Premier League - City v United: Head to head

Mon, 30 Apr 16:40:00 2012

Manchester United and Manchester City are separated by only three points heading into Monday night's crucial Premier League encounter.

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The two clubs have never been so closely matched in the Premier League era, with the spending power of City owner Sheikh Mansour allowing the blue half of the city to catch up rapidly with the established powers from Old Trafford.

But ahead of a much-anticipated derby battle, which side has the edge at present?

The current league statistics, presented in our infographic below, demonstrate United have a narrow advantage at the top of the table.

However, should City win at the Etihad Stadium they will be level on points, and Roberto Mancini's side already have a superior goal difference that is six in excess of City's.

A first Premier League triumph would swing the balance of power more in favour of City, but they still have some way to go to match United's 19 titles.

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When we turn to the respective playing staffs, it is clear again that the two sides are very closely matched.

In goal, Joe Hart was named in the PFA Team of the Year while David De Gea had a very difficult start to his career at United, making plenty of mistakes before being dropped.

An injury to Anders Lindegaard allowed him back into the team though and while he concedes more goal per game than Hart, he also makes more saves.

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When we look at the two attacks, United and City possess two of the league's top three goalscorers, though Robin van Persie tops the charts with 28.

Wayne Rooney has four more goals than Sergio Aguero and scores at a quicker rate, though the Argentina international has more assists.

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