Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal will have an almost full strength squad for the Manchester Derby, and the Dutchman will he hoping that his star players do the job for him on the big occasion.

With games coming thick and fast, Van Gaal will want to utilize his full squad, and put his strongest eleven on the pitch against the noisy neighbours.

Midfield Maestro Juan Mata and defender Matteo Darmian were on the bench for Manchester United’s champions league clash against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, and the two are most likely to return to the starting eleven against Manchester City.


Van Gaal delighted at having almost everyone available for selection

Apart from Luke Shaw and Paddy McNair, Van Gaal will have a full squad to choose from, and the Dutchman is delighted at that.

a Ita s always better that a manager can select from a lot of players. There have been times when I could not select from many, like last year, but this year is going much better.a , Van Gaal said in the pre-match press conference

Ashley Young had a few injury snippets, and although he is back in training, the Englishman won’t be risked on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney has set records for Club and country last month, and the Everton-born forward has scored 11 goals on 23 derby occasions. All eyes will be on him, as he looks to rediscover his earlier self, and bring Manchester United three points to go top of the table.