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Manchester United backed to win derby after Sergio Aguero ban

Manchester United's Paul Pogba (left) and Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (right) speak during the match

Red Devils as short as 6/5 to beat Manchester City on Saturday, with the visitors missing star striker

Sergio Aguero is not known for his violent conduct although a flailing elbow in the direction of West Ham’s Winston Reid means that the striker has been handed a three-match ban.

Despite an appeal against the charge, Manchester City must now have to contend without their star striker and the bookies have seen plenty of early money come for Manchester United to win Saturday’s derby.

The lunchtime affair is the biggest Premier League fixture of the season to date, with both Manchester sides having won their three matches so far, while it will be the first time that Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have squared up in England.

Mourinho will be delighted that his defence don’t have to contend with Aguero and William Hill are as short as 6/5 about the Red Devils claiming a massive derby victory, although bet365 go 13/10 that United are victorious.

Guardiola will probably opt to play Kelechi Iheanacho in attack for Saturday’s match, with Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Nolito likely to form an attacking trident and the visitors are as big as 23/10 (betway) to claim the honours.

John Stones has already demonstrated why City splashed the cash on the England centre-half, while Sterling has also started the campaign in explosive fashion and Guardiola is unlikely to set his stall to defend in this clash.

Mourinho will see this match as a vital opportunity to steal a march over United’s deadliest rivals, although he’s sweating over the return of several players from international duty and that includes Antonio Valencia who will be back from Ecuador duty very late in the week.

Nevertheless, with Paul Pogba starting to purr and Zlatan Ibrahimovic showing his world-class ability, it could be that United draw first blood this season by claiming the bragging rights but more importantly, those three precious points.

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