The Manchester derby may confer bragging rights to the red or blue half of the city but, barring a monumental collapse, the title is heading back to Old Trafford.
United are 6/5 (2.20) to win on Monday night and effectively regain the title that went to their neighbours for the first time in 44 years.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had only themselves to blame as they let an eight-point lead in April last season - a slip that included losing to Wigan, giving up a two-goal lead against Everton and succumbing in the final derby game of the season 1-0 at City.
The champions for their part went on a six-game unbeaten run to pip United at the post, culminating with Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp winner against Queens Park Rangers.
As such, Roberto Mancini’s side won’t meekly roll over and hand the title back as they try to salvage some pride.
They go into the game at 12/5 (3.40) underdogs with Paddy Power but are looking to keep their fifth clean sheet in six matches and can be backed at 5/1 (6.0) to win to nil with the online bookmaker or 10/3 (4.33) to keep a clean sheet.
United arguably have more to lose in this game and were thumped 6-1 in this fixture last season as they tried to pull back a two-goal deficit.
Aguero effectively sealed the points that day giving the visitors a 3-0 lead and he’s 7/1 (8.0) to score the first goal and the same price to score the last goal with Paddy Power.
United need summer signing Robin van Persie to return to the sort of form that has bagged him 19 league goals this season with his new club but Rooney should return from injury and has scored four goals in his last four games against City - netting twice in both 3-2 wins at the Etihad.
Rooney is 7/4 (2.75) to score at anytime over the 90 minutes or 10/1 (11.0) to score two or more goals in Paddy Power’s goalscorer market.
And if Wayne Rooney or Sergio Aguero score the last goal, Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on the match.
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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