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  • 23 October 2011
  • • 18:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
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Manchester United - Manchester City Preview: Biggest Game Of The Year So Far As Derby Duo Battle For Top Spot

The gap between the Red Devils and their 'noisy neighbours' is closer than ever, with the 19-times champions aiming to leapfrog City into the number one spot in the Premier League


PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra
Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Young
Chicharito, Rooney
MANCHESTER CITY

Hart
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Yaya Toure, Barry
Aguero, Silva, Nasri
Dzeko
Manchester United have had a couple of difficult games in the past week, and it doesn't get any easier as they face rivals City, looking to leapfrog their "noisy neighbours".

Darren Fletcher is favoured by Sir Alex Ferguson in the so-called 'big games', so should start on Sunday, and could be paired in midfield by Anderson after he was rested for the midweek trip to Romania. However, if Ferguson opts for a midfield three, Ji-Sung Park or Michael Carrick are both in with a chance of selection.

Meanwhile, City have no fresh injury worries, and look to be at full strength after Sergio Aguero recovered from a minor knock to appear as a substitute and score the last-minute winner in their Champions League clash with Villareal.

The only fit player that definitely will not be featuring is Carlos Tevez, who looks set to be on the sidelines for some time while his dispute with the club still ongoing.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Manchester United have won the last three derbies between the pair at Old Trafford, and 24 out of the last 25 home Premier League games.
  • Wayne Rooney has scored five league goals in the Manchester derby, joint with Paul Scholes, while Eric Cantona has the most with seven.
  • Manchester City have scored an average of 3.5 goals a game away from home in the Premier League this season, with 14 goal in four games.
  • The last time Manchester City won at Old Trafford was in 2008, the only time in the past 36 years this has happened.
  • United have now scored in each of their past 17 games.
  • City did not beat any of the 'big four' of United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool away last season.
  • Andrei Kanchelskis was the last player to score a hat-trick in this fixture in a 5-0 victory for United in 1994.




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Available Squads
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
12Chris SmallingDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
3Patrice EvraDefender
17NaniMidfielder
24Darren FletcherMidfielder
8AndersonMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
4Phil JonesDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
14Javier HernándezStriker
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
2Micah RichardsDefender
4Vincent KompanyDefender
6Joleon LescottDefender
22Gael ClichyDefender
42Yaya Touré Midfielder
18Gareth BarryMidfielder
7James MilnerMidfielder
21David SilvaStriker
45Mario BalotelliStriker
16Sergio AgüeroStriker
30Costel PantilimonGoalkeeper
5Pablo ZabaletaDefender
13Aleksandar KolarovDefender
4Kolo ToureDefender
8Samir NasriMidfielder
34Nigel De JongMidfielder
10Edin DzekoStriker
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Nani
Nani
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
David Silva
David Silva
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
5 1 2 0

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