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Pep Guardiola has gone full Pep Guardiola with his line-up against Man United today

Seven midfielders and not a striker in sight for the most important Premier League match of the season? Oh, Pep!

Well, look at this.

In what is probably Man City’s biggest game of the season, Pep Guardiola seemingly has one eye on the second-leg of their Champions League clash with Liverpool on Tuesday.

Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker are rested for today’s derby game against United, with Sergio Aguero AND Gabriel Jesus starting on the bench.


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City lost 3-0 to Liverpool during the week, but many of us still fancy them to get something against Reds at the Etihad next week.

Who knows?

Might be singing next week, lads

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Might be singing next week, lads

But in the meantime, there’s the small matter of securing the Premier League title against their bitter foes in this evening’s match.

And the former Barcelona and Bayern manager is going into this one without a recognised striker on the pitch.

So in attack, he’s gone for Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, while David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan will be pulling the strings in midfield. Fabian Delph is probably playing as a wing-back.

That means there’s seven midfielders in his starting-XI. Very Guardiola-esque, wouldn’t you say?

He loves to shake things up

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He loves to shake things up

Saying that, it’s hardly a weakened side, with eight of City’s strongest XI starting. And remember, this line-up cost a pretty penny, too.

For United, we can tell you that Paul Pogba is starting… for the team in red.

With rumours coming this week that he was offered to Guardiola in January (and judging by his latest hairstyle) you coulda fooled us.

We’re fascinated to see how Jose Mourinho plays this one.

The United gaffer and the players know that a win for City would result in them winning the title, and that is something everyone associated with the Red Devils will want to avoid.


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