Early team news for the 185th Manchester Derby

It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated fixtures of the year, as Manchester United travel to the Etihad Stadium this Sunday to take on in-form rivals Manchester City.

After the Reds extended City’s unbeaten away league run to 21 games in the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face a difficult challenge as they take on a City team who have won 21 straight matches in all competitions.

However, United have won last two trips to the Etihad, winning 2-1 in the league last season and 1-0 in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.

Anthony Martial, David De Gea and Donny van De Beek, who all missed the Palace game on Wednesday, remain doubts.

Martial picked up a knock on his knee ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park, De Gea was absent due to personal reasons, while van de Beek hasn’t played since West Brom away on Valentine’s Day, despite making the bench at the weekend.

Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Phil Jones remain sidelined through injury. As always, check out the boss’s pre-match press conference at 12:30 GMT on Friday afternoon for the latest team news updates.

As for the hosts, Nathan Ake has resumed full training after being missing since Boxing Day due to a muscular injury. However, it remains to be seen if he will be selected for the matchday squad. Other than that, Manchester City have no other injuries.

Despite being without a striker for several games this season, City have found a regular goalscorer in Ilkay Gundogan, who has managed to register 11 league goals from midfield, but he has failed to score in his last four appearances in all competitions.

Most of City’s attacking power comes from their wingers, with Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling scoring a combined 16 league goals and providing nine assists.

City’s centre-back pairing of John Stones and Ruben Dias has impressed in recent months and Pep Guardiola’s men have registered the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season, with 15.