Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City, Champions League: Predicted Lineups

Marlos, the orchestrator of so much of Shakhtar's attacking thrusts, drove at the heart of a back-peddling City defence before feeding Bernard to his left.

This is City's 42nd Champions League group stage match and to date, there have been no 0-0 draws.

Leaders City will equal the all-time English top-flight record of 14 consecutive victories with a win at Old Trafford and extend their lead over second-placed United to 11 points.

"You would argue, given what happened at Arsenal on Saturday, that United do have that counter-attack ability with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard, and that they do have the ability to score from set-pieces, and they are a better defensive unit than Southampton or West Ham".

Heading into the Manchester Derby on Sunday, Mourinho said he doesn't believe Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's claim that David Silva is a doubt for the big match.

The Catalan regularly bemoans the football calendar and he has earmarked this current period, which for him started after the most recent international break and will end after City host Watford on January 2, as a crucial juncture in the season.

"He is the coach who worked the most tactically, more than with [Jose] Mourinho and [Pep] Guardiola", Fabregas told The Express. Foden is the more likely of the two but Yaya Toure and Ilkay Gundogan might have dibs on that position, with Pep Guardiola keen to ensure he doesn't allow his players' mentality to creep into the realm of complacency.

Instead, the club have been looking for a replacement full-back and with January fast approaching, they're confident of landing long-term target Danny Rose.

His team clinched their place in the last 16 five weeks ago and their win over Feyenoord three weeks later secured top spot. It is a look Guardiola knows all too well and its reappearance indicates the biggest managerial rivalry of recent times is about to erupt again. Brilliant play from Diaz as he beats his man, gets to the byline, feeds Jesus, who stabs for goal from a tight angle a yard out, but the ball comes out off the post.

Congratulations to them, it was a good game.

However, according to Sky Italia the Catalan has sent an SMS message to Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri, promising him that City will give their 'maximum effort' to beat Shakhtar and make it six wins out of six in Group F. To be honest, I think we practise the best football in Europe at the minute.

  • Ricardo Clara