The second Manchester derby of the Premier League season looks set to be a mouth-watering encounter this weekend.
United welcome City to Old Trafford – LIVE on talkSPORT – with the hosts in fine form while Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking to make history.
The Citizens will complete the league double over their rivals for the sixth time if they win, which is the most out of any other team in the competition’s history.
They came out on top of a nine-goal thriller earlier on in the campaign after hat-tricks from both Erling Haaland and Phil Foden handed them the three points in a 6-3 victory.
After scoring six goals in that clash, they only need two more to equal or three to break their record number of goals scored against Man United in a season since 1955.
Setting new records for the club would be perfect for manager Guardiola as he also marks a special occasion this weekend.
The Spaniard will take charge of the 500th top-flight game of his managerial career.
Although Erik ten Hag will be out to spoil the party after he became the quickest Red Devils boss to reach 20 wins in charge, with his side in superb form.
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United have won their last eight games in a row in all competitions while also winning nine consecutive matches at Old Trafford.
This form will leave them hopeful of coming out on top in the derby, with a win moving them one point behind their rivals and possibly adding the Red Devils into the title race.
The key man during this form has been Marcus Rashford.
The England star has scored in his last eight games at Old Trafford and is Ten Hag’s side’s top scorer with 15 goals this season.
After he scored a late brace off the bench in midweek, the United boss said: “I have told you many times, when he brings himself into position, when the teams puts him in the positions, in the one-on-ones in the box he will score and that is what he is doing at this moment.
“So if he keeps the focus and keeps putting the effort in he will keep on scoring.”
If he is to score once again, it will be his fourth in a row in the Premier League, a feat that he hasn’t achieved since January 2019.
However, the 25-year-old has failed to score in any of his last five appearances in the Manchester derby, managing only one shot on target.
United’s form against City at home is equally as poor, losing eight times to their rivals at Old Trafford which is more than any other team.
The stats leave Guardiola’s side hoping for history to repeat itself while the Red Devils and Rashford will be keen to use their form to prevent another derby defeat.
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