The Blue and Red of Manchester meet for the second time this season, facing off in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.
It has been a tricky few weeks for the Manchester clubs with both failing to notch up a Premier League win in October. Man City, however, still sit top of the Premier League thanks to six consecutive league wins at the start of the season. Those wins included a 2-1 victory for Pep’s men against Man United at Old Trafford where a wonderful performance from Kevin De Bruyne gave City the win back in September.
Mourinho heads into the derby after what was probably one of his most disappointing results as a football manager. A 4-0 defeat at the hands of his former club, Chelsea, mean that Man United are six points off the pace and sit in a lowly seventh place in the Premier League. Jose would love a victory to restore faith in him and his managerial reputation.
Guardiola has suggested he will rotate his side for the midweek clash, but much of this rotation seems forced given the recent injury news at Man City. Kevin De Bruyne, the hero from the league clash in September, is unable to play after picking up a calf injury while Pablo Zabaleta also misses out.
Man City brought Vincent Kompany into the starting lineup for the game against Southampton on Sunday and Pep would have been happy to see his captain manage 78 minutes on the field. With Zabaleta out it seems likely that Kompany will start and captain the side.
Mourinho also has to deal with a couple of injury worries from the weekend. The ever-impressive centre back Eric Bailly suffered a bad knee injury against Chelsea and looks to be out for an extended period of time. Alongside this, Man United may be without Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini who are both currently struggling with niggles.
Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan return from injury, however, and Mourinho may look to play these two after both experienced spells on the sideline.