Premier League: Manchester United v Manchester City match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

Manchester City’s victory over their closest rivals in this fixture last year has been seen by many as one of the key turning points in last year’s championship race that saw United pipped to the title by their "noisy neighbours". This time around  there is no doubt that it will be the red side of Manchester that will re-assert their authority as the dominant force in English football as they look to further extend their 15 point cushion at the top of the table.

Defeats at the hands of Chelsea and Real Madrid in the cup competitions have ensured that Sir Alex Ferguson will not feel the need for any squad rotations going into Monday’s match, meaning it is more than likely that another classic can be added to the list of Manchester derbies that have produced an average of 4.6 goals in the last five games. Ferguson will ensure that no complacency enters the United ranks despite the title effectively in the Old Trafford trophy cabinet already.

City’s last few games have typified their season, with a win against Chelsea followed three weeks later by a 2-0 loss to Everton. Mancini will hope, however, that a recent 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle and the recent news that Yaya Toure has extended his contract to 2017 will provided the morale boost needed to produce a performance that will salvage some pride, if not the title.

 

KICK-OFF: Monday, 8pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS...

Man City 2 (Toure, Zabaleta) Man Utd 3 (Rooney 2, van Persie), Premier League, December 2012

Man City 1 (Kompany) Man Utd 0, Premier League, April 2012     

Man City 2 (Kolarov, Aguero) Man Utd 3 (Rooney 2, Welbeck), FA Cup, January 2012

 

STATS...

23 goals have been scored in the last five Manchester derby’s; an average of 4.6 a game. 

Manchester United are unbeaten in 18 and have won each of their last seven games, both of which are Premier League bests for the season.

Manchester City have the most clean sheets in the league this season with 14; United are in second with 11.

Manchester United are yet to concede a penalty this season.

 

ODDS...

Manchester United to win: 2.30

Manchester City to win: 3.25

Draw: 3.20

 

CLASSIC MATCH...

The last time the two sides met at Old Trafford saw a 6-1 demolition of United, with Mario Balotelli grabbing the headlines for his two-goal/ ‘why always me’ cameo. A brace by Edin Dzeko, alongside goals by Sergio Aguero and David Silva, destroyed United, who could only muster a Darren Fletcher strike in reply.

 

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm

News
More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc
newsThis and other facts you never knew about the paper circle - completely obsolete tomorrow
News
people'I’d rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on childcare'
News
Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during his inspection of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167
newsSouth Korean reports suggest rumours of a coup were unfounded
Arts and Entertainment
You could be in the Glastonbury crowd next summer if you follow our tips for bagging tickets this week
music
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Kylie performs during her Kiss Me Once tour
musicReview: 26 years on from her first single, the pop princess tries just a bit too hard at London's O2
News
peopleSwimmer also charged with crossing double land lines and excessive speeding
Arts and Entertainment
A new Banksy entitled 'Art Buff' has appeared in Folkestone, Kent
art
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style