Manchester City vs Manchester United: Sky Sports Six-a-Side Elite Player Report
By Billy Lumsden
Last Updated: 09/11/18 2:50pm
This Sunday's Sky Sports Six-a-Side match-up sees the first Manchester derby of the season take place, as Pep Guardiola's City take on Jose Mourinho's United.
The Manchester rivals face off at the Etihad Stadium, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 4.30pm. Both sides come into the derby in fine form, with the hosts unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions, while going the same amount of games unbeaten in the Premier League, winning nine and drawing two.
United are five unbeaten in all competitions, winning four of those and drawing just one. Their recent Premier League form has seen the red side of Manchester move up to seventh in the table.
It was a great Champions League night for the teams through the week as City made light work of Shakhtar Donetsk, dispatching the Ukranian side 6-0, while United came from a goal down to beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin.
Your Elite Player choice is always a testing decision, especially when all four players have the capacity to rack up a hefty points haul in what is going to be a blockbuster match.
The Argentine has directly contributed to 11 goals in as many Premier League games this season, scoring seven and creating four. He has also hit one Champions League goal in one start (two appearances) for City.
He has made 16 chances for his City team-mates, which has chipped in 112 Sky Sports Six-a-Side points to his overall total, which combined with the goals he has netted, subsequently earning well over the half of his points this campaign.
Aguero's form highlights him as the obvious frontrunner of Elite player choice, playing against a United defence that have only kept one Premier League clean sheet all season.
The Spanish magician does not seem to be letting up anytime soon, contributing to five goals in nine appearances (three goals, two assists), while notching three goals in four Champions League matches.
Silva boasts an eye-raising 644 Six-a-Side points, 33 more than the closest Elite Player Paul Pogba, which is down to a number of reasons.
The playmaker brags the most successful passes out of Elite Players, with 514, accumulating 257 points. And this can be linked with the 31 chances he has created, 13 more than the nearest challenger once more, which in turn has made up over half of his points this season. Why would you miss out on recruiting Silva for your Sky Sports Six-a-Side team?
Rashford has performed well as of late for his country, scoring two and assisting another in the three UEFA Nations League matches he has played, especially against Spain, where he set up one of Raheem Sterling's goals before finding the net in their 3-2 victory.
Despite only starting four matches for the Red Devils, the youngster has contributed to a goal every 135 minutes, and starred in their victory at Bournemouth last weekend, hitting the winner in the dying embers of the match.
As well as this, he provides the unique option of Elite Player choice, as only 7.1 per cent of Sky Sports Six-a-Side have backed him to perform against their noisy neighbours, so if he has a stand-out performance, it could put you ahead of the pack.
Pogba rallied in this same match last season, as his brace helped Mourinho's men come from 2-0 down to record a memorable comeback and spoil City's Premier League party. He has contributed to six goals this year, while claiming a brace against Young Boys in the Champions League.
The World Cup winner can provide a reliable source of points from his midfield role, as he is beginning to earn Six-a-Side points in particular ways, for example the amount of fouls he has won, 25, which is more than double the nearest challenging Elite Player.
The Frenchman has registered 14 shots on target, three more than Aguero. These points could collectively put you in front of the field if he is to have a significant impact on the game, not to mention he will be on penalty duty too.
Manchester derby. Four players. One choice.
Who will make your Sky Sports Six-a-Side team?