Manchester United defender to return for derby against Manchester City

United host local rivals City, the FA Cup holders, in Sunday's Premier League Manchester derby.

The 30-year-old Nigerian striker, who arrived at Old Trafford in January on loan till the end of the season from China's Shanghai Shenhua, doubled his tally in the 70th minute with a left-footed shot off a rebound.

"Well when you're at home, you have to open up against a team like Man City and they will exploit that if you're not 100 per cent", he said.

After the Nigeria international's FA Cup brace against Derby County in midweek, helping the Red Devils reach the quarter-final stage of the famous knockout competition, Ferdinand was complimentary of his recent performances.

"It wasn't an issue until our heads went for a little while, so we've got to control our emotions more", said Solskjaer.

"In some games they defend, but what I saw in the last games is a team that is aggressive".

I successfully backed Manchester United to make the net bulge during both of their visits to the Etihad this season and I fancy Solskjaer's side to get on the scoresheet on Sunday.

Vincent Kompany left the Etihad Stadium last summer
Vincent Kompany left the Etihad Stadium last summer

"Obviously, the draw, the one team I wanted was Man United". Harry Maguire missed the win at Pride Park with an ankle injury and the centre-back is facing a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of the City game so Eric Bailly could keep his place in defence.

Comparing the Manchester derby to those he has experienced as either Barcelona or Bayern Munich manager, Guardiola said: "Always it is so nice".

"The club was not in touch with his agent about this player, but there are a thousand-million more we are linked with every month". To finish second but not to win the title.

The champions have long accepted they can not defend their Premier League title this season but their challenge on other fronts is still alive.

City have a derby doubt over Kevin De Bruyne, who suffered a shoulder injury in the latter stages of the Carabao Cup final last weekend. I like defenders too and good headers. Let's hope it will be a 4-3, like we have seen before.

"It's that help we get from the FA again, the extra 24 hours they have had".

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  • Lawrence Cooper