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On Sunday, United make the short trip across town for the 166th Manchester derby against City, whose Barclays Premier League record after four games of the 2013/14 campaign is identical to the Reds’ – won two, drawn one, lost one.
The Blues' resurgence in recent seasons has added extra spice to this 120-year-old encounter, which has probably never been more eagerly anticipated by both sets of fans.
But what is it about Manchester derbies that is so special for players and supporters alike? We’ve pinpointed some of the fixture’s key elements and produced short videos to illustrate them, which you can watch above.