With Manchester City already developing an almost unassailable lead at the division’s summit, the Manchester Derby this weekend is not only the most important fixture in Manchester United’s season so far but also the 2017/18 Premier League season.
In a nutshell, if United don’t win this weekend it will be incredibly difficult for anybody to catch the Citizens, even if there will still be more than 20 games left to go, and the feeling of inevitability surrounding the title race will only further grow.
Accordingly, it’s vital Jose Mourinho gets his team selection spot on at Old Trafford this Sunday and perhaps the biggest points of contention are in attack. Romelu Lukaku has scored just twice in his last 13 games while Anthony Martial has averaged a goal or assist every 64 minutes in the top flight and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has returned from a lengthy injury.
Then there’s the not-so-small matter of Marcus Rashford, United’s 20-year-old forward whose stunning rise owes much to a goal in the Manchester derby during the early stages of his senior career. Local-born academy products always tend to bring that extra few percent into derby games, so would you start the England international – who Transfermarkt value at £27million – this weekend?
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