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All the best stats, trivia and head-to-head info for the Manchester derby

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Old foes reuinited - Guardiola and Mourinho
Old foes reuinited - Guardiola and Mourinho

It is the most eagerly anticipated Premier League match of 2016 so far and here are the vital statistics ahead of Saturday's Manchester derby.

DID YOU KNOW: Something has to give at Old Trafford next weekend, as United and City have compiled perfect starts to the season after three wins each.

FACT: Man City started last season on fire and had three wins on the board, eight goals scored and none conceded at this stage of last season.

DID YOU KNOW: United captain Wayne Rooney is the all-time top scorer in Manchester derbies with 11 goals.

FACT: City boss Pep Guardiola holds an edge over his old foe Jose Mourinho, winning seven of their previous meetings, drawing six and losing just three times.

DID YOU KNOW: Mourinho and Guardiola worked together at Barcelona between 1996-2000, but the duo did not appear to develop a lasting friendship given their frosty relationship in the years since.

FACT: Mourinho and Guardiola have both won 18 major titles in their management careers, with both now aiming to beat the other to their next big honour in the Premier League.

THE CLASSIC CLASHES

City: 0 United: 1 - Premier League, March 20th 2016

Louis van Gaal did not leave a lasting legacy to be cherished at United, but he had a fine record of winning games against the better sides in the Premier League. Marcus Rashford grabbed a famous winner in this game at the Etihad Stadium.

United: 4 City: 2 – Premier League, April 12th 2015

United were pushing to secure a top four finish and they needed to see off their local rivals to cement their Champions League return. Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling scored their goals.

United: 0 City: 3 – Premier League, March 25th 2014

Just when David Moyes feared his misery as Manchester United boss could not deepen, City raided Old Trafford and hammered his bedraggled team into submission in humiliating fashion. His time as United boss came to an end soon after.

City: 2 United: 3 – Premier League, December 9th 2012

United were still smarting from City’s success in stealing the Premier League title away from them, but they confirmed their intention to win it back as Robin van Persie fired a special hat-trick to secure a win at the Etihad

City: 1 United: 0 – Premier League, April 30th 2012

A title decider that United knew they dare not lose, with a Vincent Kompany winner enough to send City on their way to their first Premier League title.

United: 1 City: 6 – Premier League, October 23rd 2011

One of the most talked about Premier League matches of all-time saw Roberto Mancini’s side serve up a hammering to United at Old Trafford. The tee-shirts celebrating this victory were printed before the final whistle sounded in this game among City fans.

DE GEA v BRAVO

Man City manager Pep Guardiola will need to make a call on whether new signing Claudio Bravo is ready to start his first game for the club at Old Trafford. He may be tempted to stick with Willy Caballero after his steady to start to the season.

BAILLY v NOLITO

With Sergio Aguero suspended, summer signing Nolito will be thrown into the mix and he will be keen to add to the three goals he has scored in his first four games for City. Bailly has looked immaculate so far, but the Manchester derby will be his big test.

MARTIAL v STERLING

The battle of the speedy wide men will be crucial to the outcome of the biggest game of the Premier League season so far, with Sterling starting the season in sparkling form and Martial a little less impressive so far.

IBRAHIMOVIC v STONES

City have invested much of their future hopes into the fledgling talents of Stones and their £50m centre-back will get the ultimate test against United’s No.9. Ibrahimovic will relish this challenge against his novice rival.

THEY PLAYED FOR BOTH

Denis Law – United legend Law has been suffering with illness of late and this goalscoring great who also played for City at the back end of his career has received the best wishes of all in the Manchester football family.

Brian Kidd – A United hero from their 1968 European Cup winning side at Wembley, Kidd went on to play for City in the latter stages of his career. He has also been a coach at both clubs.

Peter Schmeichel – A towering presence in Alex Ferguson’s side that dominated English football in the 1990s, this great Dane was one of the all-time great keepers.

Andy Cole – Cole played 22 times and scored nine goals for City at the back end of his career, but he is best remembered for his role as a leading marksman in United’s Treble winning team of 1999.

Carlos Tevez – A bad boy who caused trouble on and off the field with both United and City, he also scored goals aplenty for both clubs.