Mark Clattenburg will referee the Manchester derby this Sunday in what is likely to an even more fiercely contested affair than usually, given United and City go into the game separated by a single point.
Widely regarded as one of the best referees in the Premier League, Clattenburg has refereed United three times this season, sending off two United players in the process.
Alan Smith has admitted he never thought Manchester United would sign him and that the opportunity to play for Sir Alex Ferguson was too good to turn down.
In an interview with Andy Mitten on the Manchester Evening News, the former United man, now playing for Notts County in League One, revealed some interesting details over what brought him at Old Trafford.
Louis Van Gaal has been shortlisted for the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month award for March, as a recognition for Manchester United’s much-improved form over the last month.
United won all their three league games in March, beating Newcastle at St James’ Park courtesy of a late Ashley Young goal, before losing at Arsenal at home in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
Marouane Fellaini’s resurgence showed no signs of stopping on Saturday night, as the Belgian scored twice for his country in their 5-0 win against Cyprus.
After enduring a torrid time under David Moyes, Fellaini has been one of United’s best performers this season, scoring five goals in 23 all competitions and establishing himself as a regular in Louis Van Gaal’s starting XI.
Wayne Rooney has said that he was happy with Louis Van Gaal’s decision to deploy in his natural role up-front after a spell in midfield adding he felt pleased with his current vein of form.
Earlier in the season, with Van Gaal trying to accommodate Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao in the side, Rooney found himself deployed as central midfielder, as United shifted between 4-4-2 and 3-5-2 formations.
Marouane Fellaini has described Louis Van Gaal as the sort of strict manager Manchester United needed this season after David Moyes’ shambolic, short-lived tenure.
The Belgian arrived at Old Trafford on deadline day last season but failed to recapture the form he had shown at Everton and soon became a pantomime villain, as he epitomised Moyes’ ill-fated 10-month spell in charge of the club.
Michael Carrick believes that Manchester United have finally found the winning formula and that their 2-1 win against Liverpool on Sunday highlighted they’ve finally turned a corner.
Louis Van Gaal has struggled to impose his style onto his team since arriving at Old Trafford in July, with United coming under intense scrutiny for serving up some insipid football during the Dutchman’s first eight months at the helm.
Gary Neville believes Manchester United will be the underdogs when they travel to Anfield on Sunday, adding that they’ll need to withstand huge pressure if they’re to get anything out of the game.
With eight games left in the season, United’s trip to Merseyside could be a pivotal moment in deciding the two teams’ destiny in the race for top four, with United currently two points ahead of Liverpool but with Brendan Rodgers’ men unbeaten in the league since losing at Old Trafford in December.