Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has named Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford as Manchester United threats in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Swede is ruled out for the rest of the season but United beat Burnley 2-0 on Sunday with a front three of Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Lingard.
City face United on Thursday night and Guardiola said: “Of course they have been playing the last games without him, but they have been able to play the way Jose Mourinho wants.
“They win a lot of duels. Ibra is a great player but they also have lots of good players like Lingard, Young and Rashford, and they find spaces between the lines.”
Guardiola also confirmed that David Silva is unlikely to face United after he limped out of Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, but the good news for City is that Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are both fit, though the latter is not match-fit.
“David Silva is a real doubt – I don’t know if he will be ready to play,” he said. “Gabriel has not pain at all so is ready, but after three months out his condition is not optimal.
“Sergio is much better. Today he played a part in the training session.”