4-3-3: Predicted Man United XI vs Man City – Lukaku starts alongside Rashford

Manchester United Football Club have played two MLS Western Conference teams in pre-season so far, but now, things are about to be taken up a level. Next up, Manchester City in a derby match that is supposed to be a friendly -but more than likely it’ll be anything but that.

Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will go head-to-head in the first of three testing tour games against opposition of the highest level. Ahead of the eagerly anticipated clash, we’ve decided to take a look at our likely starting line-up.

Have a look at our predicted starting line-up here:

David de Gea will start in goal, and obviously, I fully expect the boss to go strong throughout the whole team in this one. The Spaniard will have ta back two of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly in front of him – which on paper, has to be regarded as our best partnership. Antonio Valencia will play on the right-hand side of the defence, with Matteo Darmian making up the back four.

Then we’ll have a midfield trio, and it’ll be a familiar one if you watched a lot of Manchester United football last term. Marouane Fellaini will sit at the base with Ander Herrera just in front of him. Then we have one of the best midfielders in the world in our team; Paul Pogba.

The front three looks frighteningly good. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been in good form on the tour so far and he’ll start on the right-hand side. Marcus Rashford’s pace could be a telling factor from the left flank, and Romelu Lukaku will play. He’ll be brimming with confidence after his first goal for the club.

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