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Guardiola has utilised the ser­vices pro­vided by his full-backs very as­tutely. Ben­jamin Mendy and Kyle Walker are tac­ti­cally com­pe­tent. The pair will look to oc­cupy the mid­field to make up for the space left by David and Bernardo Silva as they venture for­ward with the wingers branch­ing wide. This ap­proach should pro­vide City the edge, if United at­tempt to press them or play a loose line like they’ve done this sea­son. How­ever, if United opt for a more prag­matic ap­proach and play nar­row, the full-backs will look to cre­ate over­loads on the wing and al­low Ster­ling and Mahrez the free­dom to cut in­side. The ver­sa­til­ity of the full-backs which al­lows them to ex­e­cute both roles will be cru­cial.

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