This Sunday the footballing world’s eyes will all be Inside Old Trafford, 76,000 physically and extended millions through varied digital windows.
Reuters sports correspondent Simon Evans caught up with Mike Phelan ahead of the game for some expert insight into what to expect and how much this game could mean. Phelan has been involved in countless United v City clashes and is well placed to comment. Over 16 years Phelan has experience both on the pitch and in the technical area and has been involved in winning everything these two incumbent mangers aspire to bring to Manchester. The interview gives insight into key determinants which could decide the game, the possible destination of the title, and any lessons other Premier league or European managers will be looking to learn as all eyes descend on Old Trafford at 4pm this Sunday.
A few key facts for the statistically inclined
5,902 passes completed | 83% Accuracy | No.7 in the Premier League.
120 Chances Created | 7th in the PL.
David De Gea has the best saves to chances ratio in the Premier League (Saved 11.2 goals, facing 4.5 more chances than any other GK in the Premier League).
Man United have the best clean sheets record (9) in the Premier League so far this season.
Romeu Lukaku is United’s top goal scorer - 8 goals and 4 assists.
United currently have the longest home winning streak in the league (7).
Antonio Valencia has never lost in any of the last 22 Premier League games in which he has scored.
9,571 passes completed | 89% Accuracy | No.1 in the Premier League.
162 Chances Created | 2nd in the PL.
Equaled the record for longest winning run (13) in a single top-flight season [Arsenal: 01-02 & Chelsea: 16-17].
Kevin De Bruyne has made more league assists (35) than any other player in the Top 5 European Leagues since his debut.
Gabriel Jesus has been directly involved in 21 goals (15 scored & 6 assists) in 24 Premier League appearances.
Raheem Sterling has scored 13 goals in 19 games in all club comps this season. His best ever return from a single campaign.