good teams in Chelsea and Juventus and we managed to get good results".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on United: "No doubt they've improved. But you are right, Manchester City is a very powerful team".

"I am not living outside so I know it's important". "Just think about the match".

"So if we keep conceding goals before the opponent we will arrive at the day where we can not come back so we have to make sure that we grow up, not just in our approach, but also in our compactness in order to start matches well".

"Lukaku is training with the team [on Friday], if this answer is positive and we have of course one more session [on Saturday]", Mourinho said.

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