Jose Mourinho is likely to rely on a strong defensive performance from Manchester United to prevent bitter rivals City winning the Premier League title earlier than any team has ever clinched it before.
Liverpool might have rattled the champions-elect with an energetic performance of pressing and clincial finishing but the former Real Madrid manager – who enjoyed many a battle with Pep Guardiola during the pair’s time in La Liga – is more likely to try to spoil the party by parking the bus.
A conservative approach is United’s big-game tactic on the road against the big teams but it is one that has only brought one win in nine trips to face their fellow members of the top six so far under Mourinho.
Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof got the nod last time out against Swansea but it will be a different kettle of fish up against a City side still smarting from their Anfield rattling.
That’s why we asked you whether Eric Bailly – valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt – should return to the United backline and the response was as overwhelming as it can be. 100 per cent of United fans want the Ivorian to be reintroduced in central defence for the 176th Manchester derby.
Check out the full poll results below…