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Brown made his first league start for nearly 22 months in a man-of-the-match performance on Sunday

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David Silva with Carlos Tevez at Old Trafford

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Spanish midfielder was forced off during the Manchester derby

Roberto Mancini leaves Old Trafford with a smile on his face after victory over United

Manchester United warned that Manchester City are 'not going away'

David Platt sounds warning after reigning champions won 2-1 at Old Trafford last night

DAVID DE GEA (6/10): Could not do much about either goal and was otherwise brave enough in the box under some pressure

Manchester United v Manchester City player ratings from Old Trafford

Man for man marking from the Manchester derby

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Roberto Mancini

Manchester City can close gap on United insists Roberto Mancini

Champions trail rivals by seven points

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Christian Benteke celebrates a late winner against Reading

Christian Benteke going nowhere insists Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

£8m signing has been sensational

City's highest earners: David Silva (36) - £422,712

Roberto Mancini will wait on David Silva ahead of Manchester derby

City playmaker a major doubt for visit of United

<b>Joleon Lescott, Manchester City</b><br/>
Although twice as experienced as the other options on this list (excluding Ferdinand), there is concern that Lescott will fall down the pecking order at Manchester City, particularly after summer signing Matija Nastasic started ahead of him in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. His club manager, Roberto Mancini, is concerned at Lescott's lack of mobility, while a few costly mistakes this season have not aided his cause.

Manchester City trio Joleon Lescott, Maicon and David Silva in contention for Tottenham clash

Manchester City trio Joleon Lescott, Maicon and David Silva are hoping to return to action in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against Tottenham.

Manchester City and Spain midfielder David Silva

David Silva remains sidelined for Manchester City for Swansea match

Champions Manchester City are again without playmaker David Silva and a number of other players for their Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea.

Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard face the press

Roy Hodgson set to start with Theo Walcott but Andy Carroll left out

Winger's sparkling display against Swedes wins call-up as Rooney returns for Ukraine

Man for man marking: England

Rob Green: Struggled early in first cap for two years. Let Pedersen corner hit post but improved later and showed good handling. 7/10

Samir Nasri says he is finding his feet at City after a slow start

Nasri finally sees the beauty in winning ugly

French midfielder's willingness to shun Arsenal way has him pushing for a start against Porto tonight

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