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4-2-3-1: United will win the derby with this lightning-fast and aggressive line-up

Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, is anxiously monitoring the fitness of Casemiro as they prepare for a home clash with their neighbors, Manchester City, this Sunday.

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Ten Hag addressed the media at the pre-match press conference and mentioned that the Brazilian player is in a “race against the clock” to be fit for the upcoming fixture.

If Casemiro is available, considering the formidable opponent, the manager might opt to deploy him alongside Sofyan Amrabat. This would involve fielding two robust defensive midfielders, with the aim of disrupting City’s supply routes to their strikers, albeit potentially sacrificing some midfield creativity.

Regarding the defensive lineup, it is unlikely that there will be any changes. Harry Maguire is expected to retain his position following a string of solid performances. He would form the central defensive partnership with Raphael Varane. On the flanks, Diogo Dalot would assume the right-back role, while Sergio Reguilon takes the left-back position. Andre Onana would guard the goal.

Despite Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrell Malacia returning to training, they are not yet match-ready. Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez are still several weeks away from being available for action.

Moving further forward on the field, Antony’s recent form has been subpar. As a result, it is anticipated that Alejandro Garnacho will be given the nod ahead of him, with Marcus Rashford shifting from the left to the right-wing position to accommodate the Argentinian player.

Bruno Fernandes is expected to maintain his role as the number 10, with Rasmus Hojlund leading the attack.

This lineup means there will likely be no place for Mason Mount, and Christian Eriksen may continue in his role as an impact substitute, as seen in recent matches.

Scott McTominay, following a lackluster performance against FC Copenhagen, could find himself on the bench.

Jadon Sancho remains unavailable due to a previous fallout with the manager, which led to his exclusion from the first-team setup.

With these considerations in mind, here is our projected starting XI for the upcoming game:

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