The gap between the Red Devils and their 'noisy neighbors' is closer than ever, with the 19-time champions aiming to leapfrog City into the number one spot in the Premier League
Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra
Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Young
Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy
Yaya Toure, Barry
Aguero, Silva, Nasri
Darren Fletcher is favored by Sir Alex Ferguson in the so-called 'big games', so he 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 has no fresh injury worries, and looks 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 its Champions League clash with Villarreal.
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 has 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 has 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 has now scored in each of its 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.