Which Man Utd players should be fresh for the derby?

We assess how United are developing ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester City.

That means Erik ten Hag’s men should go into the Manchester derby relatively fresh, especially those who haven’t been called up by their national teams.


David de Gea trained with United during the international break. Photo credit: Getty.


All four of United’s main centre-backs were in action during the final round of play, with England’s Harry Maguire suffering a blow that could see him ruled out of the derby.

Victor Lindelof endured a tough break as Sweden were relegated to League C of the Nations League. He played both games and led a defense that conceded five goals in two games.

Regulars Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez both started in one game for France and Argentina and appear to be the freshest options for the United centre-back.

At right-back, Diogo Dalot scored twice as Portugal beat the Czech Republic, but he was rested for the game against Spain and will have played without a break for eight days until Sunday. Aaron Wan-Bissaka stayed at Carrington but likely won’t start against City.

Luke Shaw scored for England against Germany. Photo credit: Getty.

The recent game in international football proved to be a boost for Luke Shaw. He scored in the 3-3 draw between England and Germany and was in the tank for the first time since the season’s opening weekend.

Meanwhile, Tyrell Malacia played just 45 minutes for the Netherlands as they secured first place in the Nations League


Christian Eriksen produced two outstanding performances for Denmark at the break, playing the full 180 minutes for his national team.

Casemiro also had a busy period, starting both of Brazil’s friendly wins, while Fred played 90 minutes in both games.

Scott McTominay may have missed the 0-0 draw between Scotland and Ukraine that earned them promotion to the Nations League, but he still managed to play 180 minutes as Steve Clarke’s men penned another game.

Bruno Fernandes also featured in both of Portugal’s games as the 2016 European champions lost first place in the Nations League.

Meanwhile, Donny van de Beek has not been called up by the Netherlands but was suffering from an injury before the break in club football and remains a doubt for Sunday.

Overall, Fred looks like the freshest option for Ten Hag, with McTominay, Casemiro, Eriksen and Fernandes playing similar minutes over the past week.

Ronaldo has endured a frustrating international break. Photo credit: Getty.


The same goes for Anthony Martial, who has an Achilles tendon problem and was not called up by France. Should he and Rashford fall out, Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to start up front after suffering a disappointing international break.

The forward drew criticism at home for his performances in games against the Czech Republic and Spain, with the 37-year-old playing the full 180 minutes over the double.

On the wingers, Antony and Anthony Elanga played under an hour each for Brazil and Sweden.