If this is to be the last season in the sensational Manchester City career of Yaya Toure then what a match to remind us all of his genius. He’s had his ups and downs at the club – mostly ups. He’s been the driving force for the new Manchester City and, when we think of recent derbies, the mind is regularly drawn to Toure destroying United almost single-handedly when Moyes’ boys came to town last year. They grappled and scythed him. But they couldn’t stop the balletic bulldozer from dancing through their defence almost at will.
Toure may have lost a little of his thrust and athleticism but Manchester City need a big performance from the king if they want to win this game and keep the baton of power for another few months at least.
Other than Toure, Manchester City are in pretty good shape in terms of injuries. Wilfried Bony and James Milner appear to be the only players in any doubt of making the squad but we shall know more when the under fire Manuel Pellegrini does his weekly press conference on Friday.
While Manchester United currently look excellent going forward there are still question marks over their defending, which is why we would be tempted to play Bony and Aguero together up top if fit. But, with Bony potentially unavailable we are popping the battering ram, Edin Dzeko in there. Either way, we think Manchester City should throw caution to the wind and pick the Nasris over the Milners for this one.