Striker Carlos Tevez will be charged by Manchester City for refusing to warm up against Bayern Munich when his disciplinary hearing concludes today, as his side face Manchester United.
A club investigation failed to prove City boss Roberto Mancini’s claim that Tevez did not follow instructions to come on as a substitute.
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But it all casts a rather unsavoury shadow over the Barclays Premier League clash of the season so far, when Tevez’s City make the short hop across town to play rivals United this weekend.
For the first time since the swinging ‘60s, both Manchester clubs occupy the top two spots in the table and to say that the Old Trafford contest is eagerly anticipated would be an understatement.
The main difference this time around is that the blue half of Manchester go into derby day on top of the pile and with so much quality at their disposal, it is hard to back against them.
But United will be fired up after being knocked off top spot by the ‘noisy neighbours’ and a vociferous home crowd could give them the slight edge.
In team news, United have no new selection worries ahead the live TV contest and their only absentees through injury are midfielder Tom Cleverley with a foot complaint and defender Rafael, who is nursing an injured shoulder.
It would be a huge shock if Wayne Rooney doesn’t start after being on the bench against Liverpool last weekend and key man at the back Nemanja Vidic also looks set to reclaim his place in defence.
City forward Mario Balotelli is likely to return after missing the last-gasp Champions League victory over Villarreal in midweek through suspension.
The action gets underway at 13:30 this afternoon and it promises to be an afternoon of high drama at Old Trafford.