MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has made four changes to side to face Manchester City in the crucial Barclays Premier League clash tonight.
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Phil Jones, Ryan Giggs, Chris Smalling and Park Ji-sung all received recalls for what is expected to be a very tight clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Wayne Rooney will be the lone striker, with Nani expected to offer valuable support. Dimitar Berbatov, Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck are all on the bench.
The biggest surprise, however, is that Antonio Valencia is also left on the bench.
Carlos Tevez and Sergio Augero have been handed starting places in Manchester City frontline.
Mario Balotelli has returned from his five-match ban, but stars on the City bench.
Manchester City v Manchester United
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Lescott, Kompany, Clichy, Barry, Toure Yaya, Silva, Tevez, Nasri, Aguero.
Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, De Jong, Balotelli.
Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra, Nani, Carrick, Scholes, Park, Giggs, Rooney.
Subs: Amos, Berbatov, Hernandez, Young, Welbeck, Rafael Da Silva, Valencia.
Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)