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De Bruyne out of Manchester derby as Aguero starts City’s Double Gameweek 29 opener

The first of two fixtures for Manchester City in Double Gameweek 29 takes place this afternoon at Old Trafford.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) will not be involved in the fourth Manchester derby of the season, however, as he has failed to recover from a shoulder injury and is not even among the substitutes.

Pep Guardiola said of the Belgian ahead of kick-off:

He feels better but he doesn’t feel 100%. And we don’t take risks. We have three important games in the Premier League but of course, the position that we have, Madrid and Newcastle are the real important games for us.

Sergio Aguero (£11.9m) leads the line for City, while Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) and Phil Foden (£5.1m) are also among the starters.

Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m) has to be content with a place on the bench, as do the likes of Benjamin Mendy (£5.5m), Kyle Walker (£5.7m), David Silva (£7.3m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m).

Pep Guardiola has made five alterations overall from the side that beat Leicester City in Gameweek 27, although the Citizens have contested three cup matches since then.

Mendy, Walker, the injured Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m), De Bruyne and Mahrez are the men to make way from the win at the King Power Stadium, with Joao Cancelo (£5.2m), Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.2m), Nicolas Otamendi (£5.0m), Foden and Sterling all recalled.

Harry Maguire (£5.3m), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.3m) and Daniel James (£5.8m) have all recovered from injury to start for the hosts this afternoon, meanwhile.

James and Brandon Williams (£4.1m) in for Mason Greenwood (£4.3m) and Scott McTominay (£4.9m) are the two changes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made from Gameweek 28.

The Red Devils look to have switched to a wing-back system, as they have done in several of the “tougher” matches this season.

The three previous meetings between these sides in 2019/20 have all been won by the away team.

Aguero, who averaged 12 points per Double Gameweek last season (City had three of them), was the second-most-popular option for the Triple Captain chip in Gameweek 29, with De Bruyne just behind him.


Manchester United XI: de Gea, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, Fred, Williams, Fernandes, James, Martial.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Cancelo, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Foden, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero.

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1,641 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 2 days ago

    Did Mourinho's Chelsea Phase 1 had the same tactics ?

  2. FOO FIGHTER
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Pep even playing ball boy now.

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 2 days ago

      Has Mendy ever done a cross which wasn't low and hard towards the near post?

      1. Coldplay
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Yes just did one that went out for a throw in

    • Trophé Mourinho
        4 months, 2 days ago

        how on earth did City win the league without KDB?

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Ole wasn't in charge of United back then

      • It’s gonna Ben Mee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Tactical master class from OGS

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Helped by a free kick that wasn't a free kick and a goal that was offside

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Unpopular opinion but half the city squad are rubbish

        1. diesel001
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          LOL. Pep spent £600m+ on this lot.

        2. Forza Papac
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Popular opinion you talk some amount of sh1te

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Ighalo time

        1. United 99 4Ever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Iggy the new ole

      • Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Maguire's been solid.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          He has

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Another one who has been slagged off recently.

        3. UpTheCherries
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          So glad we've got him for england... all the other options aren't too appealing

      • Daniel S.
        • 11 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        This United is strong. I was hoping they to loose pts today and Chelsea to increase the gap

        1. Daniel S.
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Maybe Leicester to loose the battle for top 4 ?

          1. Old Man
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            I hope not - tomorrow we'll see if we have the resolve for the run-in.

      • diesel001
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        Ighalo on
        Fernandes off

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 2 days ago

        James stays on???

        1. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Insane decision

          1. United 99 4Ever
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            if City score it will be TOTALLY on Ole and this substitution

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 2 days ago

        WHY SUB OFF BRUNO

        1. RealVirg
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Cos I am buying after BG, need to be tip top condition.

        2. _Ninja_
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Bruno off

        3. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Ole every bit of credit to you

        4. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Ighalo ON
          Bruno OFF

        5. Lucky Z
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Martial should get 3 bonus points with winning goal addition?

          1. diesel001
            • 3 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Nope. Utd CS worth a lot more in the BPS. Martial offsides and giving the ball away costing him.

        6. Fudgy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Disgraceful game as a Bruno owner , I got robbed like 3 goals

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Yeah... Martial and especially James should have just rolled him the ball on the edge of the box. Tunnel vision.

        7. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Ighalo to gift pool the league

        8. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Massive Bruno fail.

          Raging!!!

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Same what a joke man ffs

          2. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Like a quiet Kdb performance

        9. Daniel S.
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          What a great additions for United I the winter

          1. Bobby Digital
            • 2 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            I just now realized that you and Denial aren't the same guy.

          2. Giggs Boson
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Top notch.

            Maguire, AWB, James, Fernandes.

        10. Totti
          • 3 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          will bruno get a bps even 1 point?

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Not with a utd cleanie

        11. Bobby Digital
          • 2 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          C'mon Martial get some baps

        12. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Another masterclass Bruno well done

        13. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Pep doing the hokey cokey.

          Love to see it.

        14. TorresMagic™
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 11 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          3 - Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, de Gea (25)
          1 - Maguire, Martial, Williams (23)

          1. Fudgy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 months, 2 days ago

            Feel absolutely cheated , Bruno deserved all 3

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            DDG up to 27 now

        15. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Webster and Williams 2nd and 3rd on bench, after Cantwell 😐

        16. Giggs Boson
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          James needs to stay on - his pace stops the City pushing up too high. Keeping James on helps protect the lead.

          1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            4 months, 2 days ago

            That's what I thought but he's not playing that role well

            1. Giggs Boson
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 2 days ago

              Missing quality in the final third, but does a job.

        17. Fred54
          • 5 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Not even De Gea wants to mess this up.

        18. Hybrid.power
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Can't wait for this season to be over.

        19. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 2 days ago

          Sterling stat padding his attacking threat