Bitter Rivals Do Battle

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Manchester City were 6-1 victors in this fixture last season. Image courtesy of mcfc.co.uk
Manchester United  can go a long way to wrapping up their 13th English Premier League title in 21 years with a win over derby rivals Manchester City  on Tuesday morning (AEST). 15 points clear of their cross-town rivals with just eight league fixtures remaining, the Red Devils will take great pleasure in wrestling the trophy back from their fiercest adversary.

Wayne Rooney will return for United after missing the past two matches with a groin strain and fullback Rafael could also play a part having overcome a similar injury, but central defenders Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans are doubtful with back and hamstring injuries respectively.

City have no new injury concerns ahead of the match, but Maicon and Jack Rodwell remain on the sidelines, while Argentine forward Sergio Aguero could be recalled to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in his side’s 4-0  victory over Newcastle United last weekend.

The last time that these teams met at Old Trafford, Manchester United endured one of the most embarrassing defeats in the history of the club, with City thrashing their hosts 6-1. Given the strong form of Alex Ferguson’s side going into this clash however, it is highly unlikely that result will be repeated with the Reds on a seven game winning run in the league and unbeaten in their past 18 fixtures. United hasn’t conceded a goal in its past 627 minutes of top flight football while City has the tightest defence in the league, with just 26 goals getting past them in 30 matches, suggesting this could be a low scoring  game. Manchester United were 3-2  victors when the clubs met at Etihad Stadium in December.

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