Manchester United welcome Liverpool to Old Trafford on Saturday evening, in a rivalry that is traditionally seen as English football's most heated and impassioned, full of regional pride.
However, in the build-up to this weekend's game, BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman has lamented both sides' lack of local-born players.
"It's something these two sides are missing now," the former Liverpool midfielder, born and raised in the city, told The Independent.
"Even when compared to two or three years ago, both clubs have lost a lot of identity. When you look at the teamsheets, local players aren't there."
Premier League Power Rankings - Game Week 5
Premier League Power Rankings - Game Week 5
1/17 17) Dusan Tadic (Southampton) new entry
Had started the season slowly but showed he is getting back to last season's form with an excellent double as the Saints picked up their first win of the season against Norwich. He scored four goals and seven assists last season but the Serbian will want to improve on those totals in 2015-16. Last fixture: W - 3-0 - Norwich Next fixture: West Brom (a)
2/17 16) Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) new entry
Wilfried who? Jefferson Montero and Andre Ayew have taken much credit for the Swans' brilliant start but the powerful Gomis just keeps scoring. Nine goals in his last 10 Premier League matches stretching back to last season Last fixture: W - 2-1 - Man United Next fixture: Watford (a)
3/17 15) Manuel Lanzini (West Ham) new entry
Mark Noble would have been in this spot but the Hammers' captain was very harshly sent off at Anfield after a brilliant performance and will miss the next game. Lanzini looked quick and sharp all afternoon at Anfield, providing Dejan Lovren with the latest of his horror shows. Last fixture: W - 3-0 - Liverpool Next fixture: Newcastle (h)
4/17 14) Pedro (Chelsea) - down 3
The former Barcelona man has hit the ground running at Chelsea with a goal and two assists in his first two matches in Blue. But Chelsea have hardly been convincing in either match, not through Pedro's efforts, and he'll face what should be the toughest test of the three matches so far with a trip to an always imposing Goodison Park. Last fixture: L - 1-2 - Crystal Palace Next fixture: Everton (a)
5/17 13) Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) - up 3
The quick striker continues to prove he is cut out for life in the top flight with a spectacular goal to make it four in his last two matches. Wilson scored at Carrow Road last season in a 1-1 draw but these are the kind of games Eddie Howe will be looking at if the Cherries are to survive. Last fixture: D - 1-1 - Leicester Next fixture: Norwich (a)
6/17 12) Salomon Rondon (West Brom) - up 2
They were against just nine men for just under an hour but were pretty much the inferior side at the Britannia, as they failed to capitalise on the advantage and create real chances. But the Venezuelan is starting to show he could have been a very astute signing by Pulis with a goal and an assist in his two Premier League matches. Last fixture: W - 1-0 - Stoke Next fixture: Southampton (h)
7/17 11) Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) - down 1
Had, and missed, his very best chance of the season when he raced through one-on-one. Looked tired, low on confidence and like he was thinking about it too much when he fired straight at Tim Howard. Sunderland is as good a place as any to get a goal - and Kane needs one soon Last fixture: D - 0- 0 - Everton Next fixture: Sunderland (a)
8/17 10) Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) - up 3
It wasn't a vintage performance by the Frenchman who failed to get on the ball as much as he can do, but it was controlled as Palace defended stoutly against the might of the champions. Probably should have scored in the first-half but Alan Pardew's team have won three out of four in a brilliant start to the campaign. Another tough test to come. Last fixture: W - 2-1 - Chelsea Next fixture: Man City (h)
9/17 9) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) - down 2
Another very poor performance by last season's Player of the Year, who looks out of sorts and extremely fatigued. Chelsea will be hoping the international break affords him some rest - they desperately need him to get back to his best. Last fixture: L - 1-2 - Crystal Palace Next fixture: Everton (a)
10/17 8) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) - down 3
His brilliant start come to a grinding halt on the South Coast. After four goals in his opening three matches the winger was hauled off at half-time by Claudio Ranieri following an anonymous performance (though he was wrongly called offside and a goal should have stood). Last fixture: D - 1-1 Bournemouth (a) Next fixture: Aston Villa (h)
11/17 7) John Stones (Everton) - up 2
This kind of thing always seems to happen. Stones, the man whom Chelsea chased relentlessly throughout the transfer window, will next go up against the very club that wanted him so badly. Last fixture: D - 0-0 - Tottenham (a) Next fixture: Chelsea (h)
12/17 6) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) - non-mover
A non-mover after a pretty low-key performance against Watford, where Raheem Sterling took the limelight after scoring his first goal for the club. Despite only scoring one in four this season, he remains the most dangerous striker in the division. Last fixture: W - 2-0 Watford Next fixture: Crystal Palace (a)
13/17 5) Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) - down 1
All jokes about personal assistants aside, Defoe remains Sunderland's best hope at staying up - and yet one of the best poachers in the division appears to be playing a deeper, more creative role. Defoe is a more rounded, and slower player, than he previously was, but his strength has never been creating for others - Dick Advocaat needs Defoe to be the one on the end of passes, not the other way round Last fixture: D - 2-2 - Aston Villa Next fixture: Spurs (h)
14/17 4) Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) - down 1
Not at his best against Newcastle but still very clearly Arsenal's most important player - Arsene Wenger's lack of transfer activity this summer only makes him more so. Last fixture: W - 1-0 - Newcastle Next fixture: Stoke (h)
15/17 3) Christian Benteke (Liverpool) - down 2
An afternoon to forget against West Ham, but this Liverpool team have so far looked better away from home, where the Belgian gets a bit more room to use his pace and power against defences high up the pitch. Old Trafford is next. Last fixture: L - 0-3 - West Ham Next fixture: Man United (a)
16/17 2) David Silva (Manchester City) - non-mover
The best attacking midfielder by a mile in the division, Silva is in a league of his own in England. Sterling took the praise against Watford but Silva will be the man Palace need to stop first if they are to continue their great start to the season Last fixture: W - 2-0 - Watford Next fixture: Crystal Palace (a)
17/17 1) Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - up 7
This is not a reflection of how well the captain has played this season, because he hasn't. At all. Will likely return to club football as England's all-time leading goalscorer (a rather hollow record as he has just one in World Cups), Rooney faces a massive question mark over whether he is the man to lead United from the front, or if he would be better off back in a deeper role. What better place to prove the doubters wrong (again) than by performing against his biggest rivals. Last fixture: L - 1-2 - Swansea Next fixture: Liverpool (h)
Since taking over at Old Trafford, Louis van Gaal has shown the door to Mancunians like Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley, as well as academy graduates Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans, who were themselves steeped in the club's history.
Meanwhile at the BT Sport pundit's old club, following the departure of Steven Gerrard, an injury-plagued Jon Flanagan is the first team's only Liverpool-born player.
"Thankfully, Wayne [Rooney]'s still there," McManaman said. "He knows the history of this fixture, but how many others have a mad, passionate desperation to play in this game?
"We haven't got the Nevilles, the Carraghers anymore, that type of player who fights and knows what this occasion means. It’s nostalgic, but I find that quite sad."
It is likely that United’s Wayne Rooney, a Liverpudlian, will be the only representative from either city to feature on Saturday evening.
Nevertheless, McManaman still expects a lively affair and challenged the new recruits on both sides to write themselves into the fixture's folklore.
"Both teams are in transitional periods with a lot of new faces coming in, both are struggling to gel at the moment," he said. "One player has to be a superstar at the weekend and ignite their respective team's season.
“It could be Danny Ings or Roberto Firmino for Liverpool, especially now that Philippe Coutinho is out of the side.
“If you ask Liverpool fans, Coutinho’s been the main man so far this season until his sending-off against West Ham. He'll be a big loss and somebody has to step up to the mark.
"For Manchester United, it could well be Anthony Martial."
McManaman is excited to see Martial, a player he rates highly, in Premier League action. However, he cautioned against expecting too much too soon from United’s deadline day acquisition, despite the Frenchman’s estimated price-tag of £35m.
“I've seen him a few times and I think it's important not to heap pressure on him because he's cost a lot of money,” McManaman said.
“He's a good young centre forward, I hope he does well in future and makes a name for himself, I really do, but you can't go mad on him. It's unfair, especially while he's trying to adapt to a new league.”
The former Liverpool midfielder also warned against any knee-jerk reactions to his old club’s last result, a shock 3-0 home defeat to West Ham.
Debate has raged among Liverpool fans since the game, especially over Dejan Lovren’s place in the centre of defence. However, McManaman believes that manager Brendan Rodgers should show faith in a back four that kept three clean sheets in the club’s opening three Premier League fixtures.
"The West Ham result was a real bolt from the blue but, against Manchester United, I think you are taking a big chance if you start changing the team around, especially when you consider everyone has been away on international duty."
"You haven't got the time to bring a new, solid back four or five in and work on new shapes and formations. That's too difficult when everybody's been away on internationals."
"Lovren was fine against Arsenal, he was fine against Bournemouth, he was fine against Stoke. Yes, there were problems against West Ham but I wouldn't necessarily start changing the formation around for a game as difficult as Manchester United at Old Trafford.”
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