Preview: Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini on the touchline against Viktoria Plzen during his team's Champions League group match on November 27, 2013
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Tuesday's derby between Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League.

Two of English football's bitterest rivals go head to head at Old Trafford on Tuesday night as Manchester United entertain Manchester City in the Premier League.

United have endured a difficult season under new manager David Moyes, but three wins from their last four games suggests that they have turned a corner.

Meanwhile, City come into the match looking to close the gap on Chelsea. Manuel Pellegrini's side are currently six points behind the leaders with three games in hand.

United will be keen to avenge their 4-1 defeat away to the Blues back in September when goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, combined with a Sergio Aguero brace, saw the former champions thrash their neighbours.

Robin van Persie is missing for the hosts with an ankle injury while Nemanja Vidic misses out through suspension. Antonio Valencia is likely to face a late fitness test after suffering an eye problem against Olympiacos last week.

Sergio Aguero and Matija Nastasic are both unavailable through injury for the visitors. Vincent Kompany returns after completing a suspension.

Recent form


Man City: WWLLWW

Possible starting lineups

Man Utd: De Gea; Evra, Ferdinand, Jones, Rafael; Carrick, Fletcher; Mata, Rooney, Kagawa; Welbeck

Man City: Hart; Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Kolarov; Fernandinho, Toure, Milner; Nasri, Silva, Negredo

Sports Mole says: 2-2

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini prior to kick-off against Blackburn during their FA Cup third round match on January 4, 2013
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