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Manchester United have gone strong as they give the impression of being to beat Manchester City and earn the derby bragging rights. David De Gea starts in goal, with the Spain international featuring in every match for the reason that appointment of Ten Hag as manager back in the summertime.

Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia have been deployed within the full-back positions, with Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane partnering up at centre-back. In midfield, United have gone with Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes.

And, up top, Jadon Sancho and Antony start on each wing with Rashford then deployed as a striker as he looks to proceed his recent impressive form. Ahead of the match, Ten Hag has been asked about his decision to drop Ronaldo.

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And Ten Hag believes Rashford is usually a key player for United as they go in quest of the largest and best trophies within the land.

“It was quite clear from day one he was talented and I’m so excited to work with him,” said the 52-year-old.

“I knew already before what a big impact he could have, he has the potential.

“I do know he brings it every game and in every decision on the pitch. I’m really glad along with his development and I expect him to maintain going.

“We’re quite positive about him playing. We’ve to attend and see the response of coaching.”

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One player Ten Hag has jumped in to defend ahead of the match is club captain Harry Maguire. The England international will miss the sport with City today resulting from injury, having sustained a knock within the Three Lions’ 3-3 draw with Germany.

But Ten Hag has insisted he believes in his skipper, despite his form worsening in recent weeks. “By backing him,” he said when asked what he can do for Maguire.

“I feel in his potential and I tell him I feel within the player and the person.

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“I’m sure he does [still believe in himself]. I’m convinced he’ll fight back. He’s aware of his great capabilities, and he’ll return.

“You understand, as a defender once you make one mistake, you get hammered for that mistake. That’s top football because there are good opponents and good attackers.”

United can be hoping to make amends after losing 4-1 to City in the identical fixture on the Etihad last term.

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