Jamie Redknapp predicts Manchester United vs Manchester City

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Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Popular pundit Jamie Redknapp is backing Manchester United to edge their upcoming derby with current Premier League leaders Manchester City, he told Sky Sports in his pre-match column.

City head into the clash wounded from a frustrating international period which saw key players David Silva and Sergio Aguero pick up injuries, the latter being ruled out for over a month.

United, on the other hand, survived any major injury scares during the latest break and face City coming off the back of a wonderful, morale-boosting 3-0 victory over Everton.

The attacking trio of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and summer signing Anthony Martial is clicking into gear and Redknapp feels those three, factored in with City’s injuries, give United the edge.

“With so much attacking talent on the pitch, the way the defences of United and City cope will be key to the outcome,” Redknapp wrote.

“I think United will just edge it. The combination of Martial, Rooney, Mata and Herrera, along with their home advantage and the absence of Aguero for City just tips the game in their favour, for me.”

“But the Manchester derby has been hard to predict in recent years - we've seen some crazy results. Hopefully it will be another thriller on Super Sunday.”

United’s attacking power:

With Wayne Rooney ending his non-scoring run on the road and Martial proving a real menace up front, United all of a sudden have plenty of goals in them to really hurt teams.

The Red Devils haven’t really been fancied for the title this season, therefore a positive result against the Citizens will provide a real boost of self-belief, and assurance more than anything.

If Vincent Kompany is not fit, City could struggle to contain the hosts on current form and, all factors considered, it is easy to see why the Old Trafford outfit head into the clash as slight favourites.

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