It’s derby day in the north west, as City welcome United to the Etihad in the hotly anticipated first all-Manchester clash of the season.
City will be looking to avoid the gap between themselves and Liverpool growing any wider, while United have their eye on the European places after an impressive win over Tottenham in midweek.
From Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick to Mario Balotelli’s ‘Why Always Me’ T-shirt, the Manchester derby has been the provider of some iconic Premier League moments in recent years.
After four Premier League titles in eight years, City have long since shed their nickname of the noisy neighbours, and now it’s the red side of Manchester’s turn to play catch up.
Thanks to Opta, here are all the key facts and figures you need ahead of the Manchester derby.
Just What Colour is Manchester?
Only Chelsea (18) have won more Premier League games against Man Utd than Man City have (15). 10 of those victories have come in the last eight years (67%), but remember – money doesn’t buy you happiness.
However, Man Utd have only lost one of their last four away league games against Man City (W2 D1), though it was in this exact fixture last season (1-3).
Could Home Advantage Prove Crucial?
The Etihad has been a daunting place to visit in recent years, with Manchester City winning 24 of their last 27 Premier League home games (D1 L2). The Citizens have netted 81 goals in that time, only failing to score on one occasion.
United, meanwhile, have not had many happy travels. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have won just one of their last 11 away league games (D4 L6), and are without a clean sheet in their last 12 matches on the road. They last conceded in more consecutive away league games in April 1986 (15 games).
Man Utd have won seven away league games under Ole Gunnar Solskjær, but the average starting league position of those seven clubs is 14th, with third placed Tottenham (in January 2019) the only side they’ve beaten who started the day in the top half of the table.
Doing the Double
Man City won 3-1 and 2-0 against Man Utd in the Premier League last season. The last team to beat the Red Devils by two or more goals in three consecutive top-flight meetings was Liverpool, who recorded four such wins in a row between 1978-1979.
City have an impressive record over their Manchester rivals since the appointment of Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard has won four of his six Premier League games against Man Utd (D1 L1).
In Man City’s top-flight history, only Les McDowall (7/24) and Joe Mercer (5/10) have tasted victory against the Red Devils more when in charge of the Citizens.
Contrasting Fortunes Up Top
Marcus Rashford has been in a rich vein of scoring form for club and country this season, with the 22-year-old directly involved in 14 goals in his last 13 games in all competitions for Manchester United and England (12 G, 2 A) .