season. Our memory of last season is disappointing - we lost the title versus Everton! But we're playing well, I’m pleased with our form. I'm changing the team around and everyone who has played has done well, which creates competition.” - Sir Alex
Whistle blower: Mark Halsey is the man in the middle for this North West derby. The Lancashire-based official has taken charge of 42 matches in all competitions this season, dishing out 42 yellow cards and three red. United fans last saw him during the 4-3 win over Reading at the Madejski.
Rivals watch: Chelsea host Wigan Athletic on Saturday before Manchester City take on Southampton in the tea-time kick-off at St Mary’s.