Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United
- Manchester City and Manchester United play out a goalless draw at the Etihad.
- Sergio Aguero had a number of opportunities but could not find a way past David De Gea.
- Marouane Fellaini saw red for headbutting Aguero late in the second half.
Full-time: Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United
Tours picks out Navas who fires in a low cross into Jesus' path, but the Brazilian pokes his effort wide.
Aguero then stretches to connect with a De Bruyne cross but cannot direct his effort goalwards.
Mourinho does what he can to run the clock down, bringing off Rashford for Ashley Young. Well into stoppage time now.
SIX minutes of added time. Can City push the 10 men of United for a winner?
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They can! They can't. Jesus nods in from close range but is adjudged offside. Close, but no cigar for the Brazilian.
Jesus is the latest to go into the referees' notebook for a late challenge on Rashford.
RED CARD - MAROUANE FELLAINI
What on earth is Fellaini doing?!
He picks up a yellow after fouling Aguero, cynically. He then sets after Aguero again, fouls him, and then proceeds to headbutt the Argentine! Atkinson has no choice but to send him off, and the Belgian may face FA action for his simply idiotic behaviour.
Mourinho reacts immediately. He brings on Fosu-Mensah for Mkhitaryan, while Guardiola throws on Jesus for Sane.
Less than 10 minutes of normal time remaining. Neither team look like stealing a victory, with the game currently being played at a snail's pace.
Bravo does what nobody expected him to do; catch a ball.
The Chilean is now down in some pain after exerting himself to gather the ball.
Caballero is being called upon, while Guardiolas withdraws Sane in favour of Jesus Navas. United are also set to make a change, with Martial being replaced by Lingard.
This game is as bitty as anything. These two heavily assembled teams, full of quality players, are anything but cohesive going forward and are damning indictments of their respective seasons.
For a game that promised so much, it has delivered so little. De Bruyne tries the spectacular but was never close to troubling De Gea.
Herrera blocks a Kolarov closs but can't prevent it going behind for a corner.
Otamendi heads over De Bruyne's cross and the second set piece comes to nothing.
Exasperation is the feeling of the day for City fans as Sane is adjudged offside. De Bruyne seems to have woken up a little, but his side still look blunt in the final third.
De Bruyne draws a smart save from De Gea after evading a bunch of challenges.
The Belgium international's delivery was devoid of quality, though. 0-0, 60 minutes gone.
Claims for a penalty waved away by Atkinson. Sane went down after receiving attention from Darmian, never worthy of a spot-kick.
Sterling draws a foul from Martial after the Frenchman got himself into a bind. De Bruyne's cross is good, but it doesn't create a chance.
Aguero is the next City player to let loose as he jinks past a number of challenges, but his shot doesn't trouble De Gea in the slightest. City have started much the brighter in the second period.
Sterling accelerates into the Manchester United half but releases a weak shot which crawls into De Gea's arms. Kolarov then fouls Mkhitaryan on the halfway line.
Both teams are back out for the second half. Let's hope both more thrills and spills, the first half was simply devoid of them.
Half-time: Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United
A rather lethargic affair at The Etihad Stadium in truth. City have gone close through Aguero on a couple occasions, United with Herrera, but neither side have made a strong case to be leading the contest.
Rashford is troubling City's back four with his pace and movement, but he has not troubled Bravo, who almost handed Mkhitaryan a goal on a silver platter. The game needs an injection of intensity, but it's still finely poised.
Herrera goes round the back of the City defence but heads Rashford's teasing free-kick wide of Bravo's goal. United's best chance of the game, Herrera was stretching every sinute but just couldn't direct his effort goalwards.
Sterling draws Daley Blind and exploits the space left by the Dutchman, but the winger blazes his effort well over.
At the other end, Zabaleta concedes a free-kick after fouling Darmian.
Herrera engages in histrionics and handbags with Fernandinho and Toure. The Spaniard was doubled up on by the City duo and eventually snaps. Atkinson doesn't brand any cards but does give Herrera a talking to.
Fellaini sets Rashford away again but this time Otamendi deals with the pacey teen. United try and carve out an opening through Martial, but he receives no change from Kompany.
Claims for a penalty waved away by Atkinson. Toure exaggerates contact from Darmian, who would always come off second best in a physical battle against the Ivorian.
Manchester City are taking control of the clash now. Tours is sitting deep, spraying passes to the flanks, and his latest ball gives Kolarov license to drive and sting the hands of De Gea, who has certainly been the busier keeper.
Aguero tests De Gea again with a curling effort from 25 yards. The Spaniard manages to catch the ball and makes a difficult shot look simple to deal with.
The Argentine seems to have come to life in the last few moments. He rolls Blind and puts Bailly on the floor, but his fourth attempt of the game does not trouble De Gea.
Kolarov's fabulous ball picks out Aguero, who can't quite connect with the ball. Before that the Serbian found Sane in the penalty are, but Bailly was on hand again to quell the danger.
City win a corner as Martial fulfils his defensive duties. They work it to Zabaleta, but his cross draws nothing. 0-0, almost 30 minutes gone.
Almost 1-0 to United. Bravo makes an absolute hash of a Rashford cross and palms the ball into Mkhitaryan's path. The Chilean saves from the Armenian, but that will certainly not inspire confidence into his defence.
Sane is stopped in his tacks by Bailly as he drove into the area. Great defending from the Ivorian, after the young German had evaded three challenges.
Kompany replicates the work of Bailly by pinching the ball from the feet of young Rashford.
United very aggressive in single duels around their own box. They haven't given City a moment's peace so far. Zabaleta launches into a reducer on Martial high up the pitch, but wins the ball fairly.
Herrera sprays a pass down the left flank which Rashford earns a corner from.
Aguero should've made it 1-0. Best chance of the game so far.
Blind and Fellaini both try to play Rashford through but their passes are cut out. The England international is frustrated by the interceptions, but the pass always seems to be on.
Rashford is now down on the floor after Otamendi takes him down in the United half. Again, should be a yellow, but again, Atkinson turns a blind eye.
Fernandinho takes Mkhitaryan out cynically. Both players felt the full force of the challenge, but Martin Atkinson decided against reaching for his pocket. 11 minutes gone, still 0-0.
Sterling turns Carrick with ease but runs into traffic. City eventually wrestle back possession and De Bruyne whips in a glorious ball which Aguero turns onto the post. Close to the opener, perhaps should've been too.
Seven minutes gone, nothing of note has happened. Both teams feeling themselves into the game. A dazzling Martial dribble almost feeds Rashford, but the teenager was offside.
City win a corner through Aguero. De Bruyne's delivery comes to nothing and Valencia eventually hoofs the ball away from danger.
Rashford raids down the right hand channel and cuts the ball back for Herrera. The Spaniard seeks out Fellaini with a cross, but Zabaleta defends well and concedes a corner.
Marcus Rashford gets us underway.
The teams are out on the pitch and are met with a huge roar from all sides of the stadium. Kick-off just seconds away.
10 minutes until kick-off. Excited?
Some pre-match thoughts from Pep Guardiola:
"It's a big game, I'm happy to live it. It's a game against a tough team who are very aggressive. With Rashford and Martial they will run in behind, it's important for the Champions League next season.
"We need to be in the right place when we lose the ball. We have six games left, Liverpool have four, every single game will be tough. I know the game's important to the fans. It's a derby."
Some pre-match thoughts from Sergio Aguero:
"People are happy for a long time if you win a derby, it affects the whole city. People can walk the streets saying 'we beat you!' We need to win to bolster our Champions League qualification hopes.
"[Gabriel] Jesus is a very good young player, I know there will be a time when i have to step aside and players like Jesus will be brought in, when you reach a certain age, youngsters put pressure on you and you have to be even better.
"I'm happy he's back. Now I will have to be much more focused and alert. If I start on the bench again, I'll accept it. I respect my coaches and certainly respect Pep."
Are Manchester United prepared to pay north of £100m for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe? Lee Sharpe thinks so.
"The money in football now is so incredible that clubs don't baulk at any figure," Sharpe said. "And if Mbappe is going to score goals and help sell hundreds of thousands of shirts around the world they're probably not going to lose out on the deal anyway. The way marketing is now clubs get their money back reasonably quickly.
"So I don't think Manchester United should baulk at the fee. With Jose Mourinho now they make a statement and being one of the biggest clubs in the world they have to pay transfer fees in accordance with that. So to buy the best in the world to be the best in the world you're going to have to pay that fee. I don't think they'd even flinch to be honest."
Read more on Mbappe's potential move to United here.
An interesting, but rather depressing statistic for Vincent Kompany. Hopefully he is finally over his injury woes.
Some pre-match thoughts from Wayne Rooney:
"I haven't played as much as I would've liked to, I was happy to be in the side against Burnley. You want to stay in the team and to do that you have to perform well and score goals.
"All I can do is keep working and prove people wrong. I work hard in training, I just have to wait and take my chance, as i did against Burnley. I know I'm good enough to play at the top level. People have their opinions, and I have mine.
"My focus at the minute is to try and reach the Europa League final and the top four. I have a lot to offer and I feel I can contribute to the team.
"I don't think you need extra motivation to play in the derby, it's huge for the city and you want to leave your mark on it.
Maybe take this with a pinch of salt... Pep said Claudio Bravo's display against Manchester United at Old Trafford in September was one of the best goalkeeping displays he has ever seen.
Kick off fast approaching.
Some pre-match thoughts from Jose Mourinho:
"I think Paul Pogba cannot play because he's injured, thats an obvious change. Mkhitaryan, Carrick, Rashford and Valencia didn't play last game, we're trying to to rest and rotate and now's the time to come in.
"Martial's inclusion is strategy, he's not playing many matches so he is in a good condition and we want him and Rashford to be quite fresh in this match.
"I expect City to have possession because that how they play, we want the ball but honestly I think they're going to have more ball than us.
"The mentality is to try to and forget what is waiting for us and focus on today. If we focus on Europa League, we'll lose quality. Europa is our main target but we have to focus now. We try to win."
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Manchester United substitutes: Romero, Shaw, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Young, Lingard, Rooney.
Manchester City substitutes: Caballero, Sagna, Fernando, Navas, Clichy, Jesus, Garcia.
Mourinho has opted to drop Rooney and Lingard and makes four changes from the side that won at Burnley.
There is no Paul Pogba for the Red Devils, but Antonio Valencia is fit to play.
No David Silva for Manchester City. The Spaniard has failed to overcome the injury he suffered against Arsenal and will be sorely missed by Guardiola's men, who have relied on his creative spark. Sterling comes in for him, while Zabaleta and Kolarov replace Sagna and Clichy.
Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kompany, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Sterling, De Bruyne, Sane, Aguero.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Darmian, Fellaini, Herrera, Carrick, Mkhitaryan, Martial, Rashford.
Eric Bailly was almost a Manchester City player, but decided to sign for Manchester United because of one man - Jose Mourinho.
"I was in the Ivory Coast, I got called from a Portuguese number, [Mourinho] introduced himself but I just didn't believe it at first," Bailly told The Mirror. "Before I came to Manchester United, it was Manchester City who had been watching me. In my mind, I was going there. But then everything changed.
"It felt like Mourinho was the one who really wanted me. He showed more interest, he rang me and that's why I'm at Manchester United. Manchester City contacted my agent, Barcelona as well were talking to my agent, but they weren't as interested in me as Mourinho. He really pushed for the move.
Read more on the story here.
Hardly encouraging reading for Manchester United fans...
Can Mourinho improve on this record tonight? Team news just 10 minutes away.
Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera have been passed fit for the crucial trip to Manchester City on Thursday night (27 April) as Manchester United look to keep the pressure on their neighbours in the race for the top four. Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will all miss the game due to different injury concerns.
United currently sit in fifth, only one point behind City, after securing a 2-0 win over Burnley at the weekend thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial.
Asked whether and Pogba and Herrera are available, the boss replied: "Paul, no. Herrera, yes."
Ibrahimovic, Rojo, Mata, Smalling and Jones also remains on the sidelines but Mourinho trusts in the rest of his players to cope with their absences.
"We go with what we have and we fight with what we have," Mourinho said. "I trust the boys and we go with everything we have until the last second of the season, we hope. We are fighters, the boys are fighters, and we go."
Pep Guardiola says Spanish playmaker David Silva is a "major doubt" to face United but revealed in-form Sergio Aguero is ready to face Jose Mourinho's men at the Etihad Stadium.
Silva and Aguero both picked up knocks during City's FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal on Sunday, but Guardiola is confident the Argentine, who has scored in each of his last six matches, will be fit to face United in a game that could help decide the race for Champions League spots.
The former Barcelona manager was less positive about Silva, who was withdrawn from the clash against the Gunners early on, and still harbours concerns over the condition of fit-again forward Gabriel Jesus.
"David Silva is a real, real doubt – I don't know if he will be ready to play after what happened in the first minutes in the semi-final," Guardiola said in his press conference. "Gabriel has no pain at all so is ready but [after] three months out his physical condition is not optimal. Sergio is much better. Today he make a part of the training session. Tomorrow he will be ready."
Good evening and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of Manchester City vs Manchester United.
The two north west giants still have much to play for between now and the end of the season, with Champions League qualification very much at stake.
Jose Mourinho's men are in a rich vein of form and could leapfrog their close rivals with a win at the Etihad Stadium tonight, while Pep Guardiola's side, still wounded from their FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal, will be looking to respond and complete a league double over the Red Devils.
It's poised to be a thriller, so stick with IB Times UK for team news, updates and reaction.
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