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What time, what channel, team news and all you need to know about the Manchester derby


The first Manchester derby of the season takes place at the Etihad Stadium on October 1 (Martin Rickett/PA)

The first Manchester derby of the season takes place at the Etihad Stadium on October 1 (Martin Rickett/PA)

The first Manchester derby of the season takes place at the Etihad Stadium on October 1 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United face a trip to their noisy neighbours and current champions Manchester City this weekend. Here’s all you need to know about the game.

Where and when is it on?

Sunday’s match takes place at the Etihad Stadium with a 2.00pm kick-off.

Where can I watch the game?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 1.00pm. The game is also being streamed live via the Sky Go app.

What is the head-to-head record like?

This will be the 188th Manchester derby since their first meeting on 03 Oct 1891, a 5-1 FA Cup win for the Reds.

In total, Man United have won 77 against City's 57 victories. There have been 53 draws.

Last season's games saw two wins for City, 2-0 at Old Trafford and 4-1 at the Etihad.

What's the team news?

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Man City are without defender John Stones with the hamstring injury sustained on England duty last week, but fellow centre-back Aymeric Laporte is nearing a return after recovering from a knee operation.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips is out after undergoing shoulder surgery during the international break.

Man United forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are doubts but have returned to training.

The duo have been working their way back to fitness over the international break, during which captain Harry Maguire picked up a knock that will see him miss the trip to the Etihad Stadium.

Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka returned from Slovakia duty with an fitness issue and midfielder Donny van de Beek has been injured recently, with defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams remaining long-term absentees.

Manchester City provisional squad: Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Cancelo, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Laporte, Gomez, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Foden, Silva, Palmer, Grealish, Mahrez, Haaland, Alvarez.

Manchester United provisional squad: De Gea, Dubrabka, Heaton, Dalot, Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Martinez, Lindelof, Malacia, Shaw, Eriksen, Casemiro, McTominay, Fred, Van de Beek, Garnacho, Antony, Fernandes, Iqbal, Sancho, Elanga, Ronaldo, Martial, Rashford.

What can I read about in the build-up on Independent.ie?

A new documentary - Haaland: The Big Decision - has lifted the lid on the intricate process devised by Errling Haaland's father Alfie that led to one of Europe's most coveted players picking City, and it will not make happy viewing for United fans. James Ducker has more details here.

Haaland's dream debut Premier League season continued with another goal in a 3-0 win over Wolves, a game that saw Ireland's Nathan Collins sent off for Wolves.

On the other side of the city, it's been a nightmare season for Man United's Harry Maguire and that continued with the concession of a penalty to Germany in England's 3-3 draw.

What are the match odds?

Man City are clear favourites at 3/10 with Man Unted 7/1 and the draw priced at 9/2.

What are the two camps saying?

Pep Guardiola:

“Erling is taller, that is for sure, but I like it when the people underestimate a football player just for his size.

“He (Man United centre half Lisandro Martinez) can tell them: ‘I am here, I am a good player, I can play everywhere’. He’s a fantastic player – incredible in the build-up, good mentality, aggressive.

“It is not the first time he has played against strikers who are taller than him and he handles it.

“Of course, the crosses into that position, Erling is taller, but we will see what happens.”

Erik ten Hag:

“We don’t play against Haaland. We play against Man City.

“They have a team, more than 11 players, but also we are convinced of our capabilities and if we act as a team, in and out of possession, then you can beat such opponents.

“That is the belief we have to take with us when we line up, when we start the game and we do it over more than 90 minutes on Sunday, clear.”

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