Manchester United are not in a great spot right now. They are in the middle of a difficult race to finish in the top four of the Premier League. On top of that, they suffered early eliminations from both the FA Cup and the League Cup. And the Champions League is their only remaining hope of ending their four-season trophyless streak, which could easily extend to five this time around.
Thus, heading into the Manchester Derby, it is safe to say that Pep Guardiola’s side are the favourites, as has been the case in most of these games in recent years.
But then, one can never count Manchester United out. Despite The Citizens’ dominance over the English game in recent years, the Red Devils’ record against them is not bad at all.
Player for player though, it looks like Gary Neville does not feel that even one of Manchester United’s stars would get into Guardiola’s starting XI right now. As reported by The Sun, he told LADbible:
"“I can be really honest about it, I can go through them.“[Ruben] Dias, [Aymeric] Laporte, [Joao] Cancelo, [Kyle] Walker – they’re better than all of United’s back four.“Midfield, Fernandinho and Rodri are better than United’s holding midfield players.“Bernardo Silva, [Ilkay] Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne… Bruno [Fernandes] is the only one that I think could, over the last 12 to 18 months.“But De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, [Riyad] Mahrez, [Phil] Foden, [Raheem] Sterling… I can’t put Bruno in front of Silva and De Bruyne at the moment. It’s a sad indictment really.”"
Would any of Manchester United’s players get into Manchester City’s XI?
At this point of time, it is hard to see even one of Manchester United’s players actually starting for Guardiola’s side.
One could have made a case for Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, but neither of them have been brilliant ever since arriving at Manchester United in the summer. On the other hand, while David de Gea might be in splendid form, he would not be the right fit in the style of football that Manchester City play.
Of course, Bruno Fernandes might have been incredible during his first season-and-a-half at the club, but his performances this season have left a lot to be desired.
Thus, to be really honest, no Manchester United player might actually make Manchester City’s starting XI at the moment, which shows the difference between the two clubs.