The Manchester derby on Thursday would see a depleted number of soccer stars in action as both teams have several injured players.

United summer signing Paul Pogba has joined the list of players that would be missing in action, according to reports. The French star was expected to play a dominant role as fellow summer addition Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up a long term injury in a Europa League clash. He joins the host of stars on the sidelines for the game. Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones remain injured but Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera are fit to play.

Manchester United defeated Burnley on Sunday to go fifth on the log. They are a point behind Man City as the fight for the top four intensifies. Coach Jose Mourinho has hinted at the possibility of playing a second-string team as he prioritizes the continental affair. He said the injury crisis and tough schedule would force his hands. It might also be a ploy to take the pressure off the side. They recently defeated Chelsea, and have managed to get results against big teams this term.

On the other hand, City have fitness concerns over its star players: John Stones, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, and David Silva. Pep Guardiola has said I Love Chelsea he would reinforce during the summer as the team failed to make its mark despite starting well.

Herrera has said that the game could be make or break for United as they want a second option aside hoping to win the Europa League. He admitted that the game would be a “massive” one but adds that either side could take it.

United would have to get past CeltaVigo is they want to reach the Europa League final. They play them on May 4. It could also serve as their third title this season.