City v United: The essential info
The first Manchester derby of the season takes place on Saturday, when Manchester United round up the day’s Premier League action with a trip to the Etihad Stadium.
The Reds go into the game fresh off the back of an important home win over Tottenham Hotspur, with Marcus Rashford once again at the double.
Meanwhile, Manchester City overcame Burnley 4-1 on Tuesday night thanks to a brace from Gabriel Jesus and strikes from Rodri and Riyad Mahrez.
Here’s all the need-to-know information ahead of this weekend’s much-anticipated encounter...
The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the UK. Alternatively, MUTV subscribers will be able to watch all the build-up through the ‘Match Day Live’ show from 16:00 GMT; this is then followed by live radio commentary. You can also keep up to date with what’s going on through our coverage on ManUtd.com and the Official App, where you can track live data and player statistics in the Match Centre. MUTV will be showing a full re-run of the game the following day.
For the second year in a row, Anthony Taylor will take charge of the Manchester derby at the Etihad. The 41-year-old, who was born in Wythenshawe, has overseen one match at Old Trafford this campaign - our 4-0 demolition of Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season - and was referee during our away defeat to West Ham United in September. Taylor will be assisted by Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, while Mike Dean will assume the role of fourth official on Saturday. VAR will be used for the first time in a Manchester derby, with Michael Oliver in charge and Marc Perry as his assistant.
Chelsea kick this weekend's Premier League action off when they travel to take on Everton in the lunchtime game, while Liverpool’s trip to Bournemouth is one of three 15:00 GMT starts. There are four games on Sunday, before West Ham United and Arsenal wrap things up on Monday night. Here is the full list of Premier League fixtures for this weekend…
SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER
Everton v Chelsea (12:30 GMT)
Bournemouth v Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
Watford v Crystal Palace
Manchester City v UNITED (17:30 GMT)
SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER
Aston Villa v Leicester City (14:00 GMT)
Newcastle United v Southampton (14:00 GMT)
Norwich City v Sheffield United (14:00 GMT)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers (16:30 GMT)
MONDAY 9 DECEMBER
West Ham United v Arsenal (20:00 GMT)
Kick-off at 15:00 GMT unless otherwise specified.
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