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Foul by Ji-Sung Park on Nigel De Jong, free kick awarded. Carlos Tevez goes off and Emmanuel Adebayor comes on. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Luis Nani, Kolo Toure makes a clearance.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani to the near post, clearance made by Gareth Barry.
Shot from deep inside the area by Pablo Zabaleta clears the crossbar.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Gareth Barry gets a block in.
Corner taken by David Silva.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line to the near post, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Aleksandar Kolarov joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jerome Boateng.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Gareth Barry. Dimitar Berbatov leaves the field to be replaced by Javier Hernandez. Wes Brown takes the direct free kick.
Gareth Barry has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Michael Carrick.
David Silva takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Michael Carrick.
Wes Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Caution for Wes Brown. Adam Johnson joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Milner. Free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
John O'Shea comes on in place of Patrice Evra. Corner taken by James Milner played to the near post. Shot from just outside the box by Gareth Barry misses to the left of the goal.
Darren Fletcher is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Hart.
Foul by Carlos Tevez on Rio Ferdinand, free kick awarded. Rio Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line. The ball is delivered by Luis Nani, Pablo Zabaleta makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Luis Nani, Joe Hart makes a save.
Carlos Tevez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Shot by Dimitar Berbatov. Joe Hart makes a save.
Patrice Evra challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
Wes Brown replaces Rafael Da Silva.
Nemanja Vidic concedes a free kick for a foul on Gnegneri Toure Yaya. David Silva delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Foul by Carlos Tevez on Rafael Da Silva, free kick awarded. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Paul Scholes goes into the referee's book. Gareth Barry takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Gnegneri Toure Yaya. Edwin Van der Sar takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Nigel De Jong. Direct free kick taken by Ji-Sung Park.
Paul Scholes concedes a free kick for a foul on James Milner. Carlos Tevez fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Edwin Van der Sar. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Milner.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva to the near post, clearance made by Luis Nani.
Dimitar Berbatov challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Silva on Ji-Sung Park. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
Dimitar Berbatov challenges Nigel De Jong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by James Milner.
Short corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line.
Corner taken by James Milner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Corner taken left-footed by David Silva. Nigel De Jong takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Carrick.
Patrice Evra takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Ji-Sung Park challenges Gnegneri Toure Yaya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jerome Boateng.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva by David Silva. Free kick taken by Rafael Da Silva.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Pablo Zabaleta takes the free kick.
Michael Carrick has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Luis Nani takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Nigel De Jong.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher by Jerome Boateng. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Luis Nani, Joe Hart makes a save.
Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Da Silva. Free kick taken by Rio Ferdinand.
James Milner delivers the ball, Rafael Da Silva fouled by Carlos Tevez, the ref awards a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
Luis Nani challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. Nigel De Jong takes the direct free kick.
The referee gets the game underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The game restarts for the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Roberto Mancini accepts that his Manchester City team are scrapping with Manchester United for second place in the Barclays Premier League.
Ahead of the derby at Eastlands , the Italian boss has reiterated that Chelsea will retain the title.
Mancini sees no reason to change that view even though the current holders go into their home match with Fulham on the back of a defeat by Liverpool.
Successive victories for City - they overcame West Brom on Sunday - would see them on the same points tally as United.
Mancini said: "I think Chelsea will win the Premier League as they are better than the other teams.
"But all the other sides that are near them can try because the season is long and difficult. We must play a lot of games.
"Our target must be the Champions League. It is important we are near Chelsea and Manchester United in January and February.
"I think we can have a chance. We must take it game to game. For the moment we must only think of United."
City ended a run of three straight defeats at the weekend and according to Mancini that win has increased the mood of confidence in the camp.
United held the upper hand last season with back-to-back victories in the league thanks to late goals from Michael Owen in the first game and then Paul Scholes in the second.
City were left cursing their luck in the Carling Cup semi-final as well after a 2-1 first leg victory.
United, however, secured their passage to Wembley thanks to a stoppage time winner from Wayne Rooney in the return.
Mancini hopes City have learned a lesson from those three heartbreaking results, especially as United beat Wolves at the weekend with almost the last kick of the game.
He said: "A victory before you play United is important for the players and for all of us. They know now we are a strong team. The situation has changed.
"We have respect for them, we have respect for Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson) because he is the top manager in the world. But we are getting better. It will be a good game.
"In the last three of four derbies City have played at the same level as United but have lost late in the game. This season we are a different team.
"They are a strong team who are ready to play until the last second. They won against Wolves like that. They have a strong mentality because they have won a lot of trophies."
Mancini could be short of attacking options as Mario Balotelli is suspended after being sent off at The Hawthorns following a brace while Emmanuel Adebayor has a calf problem.
It could mean a return for Jo alongside influential captain Carlos Tevez, who returned to the team at the weekend.
Sir Alex Ferguson is crossing his fingers that the virus that has swept the Manchester United camp since their return from Turkey last week does not wreck their bid for a derby-day win.
After losing several key players for the weekend win over Wolves, Ferguson had to send more home from training on Monday and admits he has no idea what the make up of his side to face Roberto Mancini's men at Eastlands will be.
In addition, Ryan Giggs and Owen Hargreaves (both hamstring) are definitely out, while Nani (groin) is rated extremely doubtful to recover from the injury he suffered in Turkey last week.
Ferguson may still regard United's meetings with Liverpool as a derby of "honour" but even he accepts the intensity surrounding duels with City has exploded in recent years.
The Red Devils head across town to Eastlands eager to collect three points in their quest to overhaul Chelsea at the Premier League summit but knowing local bragging rights are now of equal significance.
It means Ferguson's old adage of Liverpool being United's true derby-day opposition no longer applies.
"The Liverpool game is one of honour in terms of trophies won," outlined Ferguson.
"Liverpool edge it in European Cups, we edge it in FA Cups and World Championships.
"Now the meetings with City are ones of great intensity, which is built up by the media explosion around what they are doing and what they are trying to achieve.
"The fact we are both in the same city means there is an incredible intensity in this derby game now, which was not there 10 or 15 years ago."
Dull derby ends all square
A Manchester derby that promised so much delivered precious little as City and United ground out a goalless stalemate at Eastlands.
At least for Roberto Mancini's men there was no injury-time heartache after suffering three such defeats last term.
For United, who controlled long periods, their unbeaten run in all competitions now stretches to 25 games.
In truth, the result only suited Chelsea, giving credence to Mancini's belief that these warring factions are actually scrapping for second spot at best.
United old-boy Carlos Tevez came closest to scoring with a first-half free-kick that was clawed out by Edwin van der Sar, the visitors left to lament those wasteful days at Fulham and Everton earlier in the season which mean they are now four points adrift of the leaders.
As the virus that has swept through the United camp had eased sufficiently for all bar Ryan Giggs to report for duty, Ferguson must have been quite pleased with his selection.
Giggs' loss was significant in the sense it robbed this edition of an old-fashioned blood and thunder Mancunian set-to of a constant presence since his debut, 33 games ago in 1991. As it turned out, this was a good one to miss.
It left United with plenty of experience though, which they used to its maximum during a disappointing opening period which they largely controlled without being able to carve out the opportunity they craved.
One decent chance did come their way, when one of a number of neat passing moves ended with Park Ji-sung feeding a ball into the City box for Patrice Evra to chase.
Had Evra been able to step round Kolo Toure and shoot with his left foot, the hosts would have been in trouble.
As it was, the Frenchman had to let fly with his right and Joe Hart made a comfortable save.
For their part, City were equally bereft, which was frustrating for supporters, who clearly expected more of Yaya Toure in particular given the frustration they expressed every time their big-money summer signing from Barcelona wasted possession, as he seemed to do quite frequently.
There was almost half an hour on the clock before they built up any momentum, with the industrious James Milner chief instigator.
It was United old-boy Carlos Tevez who came closest to breaking the deadlock though, after Paul Scholes had bundled Milner over on the edge of the area.
Tevez quickly made it clear the free-kick would be his responsibility and only its relative lack of pace allowed Edwin van der Sar to claw the ball out as it headed for the far corner.
Aside from a Nani free-kick that also lacked pace and a mis-timed Dimitar Berbatov volley, both of which bounced harmlessly through to Hart, one of five starters being watched by Fabio Capello ahead of England's friendly with France next week, that was it for the goalmouth action.
Indeed, the only other notable moment was the foul by Scholes on Milner just before the break which resulted in a fifth yellow card of the season, ruling him out of Saturday's trip to Aston Villa.
The pattern continued after the restart, with Berbatov getting his clearest sight of goal, albeit with his back to it as he hooked Wes Brown's cross goalwards without being able to test Hart.
Tevez threatened twice at the other end, the first time with a shot that Van der Sar gathered easily, the second a burst that ended with a dismal miscontrol and the ball bobbling out for a goal kick.
It was that type of match really, with Tevez too isolated and David Silva too far below his potential for City to become the sum of their expensively-assembled parts.
Adam Johnson seemed like an obvious man for Mancini to turn to and his introduction for Milner 20 minutes from time instantly brought the width his side had been so devoid of.
As Javier Hernandez was given his first taste of derby day shortly afterwards, a rousing finish to an otherwise forgettable encounter was promised.
Unfortunately, it did not quite work out that way.
Pablo Zabaleta almost profited from a mistake by John O'Shea, but did not. Hernandez almost got a clear sight of goal before Kolo Toure blocked his path.
It was that kind of night.
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