Joining in the theme of late, we pick a combined United / City XI ahead of the Manchester derby.
It's still a little early yet for a Manchester Derby injury report, but United manager Jose Mourinho freely disclosed his team's fitness situation yesterday anyway.
If United are able to stifle City, there is plenty of evidence they can score against them.
The former Juventus star even had his walking gait and running style analysed, with a series of new exercises implemented to combat the massive loads he puts through his quads when suddenly changing direction in games.
But Fernandinho still thinks United will be formidable opponents for City, who are bidding to extend their eight-point lead at the top of the table.
The Russian winger is still well-remembered at Old Trafford having achieved cult hero status as part of Sir Alex Ferguson's title-winning sides and scoring a derby hat-trick in 1994. Given Mourinho's habitual third-season problems, the likelihood of further upheaval at Chelsea in the summer and perhaps mounting dissatisfaction among Tottenham's young players as they see their peers earning far more elsewhere, City may find themselves without a serious challenger in the short-to-medium term.
So how does Mourinho go about stopping City and checking the relentless march of the Pep-bots?
Mourinho's first season at Real Madrid in 2010-11 culminated in an infamously spiky series of matches against Guardiola's Barcelona, who would have the last laugh by claiming a La Liga and Champions League double.
He added, "Obviously, we are playing City and in this moment we need the points and we need to win".
United might not offer much going forward with the absence of Pogba, but they won't risk much in midfield defending against the likes of David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho on Sunday. The Frenchman picked up a 3 match suspension against Arsenal last week.
"And secondly, that I wanted to show what I could bring to the team, to prove myself". The game will be decided on how well United are able to resist City's endless waves of attack.
Manchester United will be hoping to move to within five points of the Premier League leaders with a win against Manchester City.