Manchester United handed major boost ahead of first derby of the season

Manchester United made it nine points out of a possible nine before the international break, and now several of our stars have jetted off to play for their countries. The first game back couldn’t possibly be any bigger in history or in the betting stakes, with City visiting Old Trafford on the tenth of September.

Ahead of that game, Jose Mourinho’s men have been handed a major boost, with the news that Sergio Aguero is expecting to face a three-match ban for violent conduct.

The incident occurred against West Ham on Sunday, as he appeared to throw out an elbow towards Winston Reid midway through the second half. The referee somehow didn’t spot the Argentine doing it as it happened, meaning the FA were free to punish the 28-year-old how they see fit.

You feel that the advantage is certainly with Manchester United now, with United at home and also the slight favourites with the bookmakers. Jose Mourinho is a tactical mastermind, and knows the Premier League like the back of his hand.

If, as expected, Aguero is handed a three-match ban, it’ll mean Pep Guardiola will likely go to either a false nine, or hand a huge opportunity to Kelechi Iheanacho – both of which sound much better than facing an in-form Sergio Aguero.

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