The 179th Manchester derby this weekend could see the tale of two travesties. If the Sky Blues are victorious then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at the wheel could end with the air bags going off.
Manchester United and Manchester City’s explosive rivalry has a new edge: Mourinho v Guardiola.
It’s been the managers dominating the headlines in recent months, but on Saturday it is up to the players to make those.
Unsurprisingly, most of the pre-match attention has centred on the two new bosses, the football match a mere side show as two managerial megastars resume their decade long rivalry.
Louis van Gaal felt his Manchester United side required a bit more luck to beat a resolute Manchester City side in a dull derby encounter.
Manchester United used to dominate the Manchester derby and have everything on their terms but since Sheikh Mansour took over the Citizens in 2008, the bragging rights in Manchester have become equally split.
The relative lack of current success for both clubs is threatening to take some of the bite out this most tempestuous of clashes.
Dale picked up an impressive point when drawing 2-2 at Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday but have been plagued by suspensions and injuries to key first team players in recent weeks.
Pablo Zabaleta is leaving the celebrating to the fans after Manchester City beat Manchester United, as his team face a crucial Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow.
The persistent determination of Wigan, despite three consecutive stalemates, finally paid off as James McClean’s late double helped his team back from a 1-0 deficit against Championship leaders Derby County.
Bolton Wanderers need to start taking their chances if they are to turn around their abject start to the season, admits manager Dougie Freedman.