Early team news for the Manchester derby – Man City v Man Utd, 7 March 2021



We travel to the Etihad sitting second in the table and will look to close the gap with victory in the derby on Sunday.

The boss made four changes to his side for the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Wednesday and among them was Eric Bailly, who came in for Victor Lindelof in defence.

The Swede was an unused substitute against the Eagles as he manages a recurring back issue and while Ole was tight-lipped in his post-match press conference about who might partner skipper Harry Maguire against City, he was hopeful Victor would be among his options.

“Victor struggled with his back, you know when he plays on a Sunday night, that was a demanding game, he did really well and I didn’t want to play him if I didn’t have to and Eric is more than capable and he’s played really and he’s played really well tonight as well,” he said.

“So [I’ll make a] decision on Sunday, I’m not giving [it] you now. Hopefully Victor’s back is OK, [now] that he’s had that rest that he needs.”



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