Hello and welcome to the #RioChallenge Live Blog brought to you by Strongbow, where Manchester United will be looking to grab a win against fierce rivals Man City.
Man United will be in confident mood ahead of the derby, coming off a 2-0 win over West Ham during the weekend as well as making it to the Champions League last-eight with a Robin van Persie inspired 3-0 win over Olympiakos.
The Dutchman however is still out with injury, meaning Wayne Rooney will continue leading the line after his brace against the Hammers. The Red Devil’s issue will be at defence, with Chris Smalling and Rio Ferdinand injured, while Nemanja Vidic is still suspended after his red card against Liverpool.
Manchester City on the other hand grabbed a convincing 5-0 win over Fulham at the weekend and will be confident heading to Old Trafford this evening.
City also welcome back captain Vincent Kompany, who missed the Fulham game with suspension for his red card against Hull City. Manuel Pellegrini changed his usual 4-4-2 formation to play a 4-2-3-1 against Fulham and could use the same system at Old Trafford, with Negredo flanked by David Silva and James Milner while Samir Nasri plays behind the Spaniard.
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