Manchester derby: Essential reading ahead of Manchester City vs Manchester United

Unbeaten Manchester City host Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium aiming to stay top of the Premier League – but can Jose Mourinho’s men cause an upset like they did in the same fixture last season?

From analysis and expert opinion to stats and interactive features, here’s your essential reading ahead of the big showdown…

The rivalry

Take an interactive journey as Sky Sports examines the Manchester rivalry during the Premier League era…

City vs United: Evolution of a rivalry

The analysis

How is Riyad Mahrez improving Manchester City? Why are Aymeric Laporte and John Stones now Pep Guardiola’s favoured centre-back partnership? And how has Sergio Aguero changed his game to suit Guardiola’s style?

Mahrez making City better

Changing of the guard at City

The evolution of Aguero

Do Manchester United have the players to compete with the Premier League’s top teams? How does their style differ from rivals City? And is Paul Pogba really a big-game player?

Are Man Utd good enough?

A Manchester derby mismatch?

Pogba a big-game player?

The stats

From recent records and United’s results at the Etihad to why Anthony Martial could be key, we pick out the essential stats ahead of the big game.

Manchester derby essential stats

United’s Martial and City’s Raheem Sterling go into the game in fine form – but which one of them topped the Sky Sports Power Rankings this week?

Martial or Sterling: Who tops the Power Rankings?

The pundit views

Has there been a power shift in Manchester? Has Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola had a bigger influence on the Premier League? And just how do you stop Manchester City?

We asked the Soccer Saturday pundits for their views.

Manchester power shift?

Pep or Jose: Who has had a bigger impact?

How to beat Man City

Just for fun

As well as all the serious analysis and predictions – we’ve also got some fun interactive games for you to play!

QUIZ: Name the Manchester derby goalscorers

VOTE: Best Manchester derby goal

RANK: Jose and Pep’s summer signings

PICK: Your Man City XI to face United

PICK: Your Man United XI to face City

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