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Manchester United v Manchester City: Combined fantasy line-up

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Even as Manchester derbies go, they don't come much bigger than this one.

As the summer's biggest spenders go head to head, there's more riding on it than ever, which is saying something considering it will only be each side's fourth game of the season. The two teams widely considered favourites for the title are meeting at the Theatre of Dreams, and while it's still so early on, their respective managers are already harbouring big dreams of their own.


All eyes will be on Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola as the old enemies prepare to face each other in the Premier League for the very first time. Think Golovkin vs. Brook, only more vicious. Both clubs will be hoping it's their football, not the managers, that does the talking, but for the neutral, it's going to be a sensational affair.

And after an absolutely crazy transfer window, there's very little between the two teams. Last season, that meant vying for fourth spot, but this time around, they're serious title contenders. It's amazing what spending over £150million can do for a club.

Both have enjoyed flawless starts to the new season, even if United came dangerously close to dropping two points at Hull. The last time that happened was 2011-2012 and everyone knows how that season ended. "Agueroooo!"

If this season is going to be one big Manchester derby, as expected, then with two unbelievable squads, it's going to be decided by who steps up to the plate, starting this Saturday. In the style of a DraftKings fantasy football line-up, (that's one goalkeeper, two defenders, two midfielders, two strikers, and one utility player) let's take a look at the best Manchester has to offer.

David de Gea

It's always best to opt for the 'keeper most likely to keep a clean sheet and that's usually De Gea. With no Sergio Aguero to face, United's stopper could well pick up 5 fantasy points here, and another 5 if he's on the winning side. At the other end, Claudio Bravo could make his debut, but he's still got to adjust to English football - and he'll be facing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. What a welcome.

John Stones

City's defence is still the one area that could probably have done with a little more strengthening, but it's likely most of the budget went on bringing in Stones. As always, we're led to believe Vincent Kompany is nearing full fitness, but he won't be back for the big one. This is a message that City fans will be all too familiar with, so they are undoubtedly looking to Stones as his long-term replacement. The England international should notch up 1 point a time for tackles won, so he's got to get his timings right.

Luke Shaw

Shaw is showing incredible maturity beyond his years by bouncing back from last season's horrific leg break. The United left-back has already shown how keen he is to get forward down the wings, but as it's going to be such a tightly-contested game, Mourinho will surely be urging him to focus on defending. And if De Gea keeps that clean sheet, Shaw will benefit too, earning 3 points.

Juan Mata

Mata continues to defy all expectations of how this season was going to go for him, probably leaving Mourinho with rather mixed feelings. The 28-year-old found himself on the scoresheet on the opening day against Bournemouth and hasn't looked back. It's his steadiness in midfield that makes him such an asset here, though, with interceptions valued at 0.5 points.


Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian playmaker is the perfect DraftKings player, creating two assists already this season. Assists are worth 6 points apiece, which is just as well, as they seem to be De Bruyne's thing - he got nine last season, and another three at the Euros. Now that Raheem Sterling looks back to his best, that can only enhance De Bruyne's game, as Guardiola's men are looking stronger in attack with every game.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibra is a player that needs no introduction. United's new superstar wants to take Eric Cantona's mantle as the 'King of Manchester' - or 'God of Manchester' in his own words - so this would be a pretty good place to start. It goes without saying where the Swedish striker is set to earn all his points - goals are worth 10 and as he got half a century of them in his last year at PSG, he seems like a pretty safe choice.

Kelechi Iheanacho

As Marcus Rashford proved last season, the Manchester derby is the perfect stage for young players to shine. Iheanacho is yet to score this season, but with Aguero missing, this is his opportunity. Aside from goals, he's created two chances in two games this season, so it's surely only a matter of time.

Utility player: David Silva

Paul Scholes rates David Silva as one of the best players in England, and that says a lot. With eight chances in City's three games so far, Silva is sure to be running the midfield again here. The only thing that could do with a little work is his shooting accuracy, as only one in four of his shots have fallen on target and earned him an extra fantasy point.


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