The Premier League resumes in the most explosive way possible this weekend. The Manchester giants collide in the most expensive match-up of all time.
There are too many fascinating subplots to list. It’s Jose Mourinho vs Pep Guardiola. Bitter rivals. But it’s also Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs Pep Guardiola. Plus, there’s a bit of history between United and City, we’re told.
Will Marcus Rashford start after a stunning fortnight for club and country? Will Ilkay Gundogan make his City debut after being sidelined for months? Sergio Aguero is banned for this match after being found guilty of elbowing Winston Reid in the neck. Kelechi Iheanacho is a worthy replacement in a team that haven’t been struggling for goals anyway.
2?? days to go.— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 8, 2016
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The managers know each other so well that they could end up cancelling each other out. It’s a tough game to call. Will it be full of goals or a cautious affair? In John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, we see two more defenders that could struggle to handle Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s physicality. Guardiola might consider getting a midfielder to man-mark him but it could be to little avail. The Swedish striker has a point to prove and will be like a man possessed.