Manchester City vs Manchester United: Key Battles

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Juan Mata of Manchester United is tackled by Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 25, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Juan Mata of Manchester United is tackled by Nicolas Otamendi of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 25, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Manchester Derby adds another chapter on Sunday, this one crucial to both teams’ top four hopes.

Manchester United will face off against their cross-town rivals in the Derby, with the loser set to be on the outside of the top four looking in.

Both squads are likely to be missing multiple players, as the Red Devils are coming off the quick turnaround from their Europa League loss and City’s Nicolas Otamendi and Victor Kompany left their Champions League match early with injury.

Louis van Gaal could get Bastian Schweinsteiger back in full after his third consecutive appearance for the team as a substitute. Antonio Valencia and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could also play for a full half as they works their way back from injury.

Whoever lines up for either team, the Derby is always a nail-biting affair. With three points on the line at a critical point in the season for both clubs, it may be a matter of which Manchester team has more individual players step up. Here are three key battle that could decide the Derby.

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