A loss today could open up a four-point gap between City and pacesetters Arsenal.
Who: Manchester City vs Manchester United
Where: Etihad Stadium
When: 2pm (13:00 GMT)
The season’s first Manchester derby is set to take place at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
However, in recent years, the Manchester derby has lost some of its sheens.
In the years following Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, Manchester United has floundered in the wilderness.
Manchester City, in that same period, has taken rapid strides towards establishing itself as the top team in the land – and perhaps the world.
Sunday’s game comes at an interesting point in the two teams’ evolution.
The stakes are higher for Guardiola
A United manager will seldom enter a Manchester derby with as little pressure as Ten Hag does today.
His project is still in its teething phase but a win at the Etihad will be a strong statement of intent.
The pressure, however, is on Pep Guardiola. With players expected to be plagued by injuries and fatigue on the other side of the World Cup that takes place in November and December, he’ll know that the chances of his team retaining the title hinge heavily on the period from now until then.