The Manchester derby will be in the spotlight this Sunday as Premier League football comes back to life.
Arsenal take on Tottenham at lunchtime on Saturday, live on talkSPORT, and then another blockbuster derby will be upon us on Sunday.
Man City have been in fine form once again this season, sitting second in the table and still unbeaten.
Pep Guardiola’s men beat Wolves the last time Erling Haaland continued his remarkable form since joining the club over the summer.
Man United, meanwhile, have bounced back from their poor start to the year in impressive fashion and have won their last four in the top flight.
But he has not been in league action since their 3-1 win over Arsenal on September 4 after their games against Crystal Palace and Leeds were postponed following the Queen’s death.
The Red Devils will return to action with possibly the toughest test in world football: Man City out.
Man City v Man United: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League match will take place on Sunday, October 2.
Kick off at the Etihad is at 2pm.
The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football with coverage from 1pm.
talkSPORT will have updates throughout the game, while talkSPORT.com will run a live blog.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
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Man City v Man United: team news
City are likely to be without Kalvin Phillips as he continues to struggle with a shoulder problem.
But Aymeric Laporte could participate for the first time this season after overcoming his injury.
For United, they will need to check out Marcus Rashford, who has a nagging muscle injury.
Donny van de Beek is also a doubt, while Anthony Martial will not appear.
Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a gruesome cut to his face while on international duty and it remains to be seen if he will be fit enough to face City.
Casimiro should make his first league start with the Red Devils.
Man City vs Man United: Match Details
- Manchester City have scored more Premier League goals in both the first half (10) and second half (13) of games this season than Manchester United in total (8). Meanwhile, the Red Devils have conceded a league-high 75% of their goals in the first 45 minutes this season (6/8).
- Manchester United have won their last four Premier League games, having lost four in a row before that. The last time they won five league games in a row was in April 2021 under Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
- Manchester City have won their last seven Premier League home games, scoring at least three goals each time. The last team to win eight straight home games in the top flight and score more than 3 goals was Tottenham between March and September 1965.
- The away team has won 21 times in the Premier League meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United; the visitors have not won a game more often in the competition’s history.
- Manchester United have lost 17 Premier League games against Manchester City, only losing more against Liverpool (18) and Chelsea (18) in the history of the competition.
- Manchester City are seeking to win three successive Premier League games against Manchester United for the first time since a run of four between April 2013 and November 2014.
- Heading into this weekend’s games, Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne ranks first in the Premier League this season in assists (6), expected assists (3.1) and chances created (25). In addition, the Belgian midfielder has been directly involved in 30 goals in his last 30 appearances in the competition (16 goals and 14 assists).
- Antony scored on his Premier League debut in Manchester United’s 3-1 win against Arsenal last time out – the only Brazilian player to score in his first two Premier League appearances was Robinho in September 2008.
- Erling Haaland has scored a hat-trick in each of his last two Premier League home games for Manchester City, against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest. No player has scored a hat-trick in three consecutive Premier League home games before, while the last player to score as many as three hat-tricks at home in a single campaign was Sergio Aguero in 2018-19.
- This will be Erik Ten Hag’s first Manchester derby in charge of Man Utd – each of the previous five Red Devils managers to take charge of one in the league have lost their first (Moyes, van Gaal, Mourinho, Solskjaer and Rangnick), with Alex Ferguson the last to win in March 1987.
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