Man City go into Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Everton eager to get back to winning ways after being held by Fulham last weekend.
The trip to Craven Cottage failed to yield three points for the first time this season and as a result, Roberto Mancini’s men have fallen two points behind their city rivals United.
But with Sergio Aguero on fire in attack and David Silva pulling the strings in midfield, City still look like genuine title contenders and they will fancy their chances against the Toffees this weekend.
Mind you, Everton are in decent form and David Moyes’ side were comfortable 3-1 winners over Wigan on Saturday. The Goodison Park club sit nicely in seventh place and have a good record at the Etihad Stadium in recent years and it promises to be an interesting contest.
Mancini’s main selection headache will concern Carlos Tevez and whether or not to give him a starting berth. The summer confusion over his future and the scintillating form of Aguero and Edin Dzeko has meant the Argentine has had to make do with a place on the bench.
But let’s get one thing straight, Tevez is a world class player and the City chief will be keen to fit him in somewhere.
Owen Hargreaves made his debut in the midweek Carling Cup tie with Birmingham but he is unlikely to be considered for the visit of Everton.
Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson, however, will be looking to push their way into the manager’s thoughts after also being named as substitutes at Fulham.
For the Toffees, Louis Saha could return in attack after being left out for the Wigan clash and Moyes will need all the firepower he can get for this Saturday’s 12:45 kick-off, with City in such free-scoring form this season.