Well, the first derby of the season is upon us. Ahead of the game, Man United have been given a welcome boost in regards to Sergio Aguero.
Let’s be honest about it. The Argentine has been nothing but a pain to play against. More often than not, he’ll get on the score-sheet one way or another.
However, United go into this one with an early derby boost, as the key star has been deemed not fit enough to start the game.
Sergio Aguero has been missing for a prolonged period with injury. He is now back training again, though this game will come too soon for him to be involved from the get-go. That’s according to Pep Guardiola himself, who when asked by the media whether he’ll be ready to make the starting XI, replied with a simple ‘no’.
That more than likely means Aguero will be named amongst the substitutes so we’re not going to fully escape his abilities. That said, I’d rather only have to deal with him for half-an-hour than a full 90-minute game.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs all the little boosts he can get going into this one. Lose and I fear for his job. Win, though, and United are suddenly sitting pretty, just two points off the top of the table.
So who’ll replace Aguero?
It’ll most likely be Gabriel Jesus who leads the line for our opponents in this one. Yes, he’s gifted, though the Brazilian blows hot and cold far more than Aguero does. Either that, or Guardiola is going to deploy some striker-less formation in which he’ll use Kevin de Bruyne or Phil Foden as a false nine.
Weirdly enough, I feel confident going into this one. Sure, United lost last time out but we’ve often followed up bad displays with an excellent one. Hopefully, that trend continues here and we’re left celebrating at full-time.
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