Manchester United will look to end a four-game slide against their rivals on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford in a pivotal meeting between the teams. A hot stretch by United has them above City in the Premier League standings with just seven games to play.
Five straight wins by United and three defeats in the same span by City has completely changed the complexion of the battle for second place. Only Arsenal (with 10 wins in last 11 matches) are in better form then the Red Devils.
Manchester United forward Robin van Persie has missed the last six weeks with an injury, and despite declaring himself fit for the match he will take no part.
Manchester United has never lost five straight Premier League games against a single opponent. This will be the 169th meeting between the two teams. United has 69 wins, City 49 with 50 draws. Manchester United has the best record in the league at home with 13 wins from 16 matches.
English Premier League Game Week 32
Sunday, April 12th at 10:30AM
Old Trafford in Manchester, England
10:30 AM Eastern Time
NBCSN (US)/Sky Sports 1(UK) (International viewers, click here for your local provider)
Manchester United +145, Manchester City +185, Draw +245
Stats You Need to Know
Scouting Manchester United
Record: 18-8-5, 3rd (62 points)
Coach: Louis van Gaal, 1st season
Goals Per Game: 1.77
Clean Sheets: 10
Leading Goal Scorer: Wayne Rooney, 12
Assist Leader: Angel Di Maria, 10
Card Leader: Marcus Rojo, 6 yellow cards, Wayne Rooney, 5 yellow cards, 1 red card
Scouting Manchester City
Record: 18-7-6, 7th (61 points)
Coach: Manuel Pellegrini, 2nd season
Goals Per Game: 2.03
Clean Sheets: 10
Leading Goal Scorer: Sergio Aguero, 17
Assist Leader: Jesus Navas, 7
Card Leader: Vincent Kompany, 6 yellow cards