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How will Man United, Man City line up in the Manchester derby?

The rivalry of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho is adding a whole new dimension to the Manchester Derby, plus what will City do without Aguero.

This is it. Don’t get scared now.

A massive Manchester derby takes place on Saturday with Manchester United hosting Manchester City (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBC Sports) at Old Trafford.

Both teams are perfect so far in the Premier League with three wins from three and the major piece of team news going into this game is how Pep Guardiola will replace the suspended Sergio Aguero up top.

[ MORE: Mourinho vs. Pep rivalry ]

As for Jose Mourinho, he has an injury worry with Henrikh Mkhitaryan doubtful but the main dilemma has is whether or not to play red-hot Marcus Rashford from the start.

Below is a look at my projected starting lineups for both teams -- who are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation but switching to a 4-1-4-1 throughout -- with a brief explanation on why Mourinho and Guardiola will decide to go with these players.

Manchester United
----- De Gea -----

--- Valencia --- Bailly --- Blind --- Shaw ---

----- Fellaini --- Pogba -----

--- Mata --- Rooney --- Rashford ---

----- Ibrahimovic -----

Thoughts: There isn’t too much to factor into Mourinho’s selection after his side won three-straight games to open the PL season and the only injury issue he has is with Mkhitaryan. For the “Special One” the main dilemma is who he starts out on the left. Anthony Martial has looked out of sorts in the opening weeks of the season and Rashford has been on fire, scoring a late winner at Hull City before the break and then grabbing a hat trick on his debut for England’s U21 side. Even though Chris Smalling is back in the picture, the combination of Eric Bailly and Daley Blind has worked so well far. As has Marouane Fellaini in the holding role with Paul Pogba playing just ahead of him with a license to attack.

Manchester City
----- Bravo -----

--- Zabaleta --- Stones --- Otamendi --- Kolarov ---

----- Fernadinho --- Silva -----

--- Sterling --- De Bruyne --- Nolito ---

----- Iheanacho -----

Thoughts: The big decision here for Guardiola is who he decides to bring in for the suspended Aguero. Teenage striker Kelechi Iheanacho seems like the obvious choice given the fact that he is City’s only real striker following the decision to let Wilfried Bony leave on loan. Pep could put Nolito up top in a false nine and he could then interchange with Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne. Guardiola will likely start new goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for his debut and the only other decision is whether or not Bacary Sagna or Pablo Zabaleta will start at right back.

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