All eyes are on Manchester this weekend for the top-of-the-table derby...
United are unbeaten all season and have won every Barclays Premier League game at Old Trafford since being held by West Brom 12 months ago. Only Fulham have stopped City winning in the league this season and even the Londoners had to come back from 2-0 down to earn a point. Blackburn (4-0) and Aston Villa (4-1) were ruthlessly dismissed in the last two domestic outings while Sergio Aguero's late winner against Villarreal means confidence is sky-high for the Blues. City lead the table by two points after the Reds' hard-fought draw at Liverpool.
Ins and Outs
Sir Alex is set to be without Tom Cleverley, Darron Gibson and Rafael but Fabio is fit despite picking up another knock in Bucharest. David De Gea will return in goal in place of Anders Lindegaard with Rio Ferdinand available again to probably partner Nemanja Vidic after being rested for the Otelul Galati win. Nigel De Jong and Samir Nasri need to prove their fitness for City but Aguero looks primed to start after coming off the bench to good effect on Tuesday. Adam Johnson was withdrawn in the first half but the substitution was purely tactical.
City wanted to send out a message at Wembley in the Community Shield and first-half goals by Joleon Lescott and Edin Dzeko did just that in the opening 45 minutes. Revved up for the second period, United hit back with Chris Smalling heading home and Nani finishing off a beautiful move to make it 2-2. In injury time, the champions broke and Nani kept his cool to beat Joe Hart for a thrilling winner.