3-0 up with City down to 10 men after Vincent Kompany's sending off, revenge was looking sweet but a rally by the hosts famously led to the declaration of a 'moral victory' from Kompany afterwards. Wayne Rooney was excellent, scoring twice, with local lad Welbeck smashing a wonder goal.
Roberto Mancini enjoys plenty of respect within the game and has earned praise for the way he has resurrected City's faltering title challenge. The Italian took the pressure off his side by insisting the race was over following the defeat at Arsenal and, instead, his charges have moved within striking distance of the Reds. After throwing off the shackles this term to end any talk that his tactics were a little cautious, he'll be ready to pit his wits against Sir Alex in the biggest match of the season. The Blues' hierarchy has moved to stress he will keep his job, even if the big spenders fail to land any silverware.
Sergio Aguero has enjoyed a fabulous first season in England and, while every United fan may dread a Carlos Tevez goal more, it's the other Argentinian striker who could provide an even bigger threat. Relishing playing alongside his compatriot, the duo have a remarkable record when in tandem and his clever work in attack is bound to cause problems. The fact he's scored in both fixtures against the champions this term has not gone unnoticed and he is one man the defence will need to keep quiet.
"If Manchester City do not win the league this season, we will win it next season and we will be successful in the future years." City boss Roberto Mancini.
There is only one plot - the destiny of the 2011/2012 title. The 163rd derby is being