Its the Manchester Derby this weekend, and with both sides looking genuine title contenders we should be set for a cracker at Old Trafford.
Alex Ferguson’s men have a superb recent record against the Citizens, unbeaten in their last six encounters and winning five, although this year the match looks much closer to call.
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City currently hold all the aces with a two point lead at the top over their rivals, and it is apparent that these two could well be slugging it out at the top come May.
Much has been made of this encounter, with former United legend Gary Pallister indicating that the derby replaces the Liverpool derby as ‘United’s biggest game of the season’.
Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but it is evident that the winner of the match will take a substantial step in the right direction, and more importantly will pyschologically have the edge as the teams battle it out to lift the Premiership crown.
Sergio Aguero looks set to start up front for City while in form Mario Balotelli’s development could continue with a starting birth. The enigmatic Italian looks to be close to his best and has shown glimpses of his scoring touch, finding the net in his last three Premiership outings and he is sure to be pushing for a place. Carlos Tevez, however looks to be on his way, with City evening supplying a skip outside the Etihad for fans to dump their ‘Tevez’ shirts for recyling.
Samir Nasri and David Silva will look to continue the development of their partnership in midfield, whilst in defence the ever present Vincent Kompany will hold the back four together.
For United and Alex Ferguson, a win at Old Trafford would send out a message to their big spending neighbours and signal their intent, although the side were a little lucky to snatch a late draw at Anfield last week.
Wayne Rooney will spearhead the United attack, and while Rio Ferdinand is still out injured, Nemanja Vidic will take his place at the centre of defence following his sending off in the Champions League last week.
Ashley Young and Nani will start down the flanks and with plenty of attacking flair on display there are sure to be goals.
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