After months of waiting, the Manchester derby is finally here and an explosive encounter is expected to go down at the Old Trafford on Saturday.
It will be the first time that Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola have faced off in the Premier League, which adds an extra layer of intrigue, making it the most hotly anticipated Manchester derby for a long time.
The two had several rough times while managing in Spain and the English media will be hoping that there are more fireworks in Manchester.
During the last seven Manchester derbies, City have fared better, winning four times. However, last season they struggled in the fixture and failed to score once against their rivals.
In the match at Old Trafford, the two teams ended level with the scoreline at 0-0.
Meanwhile at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester United took the bragging rights thanks to a Marcus Rashford goal.
Manchester United have started the season in impressive form, winning the first three league matches under Jose Mourinho.
For City,the have also had an impressive start, but haven’t managed to deliver a top draw performance yet. Although there are flashes of brilliance, they have struggled to perform at that level for an entire 90 minutes.
Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and Claudio Bravo could all make their debuts this weekend, but it is only the goalkeeper that is likely to start.
Vincent Kompany is available for selection, while Nicolas Otamendi won’t start after returning late from international duty.
Sergio Aguero will be suspended, thus making Kelechi Iheanacho the possible starter upfront
Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both doubts with knocks. Juan Mata is expected to continue in the starting eleven, while Marcus Rashford is pushing for his first competitive start of the season.
Wayne Rooney is the top scorer in the history of the Manchester derby with 11 goals.
In the 11 Clasicos that were played when Mourinho and Guardiola were managing the top two clubs in Spain, there were an incredible 81 cards dished out.
Guardiola has won seven of the 16 meetings with Mourinho, with the Portuguese manager winning just three.
It’s not the same as if we were here all week and working, resting and not travelling, but there are no injuries and everybody has returned safely and on time for at least one training session.-Mourinho
“I have said many times I have a lot of respect for him. I always try to learn from all my colleagues and opponents and I learn from him as well. José was my coach, when he was assistant to Bobby Robson- Guardiola
Predicted line ups
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Pogba, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Martial, Ibrahimovic.
Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Stones, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Nolito, Sterling, Iheanacho.