Manchester United defender Rafael is set to be dropped for the do-or-die derby fixture at Manchester City on Monday night after his nightmare performance against Everton.
United let a two-goal lead slip late on to draw 4-4 with the Toffees at the weekend, meaning that a City win at the Etihad Stadium would send them top of the Premier League on goal difference with just two games to play.
Smalling will be the player to replace Rafael on Monday. At 6ft 4in his extra height will help against a tall and powerful City side, and despite being a centre back by trade, he has often performed at right-back in his career.
Jonny Evans will continue to partner Rio Ferdinand at the back while Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck will start up front.Tweet