David de Gea – Starting to see De Gea in the nominations for PFA Player of the Year. Deservedly so.
Antonio Valencia – Has moulded himself into an effective, if uninspiring, right-back ahead of Rafael.
Phil Jones – Has been the consistent member of the back four through United’s recent good run.
Michael Carrick – Has come to the fore again since returning from injury.
Marouane Fellaini – The big Belgian is now all of a sudden one of the first names on the team sheet. Who’d have predicted that a few months ago?
Ander Herrera – In contrast, everybody knew how important Herrera could be if given the opportunity and he has proved that with his recent performances.
Juan Mata – Is bang in form right now. Scored the winner against Liverpool, can he do it against City too?
Ashley Young – Another player re-born this season much like Smalling and Fellaini.
Wayne Rooney – Loves scoring against City and will be brimming with confidence after his superb goal last weekend against Villa.