Wayne Rooney

Manchester United visit the Etihad Stadium as the Premier League champions take on Manchester City in the weekend's big Premier League fixture. The winner of the Manchester derby on Sunday will break into the top four, and could even go top of the table, depending on results elsewhere.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 4pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Radio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:25pm BST. You can follow live updates by going to the IBTImes UK live blog here.


Manuel Pellegrini's men come into this game after a midweek 3-0 away win over Viktoria Plzen in their first Champions League fixture of the season. Three second half goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero gave City all three points.

City have not enjoyed a good start in the domestic competition, having won only two of their first four games and losing to Cardiff City in their second game of the season. The Citizens have seven points from their first four games and sit seventh in the league table, level on points with United, who are eighth in the table.

Meanwhile, United also had a bright start to their Champions League campaign, defeating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford. The victory over the Bundesliga outfit saw David Moyes register his first win as a manager in Europe's elite club competition.

Robin van Persie

Wayne Rooney was the star player for the Premier League champions, finding the back of the net twice as he took his tally to three goals in two games. Robin van Persie also continued his impressive form, finding the back of the net against Leverkusen, as did Antonio Valencia.

The last time these two sides met at the Etihad, United won 3-2, with the former Arsenal skipper scoring a controversial winner in the dying moments of the game.

What The Managers Say

Manuel Pellegrini: "I don't know what happened in the past but I know that our mentality at the moment is very strong. It is as strong or more strong than Manchester United. A derby has a lot of different things but it is not the first important match we have played."

David Moyes: "We've played well in the last few games and have got a bit of confidence and hopefully we'll try and show that in the game on Sunday," the boss told reporters on Friday. "There is an excitement for any derbies in any big city in the world. They're all really important to your own supporters."

Team Form

Edin Dzeko

Manchester City

    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W L W
    • Last Result: Viktoria Plzen 0-3 Manchester City

Manchester United

    • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W L D W
    • Last Result: Manchester United 4-2 Bayer Leverkusen

Team News

Manchester City

    • Injuries: Martin Demichelis (knee)
    • Doubtful: Gael Clichy (thigh), Micah Richards (hamstring),
    • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Hart; Zabeleta, Nastasic, Kompany, Kolarov; Silva, Navas, Fernandinho, Toure; Aguero, Dzeko

Manchester United

    • Injuries: Phil Jones (ankle), Darren Fletcher (bowel)
    • Doubtful: Danny Welbeck (knee)
    • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: De Gea; Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Nani; Rooney, Van Persie