Manchester City are set to miss tricky playmaker David Silva and their 2012 Premier League winning goal scorer, Sergio Agüero.
But City have the depth in their squad to cope with such high profile losses. Last weekend new boy Raheem Sterling and second string striker Wilfried Bony shared 5 goals against Bournemouth.
Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was asked by United Review what the effect of the absence of Sergio Agüero would have on the derby game.
The England Golden Boot owner responded:
“Nowadays the top teams have such good squads that they can cope with injuries.
“The players they brought in cost over £100million in De Bruyne and Sterling, so they are two fantastic young players and we have to nullify their threats and take advantage of their flaws.
“Raheem is a fantastic player and a great lad as well, but he is still a young lad and still has a lot to learn. The good thing about Raheem is that he wants to learn.
“He has started his career at City really well, but hopefully we can slow him down a bit on Sunday and come out on top.”
Dependant on the Arsenal-Everton result, Manchester United could go to the top of the Premier League with a win at Old Trafford tomorrow. A win would at least put them ahead of the Blues.
Rooney had this to say about United’s chances of going top:
“Winning is top of our agenda, but you can’t say whichever team wins will go on to win the title.
“There is a lot of local pride, we want to win and it’s important that we go into the game confident.
“If we play the way we know we can, then we can certainly take the three points.”
In 27 games against Manchester City, Wayne Rooney has scored 11, assisted 2 and been booked 9 times without a sending off.