Schneiderlin, Rooney and Jones will be vital for Manchester United against City

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Manchester United and Manchester City go head-to-head this weekend.

Manchester United take on Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday in a huge match for both sides.

Victory for City and they will go five points clear of Louis van Gaal’s side, but a win for United and they will go ahead of the Blues.

This is truly a six-pointer and here we take a look at three United players who will be key if their side ultimately win:

Wayne Rooney

United captain Wayne Rooney has come in for plenty of criticism this season but the simple fact is he will be vital against City.

Rooney’s experience could be the difference between victory and defeat and expect him to put in an impressive shift against Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

Morgan Schneiderlin

City have one of the league’s most in-form and dangerous players in Kevin De Bruyne, and United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin should be tasked with keeping the Belgian international quiet.

That will be easier said than done but Schneiderlin is capable of doing it after excelling against Everton last time out.

Phil Jones

Raheem Sterling terrorised Bournemouth on his way to a hat-trick last weekend and United’s defence will have to be in peak condition to keep the England international at bay.

Phil Jones’ pace and strength could make all the difference and this will be one battle worth keeping an eye on.

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