Manchester United welcome arch rivals City to Old Trafford for the crunch Premier League derby this Saturday.

Not only will the highly-anticipated match see Pep Guardiola renew his rivalry with Jose Mourinho but the biggest stars in European football will take to the pitch.

Here, Sportsmail lists a combined XI for Saturday lunchtime’s crunch clash.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his Manchester United team-mates are preparing to clash with City 


David de Gea – Goalkeeper

The best goalkeeper in English football, if not Europe, and a real factor in United even coming close to finishing in the top four during that awful final season under Louis van Gaal.

Signed a new four-year contract at Old Trafford 12 months ago and it’s key for United that De Gea stays when approaching his peak years.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea (centre) has been a star performer for his side

Bacary Sagna – Right back 

The Frenchman was not away with his country during the international break as he recovered from a hamstring injury. Sagna was back in training at the City Football Academy on Monday and hopes to win his place back ahead of Pablo Zabaleta, who returned from South America on Thursday.

Started Guardiola’s first match in charge against Sunderland before injury hit and his defensive capabilities edge out Antonio Valencia in this XI.

Bacary Sagna (left), the City right back, is hoping to make his return from injury this weekend

John Stones – Centre back 

His biggest test in a City shirt to date but Guardiola has been impressed with Stones’ start after a £47.5million move from Everton.

Looks more defensively assured than at Goodison Park last year and it is crucial to City’s style of play that he breaks out into midfield.

John Stones, a £47.5million arrival from Everton, has already shown glimpses of star potential

Eric Bailly – Centre back 

His and Daley Blind’s form has been keeping Chris Smalling out of the United side thus far, a big compliment for the youngster.

There weren’t many who knew much about Bailly when he signed for £30m from Villarreal but his strong performances have already made him a cult figure among United supporters.

Eric Bailly (right) has hit the ground running since arriving at United for £30m this summer

Luke Shaw – Left back 

The left back has proved what a big miss he was to United last season with a string of solid displays. Should be OK to start despite travelling home from the England squad after feeling an ache to the leg he broke this time last year, but it’s thought he will come through training feeling no ill-effects.

Luke Shaw (right) has proved what a big miss he was last season with a string of solid displays

Fernandinho – Centre midfield 

A number of City supporters did not include the Brazilian in their Derby XI on the local paper’s website this week but Fernandinho is a key man for Guardiola.

Will be interesting to see whether he drops back defensively once Ilkay Gundogan is fully fit, yet for now, his power in midfield sees him get the nod ahead of Marouane Fellaini.

Fernandinho goes about his business quietly but is a key man for new City manager Guardiola

Paul Pogba – Centre midfield 

You cannot leave the world’s most expensive player out of this team. Graceful on the ball, hard in the tackle and the sort of vision we’ve only yet seen glimpses of, Pogba is going to have a huge say in whether United can lift the title this season.

Not hit the heights of Juventus just yet but this sort of game is one he could really announce himself to the Premier League.

Paul Pogba (left), the world's most expensive player, has not hit heights of Juventus just yet

David Silva – Centre midfield 

There are a few who look reborn in the opening weeks – Aleksandar Kolarov certainly one – but perhaps none more so than Silva. Operating from a deeper role, the Spaniard is carrying the ball more often rather than waiting for others and that gives him the space to pick holes ahead for runners.

His quality has never been in doubt but did struggle at times with Manuel Pellegrini last season. Now we are watching the sort of ingenuity seen the seasons previous.

David Silva struggled at times with Manuel Pellegrini last season but has impressed this term

Kevin De Bruyne – Right wing 

By his own admission, he has not motored out of the blocks this campaign but even so, he is still chipping in with assists. Had his role slightly redefined, as have many others, and that will take time to manufacture properly.

De Bruyne is blockbuster though, as evidenced during a stunning campaign last season – it won’t be long until that comes back.

Kevin De Bruyne (left) enjoyed a stunning debut campaign at Manchester City last season 

Raheem Sterling – Left wing 

Guardiola’s biggest achievement so far. Sterling’s two goals against West Ham will have served as a huge boost to his confidence but in truth he’d already shown that a corner had been turned.

Is infinitely more threatening when cutting inside, while he was not afforded that licence to roam following last summer’s switch from Liverpool. May even play through the middle on Saturday.

Raheerm Sterling's two goals against West Ham  served as a huge boost to his confidence

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Striker

This decision is certainly made easier with the absence of Sergio Aguero! The Argentine is suspended after elbowing Winston Reid last month, which means Ibrahimovic takes this place unchallenged.

The Swede has hit the ground running in England, with four goals so far and he might have added more away at Hull City. A big imposing figure and would give this team added swagger, the sort of which United were crying out for post-Louis van Gaal.

Former Sweden star Ibrahimovic has hit the ground running in England, with four goals so far


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