For the second big game in a week, Manchester United will be without Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian missed the home clash with Chelsea at Old Trafford and will be unavailable for the visit to The Etihad on Sunday.
Louis van Gaal had stated after that fixture that Falcao would be available, but he confirmed at his press conference on Friday the striker was not as far along as he had hoped.
The striker is yet to really show what he is made of at Untied since clinching his big loan move, scoring once in three starts and two substitute appearances.
The big games should have been ideal for him, but the good news for United, is that they have Wayne Rooney returning from a three game suspension, and Robin van Persie full of confidence after his late equaliser against Chelsea.
Falcao arrived with a history of knee injuries, and while this is not thought to be serious, United don't want him to become beset by problems.
He is still to prove of course, that he is the same player who scored prolifically for Atletico Madrid and Porto.
We'll have Falcao for many yrs IMO. We should let him recover properly. We can cope now while RvP & Roo fit. Still think he'll be huge #mufc— Hayley B (@Hayles_101) October 31, 2014
I'd like to see Falcao get a run of games, just to see what he's truly like. #mufc— Brian (@Kiddo1971) October 31, 2014