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How Man City should line up against Manchester United in Manchester derby

Man City vs Manchester United in Houston is the Blues tour opener. Who do you think should start for City.

James Robson

It will be fascinating to see if Pep Guardiola names the likes of Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala in his line-up.

Both players are considered surplus to requirements – but if he’s not going to play them, why bring them along in the first place?

Manchester City have not had the benefit of two warm-up games, so it’s fair to assume Manchester United will be the sharper of the sides.

There are still plenty of questions as to how Guardiola will form his attack this season, following the addition of Bernardo Silva and his pursuit of Alexis Sanchez.

Silva is on holiday, so it’s another chance for Sergio Aguero to build on his burgeoning relationship with Gabriel Jesus, which looked so impressive at the end of the season.

James’ XI: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Stones, Kolarov, Toure, Silva, Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero, Jesus.

Stuart Brennan

This might be a Manchester derby, and it might be in front of a stadium-full of curious Texans, but Pep Guardiola needs to give his players some minutes – especially the squad newcomers.

With that in mind, it would be a big statement to give youngsters Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden their first games in a senior team, by starting with one and replacing him with the other at half-time

With a strong front three, Foden and Diaz will have plenty of recipients for their inventiveness, and City fans will get a glimpse of the future.

Ederson and Kyle Walker also need bedding in as soon as possible, with Vincent Kompany holding things together.

Stu’s XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Kompany, Kolarov, De Bruyne, Foden, D. Silva, Jesus, Aguero, Sterling.

Simon Bajkowski

Kompany was excellent alongside Nicolas Otamendi at the back end of last season and the Argentine’s late arrival to the pre-season party should allow John Stones to show what he can do next to the club captain.

New boys Kyle Walker and Ederson pretty much have to come straight into the team, although the former’s replacement at half-time could give a clue as to an emergency right-back.

Guardiola has said he wants to get Jesus and Aguero playing together and the United game is a prime opportunity to try something out. He could go wildly away from the 4-1-4-1 he settled on last season as he looks for the winning formula, but it did serve the team well so I’ll stick with it.

Simon’s XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Jesus, Aguero.

Chris Slater

In some ways it’s a difficult one for City as this is their first pre-season run-out, but no one will want to see them be on the losing side against their biggest rivals and fans will expect the team to be as strong as it can be.

Pep will want to get Ederson and Walker bedded in as soon as possible, as well as giving what will surely be first choice centre-back pairing of Vincent Kompany and John Stones minutes together. Though it would be great to see Tosin Adarabioyo get a run-out at some point.

With Ilkay Gundogan still not 100 percent fit, the Blues will need some industry in midfield in the form of Fernandinho. And Leroy Sane’s form at the of last season means he must surely be a shoe-in alongside the fabulous four of De Buryne, Silva, Aguero and Jesus up top.

Chris’s XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Kompany, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva, Jesus, Aguero


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