Roll the years and go back to 2005 when David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini clashed for the first and only time so far. At the time, the former was in charge of Everton while the latter was at Villarreal.
The Toffees had dreamt of playing in the UEFA Champions League but their hopes were dashed in the qualifying round tie as they went down 4-2 on aggregate to the Yellow Submarine. This painful defeat, marked by the controversially disallowed goal of Everton forward Duncan Ferguson, still bothers Moyes.
Now, as manager of Manchester United, he will be out for revenge. What better platform to try this but the Etihad Stadium on a Manchester Derby occasion?
City and United have similar results in all competitions this season: two wins, one draw and one loss. A tie would leave the hosts above the visitors on goal difference. Ahead of Matchday 5, both teams have seven points from a possible 12.
Manchester City have won their two home games, scoring six times and keeping their lines clean. Manchester United’s last away trip, meanwhile, ended in defeat; that was on the first day of September at Anfield.
All over the world, football fans are anxiously looking forward to the first Manchester Derby of the 2013/14 Premier League season. A familiar name in modern women’s football, USA goalkeeper Hope Solo, is one of those. She is hoping for Manuel Pellegrini’s Citizens to go three points clear above the Red Devils.
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Manchester City’s starting XI: Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov; Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Navas; Aguero, Negredo
Manchester United’s probable starting XI: De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Young; Rooney, Welbeck