It's not looking good on the players front, Pogba looking set to miss out, Valencia doubtful and in that case we're down to a 16 man first team squad. Willock is being drafted in. I'd be happy with a decent performance and draw. We do have the fire power to bother that City back four tho, so you never know, derby innit.
Looking forward to this, City coming into it after a long old match with Arsenal that ended in defeat and we've had a pretty good week result wise but all this goes out of the window in a Derby.
Pogba reportedly out, I'm not sure how Mourinho will go for this one but maybe something similar to the Chelsea game with Rashford and Lingard bamboozling the City backline. Martial a little unlucky to miss out but I think Jose will have already decided his team beforehand.
Manchester United’s 19-man squad, as per the Manchester Evening News:
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.
Martial was acting on instruction, so you can't really point the finger. Mourinho did what all the smart managers do when they realise they don't have the quality of players to make a proper game of it, they defend first, kill the game and try to play on the counter. If there's one thing Jose is the best at, it's that.
My beef is when he comes out with; 'We played for the draw due to lack of midfield quality' - having seen the complete lack of squad rotation all season and the gross misuse and sale of schneiderlin and schweinsteiger, it's too much for me.
It's typical Mourinho, he'd have played the same way regardless.
As for the match it was utter turd, we just sat deep and City were just pass, pass, pass and pass again. Perhaps it was just one too many games for the both of us. Fellaini isn't good enough for a match of this size and he is also a complete moron.
... Let's move on, Swansea up next and we must win.
Sorry, but I don't think Jose told Martial to run always into blind alleys and lose the ball or to constantly pass the ball either into no mans land or to the opposition ! He is one footed and predictable to the extreme.