Predicted Manchester United XI to play Manchester City - Ferdinand, Valencia back in if fit

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Match to be played on Tuesday March 25 2014 at 19:45 GMT. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.

Manchester United will be determined to build on a solid 2-0 win away at West Ham United this week and build some momentum ahead of the Champions League game against Bayern Munich next week.

United lost the first Manchester derby of the season 4-1, which means David Moyes’ men should be very determined to turn things around in this game and drag themselves back up the table in the fight for European places.

Here’s the side Moyes could go for.

GK – David De Gea

The Spaniard has been in great form recently and is playing with a confidence that makes it difficult to replace him.

RB – Rafael

Rafael played well against the Hammers and United need him to be solid against City both when he goes forward and when he’s faced up against David Silva.

CB – Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand will more than likely return to the back four if he’s recovered from the back injury, which kept him out of the game against West Ham.

CB – Phil Jones

Jones can play anywhere along the back four but he should keep his place in the heart of the defence, reading the play and dealing with the movement from City’s attack.

LB – Patrice Evra

Evra didn’t play against West Ham but he could return to the team for this game with Moyes likely to want as much experience as possible in his back four.

RM – Antonio Valencia

If the swelling around Valencia’s eye has decreased then he should come back into the team. He has the pace to hurt City on the counter attack.

CM – Michael Carrick

Carrick played superbly in the defence against West Ham but he should enjoy a slightly higher role in midfield, where he can make it very difficult for City to move the ball around freely.

CM – Marouane Fellaini

Fellaini will inject that real aggression and physical approach to the midfield. He needs to be really up for this game in the face of a powerful player like Yaya Toure.

AM – Juan Mata

Mata looks so much happier and more comfortable in the number ten role. He roams around and gets on the ball in different positions, able to hurt the opposition in different ways.

LM – Shinji Kagawa

Kagawa played well against West Ham and stands a great chance of keeping his place on the left. He offers control out on that left flank and is very effective moving into the middle.

ST – Wayne Rooney

Rooney’s confidence will be sky high at the moment after two good goals against West Ham. If he can produce another, however scrappy or superb, United won’t care one bit.

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