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Pep Guardiola will not be able to call on the services of Sergio Aguero for the Manchester derbyReuters

"Everyone's available" was Jose Mourinho's message ahead of the big derby between Manchester United and Manchester City. While United will go into this Premier League match at Old Trafford with a full strength squad, the same cannot be said of Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola having to do without his No.1 striker.

Sergio Aguero only has himself to blame for receiving a three-match ban, after throwing an unnecessary and dangerous elbow at Winston Reid during Manchester City's victory over West Ham in the last round of fixtures.

That means that Guardiola has a decision to make on who will play up front. Kelechi Iheanacho is the natural like-for-like choice, but the manager also has the option of using that "False 9". Nolito could play through the middle and so could Raheem Sterling, so it will be interesting to see what formation and players Guardiola chooses for his first Manchester derby.

The other decision for Guardiola to make is whether to hand Ilkay Gundogan his debut in such a high-profile match. Gundogan is fit again and has been in training for a while now, so what Guardiola has to decide is if the derby is the right match for the Germany international to begin his City career, while Vincent Kompany, at the back, is set to wait to return from injury for another match.

Leroy Sane, the other high-profile signing is expected to be in the matchday squad, while Claudio Bravo, who just moved from Barcelona, should make his debut in goal.

Mourinho revealed all of his players are available for the match, which means Henrikh Mkhitaryan has recovered from an injury, while the same goes for Luke Shaw as well, who left the England squad early after picking up a knock.

Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are available despite their long trips during the international weekend, with Antonio Valencia also in contention, and expected to start at right-back, after his exploits for Ecuador during the international week.

Marouane Fellaini has recovered from a back injury and could start in midfield alongside Paul Pogba, with Wayne Rooney expected to take the No.10 position again, while Zlatan will be the main man up front.

That means another match on the bench to start with for the in-form Marcus Rashford, unless Mourinho decides to play the youngster out wide, in place of either Anthony Martial or Juan Mata.

Confirmed starting XI: Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw; Pogba, Fellaini; Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Lingard; Ibrahimovic.

Manchester City: Bravo; Sagna, Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov; Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Silva; Sterling, Iheanacho, Nolito.

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