smallest crumb of comfort.
Did you know? United’s last outing on the date of 25 March was 14 years ago, a 4-0 win over Bradford City at Valley Parade when Paul Scholes volleyed in one of his greatest goals.
The manager: Manuel Pellegrini arrived at City from Malaga last summer with a reputation as a good man-manager, and the Chilean appears to have got his squad pulling together again following the turbulent, but relatively successful, reign of the fiery Roberto Mancini. The former Real Madrid boss has kept a low profile, studiously avoiding controversy unlike his predecessor, and regularly plays a straight bat with the media.
Star man: Yaya Toure, who bagged a hat-trick against Fulham on Saturday, has been consistently good since his arrival from Barcelona in 2010. Capable of sitting deep, the Ivorian always provides a goal threat when playing further forward just behind City’s strikers.
Quote/unquote: "I've been part of this club for a long time now and you know which matches mean a lot [to people]. This [the derby] is certainly one of them. It's a one-off game against your local rivals and in a derby like that you always want to come out on top." Michael Carrick.