The last four Manchester derbies have been rather spectacular affairs with countless talking points. 

From Manchester City's 6-1 win at Old Trafford to Robin Van Persie's last minute winner at the Etihad, the Manchester derbies have been fast and fierce in recent times. 

However, with Manchester United's 15 point gap at the top, will this game live up to the previous occasions? 

First of all, let's clear something up. It's never acceptable to either set of fans to lose a Manchester derby. Whether City are 15 points behind or 15 points ahead, these games mean so much to everyone and it will be no different on Monday evening when the two giants collide.

In terms of the atmosphere, United fans will be right behind their team because they want to overcome Chelsea's points record and beat City by as many points as possible to the title.  

For these two reasons, the United fans are going to be in full voice. As for City fans, they will be hoping their team can take something from a season that has never got close to last season heroics.

For United, the pressure is on. Playing at home in a derby and with a comfortable lead in the race for the title, the fans will be expecting a performance and a great result so the pressure is certainly on Robin van Persie, Rooney and co to give the fans what they want. 

As for City, they can play with as much freedom as they like. With it looking increasingly likely that the title will be coming back to Old Trafford this season they haven't got much to play for, especially as neither Spurs nor Chelsea look capable of overtaking them into second. I expect City to go for it from the off with Aguero and Tevez getting into gear (well, Aguero anyway!) from the first whistle.

The starting line-ups will be interesting with both teams sole focus on this game so I don't expect many surprises. The likes of Zabaleta, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Yaya Toure will be key in the centre but it could come down to who can take their chances and with four top strikers on the pitch we may get another amazing Manchester derby.


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