The Manchester derby will be live on Sky Sports this Sunday and here are five essential stats ahead of kick-off.
City may be nine points ahead of United in the Premier League at the moment but it is the red side of Manchester that has had the derby bragging rights for much of the last three years.
United have won four of the last eight meetings, while City have won only twice during the same period. The most recent meeting was a thrilling win for United at the Etihad in April.
Jose Mourinho’s side were two goals down at the break but a double from Paul Pogba and another strike from Chris Smalling gave United the win and prevented City from clinching the Premier League title.
That result was City’s last Premier League defeat at the Etihad. Since then, they have won eight of their nine games at home in the competition, including all six this season.
And, a look at City’s attacking performances on home turf since that defeat shows how much of a challenge Sunday’s game will be for Mourinho’s side.
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City have won more games, scored more goals, taken more shots and had more possession than any other side in their last nine Premier League home games.
They have also had 438 touches in the opposition box, again, more than any other side – that’s an average of 49 a game.
There is hope for United, though, as April’s success at City was their eighth at the stadium – no side has won more times at the Etihad since the club moved in 15 years ago.
United are also unbeaten in their last three visits to the Etihad and you have to go back to November 2014 for City’s last win at home against the Red Devils.
A solitary goal from Sergio Aguero was enough for victory against Louis van Gaal’s side that day and City’s record goalscorer will be eager to start on Sunday – he only played 14 minutes in total against United last season.
In the Premier League, only Wayne Rooney has scored more Manchester derby goals than Aguero’s seven.
However, the Argentine hasn’t scored in his last three Premier League games against United and he hasn’t been on the winning side in his last five.
While Aguero and City have been finding the back of the net on a regular basis this season, United’s forward line have been finding things more difficult.
Anthony Martial has been the star man for Mourinho’s side in recent weeks scoring in their last four top-flight games and scoring five of United’s last eight Premier League goals.
Martial averages a goal or assist every 106 minutes this season – that is the best record of any United forward.
The rest of United’s forwards have struggled. Romelu Lukaku, who missed the win at Bournemouth last weekend due to injury, has not scored in his last nine games, and Alexis Sanchez has only found the back of the net once this season.
So, first up on Super Sunday, it is Chelsea against Everton from Stamford Bridge, with coverage starting at 1pm.
And then, all eyes on Manchester for an unmissable Derby Day. Manchester City against Manchester United, live from 4.15pm on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League.
Enjoy the games and see you next time.
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