Manchester United v Manchester City Preview

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat against Wolves last weekend with a win over City rivals Manchester City tomorrow lunchtime.

Man United may have lost last weekend but they are still top of the Premier League table, four points ahead of Arsenal who drew 4-4 with Newcastle. Man City won 3-0 against West Brom last weekend and are in third, five points behind Man United but they have played a game more than United and Arsenal.

Both Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans have been ruled out so Chris Smalling will start alongside Nemanja Vidic in the centre of Man United's defence. Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez is expected to be named on the bench suffering from fatigue.

Along with Ferdinand and Evans, Owen Hargreaves and Antonio Valencia are on the injured list.

Man United squad: Van der Sar, Lindegaard, Kuszczak, Rafael, O’Shea, Brown, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fabio, Nani, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Gibson, Anderson, Park, Bebe, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov, Hernandez and Owen.

Manchester City's Nigel De Jong is rated as doubtful after struggling with an ankle injury, also doubtful are Michael Johnson and Dedryck Boyata. Adam Johnson is out injured but Mario Balotelli may return after spending a few weeks out on the sideline.

There have been a total of 154 matches played between the two clubs, which have seen 64 Man United wins, 50 draws and 42 Man City wins. Man United and Man City have played each other once this season, which was in the league, back on the 10th November 2010. After much hype and build-up, the game finished as a 0-0 draw.

Referee tomorrow is Andre Marriner, he has officiated a total of 24 games this season showing 81 yellow cards and three red cards. Marriner has refereed two games involving United this season; the 3-1 FA Community Shield win over Chelsea at the start of the season and 2-1 away win in the league at Stoke.

Marriner has refereed three games involving City this season; their 0-0 draw away to Spurs, the 1-0 home win against Chelsea and another 1-0 home win but against Bolton.

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