Man City vs Man Utd: kick-off time, latest team news, TV channel & more in big derby preview

The Premier League returns with an epic clash this weekend as Manchester United make the short journey to Manchester United.

The return of Premier League football this weekend sees a eagerly anticipated clash between Manchester City and Manchester United.

It’s the Red Devils who travel to the Etihad for the latest derby, with Erik ten Hag keen to rekindle the sort of form his side were showing in the league during the early stages of September.

Due to the international break and fixture postponements as a result of the Queen’s passing and funeral, United have gone nearly a month since playing in the Premier League.

Their last domestic outing came on 4 September, when they beat Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford to record a fourth straight league win.

United have played two matches since then, however, with Europa League meetings against Real Sociedad and Sheriff Tiraspol resulting in three points so far in the group stage.

As for City, they only had one game cancelled in September, but played just four times during the month.

They’ve won their last three in all competitions, coming against Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and face a busy month in October.

United will have gone 27 days without a Premier League game, by the time Sunday arrives. Credit: Getty.

Pep Guardiola’s men are currently second in the table and trail Arsenal by a point. The Blues are unbeaten from their opening seven league games and won five and drawn two.

The Catalan will come up against one of his footballing proteges this weekend when Ten Hag travels to the Etihad. The pair worked together at Bayern Munich between 2013 and 2015, but have yet to face each other as managers.

Ahead of the derby, here’s all the major pre-match information…

When is Man City vs Man Utd?

The match kicks-off on Sunday 2 October 2022 at 2pm.

Is Man City vs Man Utd on TV?

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Premier League.

City won 4-1 in this fixture last season. Credit: Getty.

Who’s the referee?

Michael Oliver will take charge of his seventh Manchester derby - you can see his full record in the fixture here. He’ll be assisted at the Etihad by Stuart Burt, Simon Bennett and David Coote, with Paul Tierney and Adrian Holmes on VAR duty.

Form guide in recent derbies

City won both league meetings last year, but prior to that it had been a more evenly contested fixture.

United were victorious in three of the previous four league derbies, while seven of the last 10 clashes between the two clubs have been won by the away side.

Indeed, United have won three of the last four derbies at the Etihad, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer boasting a good record against Guardiola during his time as Red Devils boss.

Sunday’s game will be Guadiola’s 21st against United as a manager across Barcelona, Bayern and City. With the latter, the Catalan has won eight of his 16 matches, while he’s drawn twice and lost on six occasions.

Latest team news

City could be without John Stones for the game. The defender was withdrawn due to injury during England’s 3-3 draw with Germany and is a major doubt for the derby.

Stones picked up an injury in midweek. Credit: Getty.

Kyle Walker replaced Stones on Monday and is an option again after a recent knock. However, Kalvin Phillips is missing due to an ongoing shoulder injury.

Aymeric Laporte has not played this season but could be an option again for City, with Guardiola recently saying the defender may be available after the international break.

As for United, Anthony Martial is a doubt due to an Achilles injury, and the French forward has only played 45 competitive minutes under Ten Hag.

Marcus Rashford missed the latest England squad with a knock, but may be back in time for the derby. Should he miss out, Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to play up front for United. Donny van de Beek could also be in contention, although the Dutch midfielder was suffering with a problem prior to the international break.

Two United men also picked up issues while away with their countries. Harry Maguire is believed to have picked up a hamstring problem while representing England, and Martin Dubravka might miss out after he returned early from the Slovakia squad to Carrington for treatment last week.