Manchester City zoom up the table. They're now second in the table, three points behind Chelsea with two games in hand. Manchester United remain in seventh place, looking decidedly forlorn with just 51 points from 31 games. That's it from me for this evening - thanks for your time and always welcome correspondence. If you'd like to read this epic about the murder of Andres Escobar that I wrote for our Stunning World Cup Moments series, it might help send you to sleep tonight. If nothing else, it ought to help Manchester United fans put the events of this season in perspective. Good night all.

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Peep! Peep! Peep! It's all over. Manchester City keep the local bragging rights courtesy of another emphatic and imperious win over Manchester United, who have now lost 10 times in the Premier League this season, with six of those defeats coming at Old Trafford.

GOAL! Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City (Toure 90+1) Boom! Yaya Toure rifles the ball low into the bottom left-hand corner from the edge of the penalty area, having pounced on a Milner cross that deflected off Jones. With all the time in the world to consider his options, he takes a step to his right to give himself a bit more goal to aim at and shoots past Patrice Evra. It was perfectly placed and left David De Gea with no chance.

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88 min: Joe Hart almost gets caught out, trying to punch a Juan Mata free-kick which appeared to hang in the air Michael Jordan style. Under pressure from Evra, Hart concedes a corner, but nothing comes of it.

86 min: City have a penalty claim turned down when Pablo Zabaleta appears to be bundled over by Antonio Valencia in the United penalty area. One viewing in real time doesn't leave me in a position to make a definitive call on whether it should have been a spot-kick or not. Who'd be a ref, eh?

84 min: Manchester United's fans have been silenced, enabling Sky Sports to broadcast a clearly audible version of the tribute to Pablo Zabaleta dreamed up by City's fans. Parental advisory ahoy: "Ohh… Pablo Zabaleta, he is the fucking man! He is an Argentinian, he’s harder than Jaap Stam! He plays in blue and white for Pellegrini’s men! And when we win the league, we’ll sing this song again!"

82 min: Another free-kick for United, out by the right touchline, a good way out. Juan Mata's delivery is poor and enables Yayya Toure to go on one of his clanking runs down the pitch. Clankety-clankety-clankety-clankety-clank he goes from one box to the other, before squaring the ball across the edge of the United penalty area to Alvaro Negredo, who loses possession.

80 min: Fouled by Zabaleta, Patrice Evra wins a free-kick on the left, parallel with the edge of the penalty area. Wayne Rooney tries to curl the ball into the top right-hand corner and Joe Hart punches clear.

79 min: Manchester City substitution: Edin Dzeko off, Alvaro Negredo on.

78 min: James Milner takes the ball down the left touchline, before laying it off to Gael Clichy. He's robbed by Carrick, who tries to send Rafael on his way. Demichelis slides in to dispossess the Brazilian and concede a throw-in.

77 min: Manchester United substitution: Javier Hernandez on, Danny Welbeck off.

76 min: Patrice Evra tries to get a cross in from the left touchline under pressure from Zabaleta, but his effort sails over the bar. He appeals for a corner, but none is forthcoming.

73 min: Manchester City substitution: James Milner on for Samir Nasri, who's been excellent.

72 min: Joe Hart pulls off an excellent reaction save from Welbeck, who'd stolen in at the near post and attempted to clip a bouncing ball past the goalkeeper from close range.

70 min: Having been moved to the centre of midfield, Wayne Rooney gallops into the City penaltywith the ball at his feet, draws a couple of defenders and then skews the ball left and wide to Welbeck. His low drive towards the near post is easily saved by Joe Hart.

69 min: Fernandinho shoots over the bar from the edge of the Manchester United penalty area.

68 min: Manchester City substitution: Jesus Navas off, Javi Garcia on. He'll play alongside Fernandinho and allow Yaya Toure to clank further up the field in search of the nourishing goals that keep the blood coursing through his veins.

67 minute: Manchester United substitution: Fellaini off, Antonio Valencia on. It's been another dismal performance in a Manchester United shirt for the Belgian.

66 min: United advance to the fringes of the City penalty area again, with Kagawa cutting in from the left and picking out Fellaini. He turns around and plays the ball backwards.

63 min: "There's nowhere near enough pace in this side," says Gary Neville of Manchester United, as Juan Mata ambles forward to the edge of the final third with the ball at his feet, sees no options open to him, turns around and plays the ball backwards. "Nobody wants to play the risk pass," says Neville, accusing his former team of cowardice as well as sloth.

60 min: Jesus Navas drills the ball across the face of the Manchester United goal, where Rio Ferdinand goes perilously close to shanking it into his own net as he clears for another corner. There was a massive communication breakdown between himself and his goalkeeper there.

58 min: City's fans are loving this, cheering a succession of passes as their team keeps possession of the ball, sending it pinging around the pitch with a succession of increasingly ambitious passes. United bite back and Rafael skitters down the right wing at full pelt, before sending a cross into the Stretford End.

GOAL! Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City (Dzeko 56) Dzeko scores his second, deftly guiding the ball past David De Gea from about eight yards after giving Rio Ferdinand the slip at the latest in a long succession of corners won by City. Nasri was the provider, sending in an excellent delivery from the right, which Dzeko met at the near post.

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55 min: Relentless pressure from City, who are winning corner after corner after corner.

53 min: Having won the corner, Nasri taskes it and City are left ruing a gilt-edged opportunity to go 2-0 up. His in-swinger is flicked towards the six-yard box by Kompany and - having given Marouane Fellaini the slip - Fernandinho knows very little about it as the ball collides with his head and goes over the bar from what looks like unmissable, point-blank range.

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50 min: Manchester City have wrestled control of the game back from Manchester United, who were on top for the last 15 minutes of the first half. They're dominating in the early stages of the second half and win a corner when Nasri and Evra tussle for the ball on the byline.

48 min: David De Gea slips while taking a goal kick and appears to turn his ankle. He's in some discomfort and his deputy, Anders Lindegaard, is sent to warm-up on the touchline.

46 min: Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri combine well on the left-hand side of the United penalty area, enabling Fernandinho to cross for Dzeko. His effort his blocked and Carrick concedes a corner while sliding in to prevent the ball breaking to Zabaleta. It's floated towards Dzeko, but he heads over.

Second half: Manchester United get the ball rolling for the second half, with David Moyes having made one change: Shinji Kagawa for Tom Cleverley. The Japan international takes a position on the right flank that was occupied by Cleverley after the opening 10 minutes. Manchester City's side is unchanged.

Fellaini is a lucky boy: Watching replays, it beggars belief how Marouane Fellaini is still on the field. His elbow in the throat of Zabaleta was in clear view of Michael Oliver, with the referee standing just four or five yards away staring straight at him. In the Sky Sports studio, Graeme Souness and Paul Scholes are both mystified by the fact that Oliver only deemed the offence bookable. "If that's not a red car, what is?" wonders Souness. Fellaini well be withdrawn at half-time - he's been a total liability this evening and may well get sent off if he isn't hooked first.

Half-time: The teams march off for their half-time break with Manchester City leading courtesy of Dzeko's goal after 43 seconds. Manchester United looked like they'd be torn apart in the early stages, but have gradually clawed their way back into a contest that could have been done and dusted after 10 minutes. They've had 47% of the possession and four corners to Manchester City's three and it's nip and tuck as far as shots on target are concerned too. In the only statistic that matters, however, City lead 1-0.

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45+3 min: Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko voice their irritation at the referee's failure to book Wayne Rooney for a foul on the Bosnian. It looked pretty clea cut to me, but Michael Oliver obviously saw it differently.

45+2 min: The name of Fernandinho goes into the book, for a late challenge on Rooney. He can have no complaints and takes his punishment without comment.

45 min: Rafael busts a gut in a bid to prevent the ball going out for a goal kick and get a cross in instead. He slides off the pitch and clatters into an advertising hoarding at high speed, but is fit to continue after taking 30 seconds to catch his breath.

44 min: Another corner for United. Another punched clearance from Joe Hart. The linesman raises his flag and City are awarded a free-kick for some manner of indiscretion by Patrice Evra when the ball was winging its way into the penalty area.

41 min: From the left flank, Wayne Rooney floats a cross towards Marouane Fellaini at the far post. Instead of heading it back across the face of goal, the Belgian is beaten in the air by Gael Clichy, who averts the danger. Fellaini is not playing well tonight. A sly kick at Silva, an elbow on Zabaleta and a lame shot at goal have been his only contributions of note so far.

39 min: Manchester United go close twice in quick succession, courtesy of shots from Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata. The Spaniard's is the pick of the pair, but leaning back, curls a shot high over the bar when he should at least have tested Hart.

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37 min: Manchester United are growing in confidence after their appalling start, having finall settled down 30 minutes after kick-off. They're stroking the ball around with something approaching aplomb, putting City on the back foot and now Evra sends an up-and-under into the penalty area, which Joe Hart clears under pressure from Patrice Welbeck.

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35 min: Clichy and Nasri combine down the left flank. Nasri cuts inside and tries to thread the ball between defenders, into the path of Dzeko, who was making a run. It's a good idea, but his through-ball is intercepted and United clear.

30 min: For reasons best known to himself, Marouane Fellaini elbows Pablo Zabaleta in the throat as he attempts to shield the ball in midfield. He gets booked for his troubles and is very indignant. I'm not sure why, because if a red card had been produced, he could have had no complaints.

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28 min: Pablo Zabaleta is still hobbling in the wake of that enthusiastic challenge for which Danny Welbeck was booked earlier. He takes a throw-in deep in United territory, from which the home side launch a counter-attack courtesy of Wayne Rooney. Nothing comes of it.

23 min: Manchester United are gradually imposing themselves on the game, in so far as it no longer looks like Manchester City are playing against a team of random drunks dragged in from the city's Panacea nightclub. They were appalling in the opening 10 minutes, when City probably could and should have wrapped up the points. Carrick crosses the ball into the penalty area from deep, where Welbeck chests it in the direction of Marouane Fellaini. The ball sits up nicely for the Belgian, whose weak effort is straight at Joe Hart.

22 min: United win another corner, which Wayne Rooney sends into the penalty area from the left. Joe Hart punches clear.

20 min: Rooney picks out Welbeck with a lovely pass from deep. If there'd been a mite more pace on it, Welbeck would have been clean through on goal, but as it is he has to check his run to collect the ball. He's unable to shake off Kompany and a promising attack breaks down.

19 min: United surge forward down the left flank, where Mata sends the ball across the face of the penalty area, low and hard. Vincent Kompany's attempted clearance is agricultural to say the least and he puts the ball out for a corner. Nothing comes of it. Moments previously, David De Gea pulled off a splendid one-handed save after diving to his left, to keep out a goal-bound effort from Dzeko.

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16 min: Danny Welbeck over-runs the ball and then dives into a challenge with Pablo Zabaleta in a bid to win it back. He gets a yellow card and is, in my opinion, lucky not to get a red one. I'd need to see the challenge again to decide for sure, but it looked a pretty dangerous challenge to me. No sign of Valencia entering the arena yet, but United officials were preparing to bring him on after 10 minutes.

14 min: Vincent Kompany gets booked for a foul on, I think, Marouane Fellaini, who was earlier lucky to escape a yellow card after taking a petulant kick at David Silva. The way Silva's playing, I'm surprised Feallaini was able to get near enough to land a kick.

12 min: United are all over the place here. Mata's moved into a central role, Tom Cleverley has been moved to the right wing and Antonio Valencia has already stripped off his tracksuit in preparation for his entrance. Edin Dzeko squares the ball low and hard across the face of the United goal and a panicking Rafael dives to poke it back from whence it came. Only the grace of God prevents him from teeing up Silva for a tap-in and United clear.

8 min: David Silva goes close to doubling City's lead against a United team that look beaten already. Wayne Rooney's already wandering deep into his own half looking for the ball, which is never a good sign. The ball is played into a giant gap between Ferdinand and Jones, where Silva latches on to it and scuttles goalwards. Shunted a smidge left, he doesn't get much power on his shot and David De Gea saves comfortably. You'd have bet the farm on Silva scoring there.

5 min: Despite having their three men in the centre of midfield, Manchester United are being torn apart by Manchester City here. David Silva, Jesus Navas and Samir Nasri are scampering around like squirrels on crack and United's shell-shocked players appear unable to get the ball. Silva, in particular, is unplayable in this form. When the camera cut to him on the Man Utd bench in the immediate aftermath of the goal, David Moyes looked absolutely furious.

3 min: Dzekoi scores his ninth goal of the season inside a minute after a sensational start from Manchester City. They hared down the right flank, the ball was played into the penalty area after good interplay saving tackle from Rafael, when it looked like Silva was going to waltz the ball into the net. The ball was half-cleared to the edge of the penalty area, where Fernandinho clipped it to Nasri on the left side of the penalty area. Nasri rattled the upright with a low drive and Dzeko swept home from a couple of yards out. Time of goal: 45 seconds. Wow.

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GOAL! Manchester United 0-1 Manchester City (Dzeko 1) Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Manchester City have hared out of the traps and taken an early lead courtesy of Edin Dzeko.

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1 min: Manchester City kick-off. They immediately get forward down the right flank, where Yaya Toure plays the ball into the penalty area.

Not long now ...

The teams are in the tunnel and it's less than five minutes to kick-off. Michael Oliver leads them out to a raucous welcome. Both teams are wearing their customary home kits, although Manchester City's are wrapped up in tracksuit tops.

Manuel Pellegrini speaks ...

In his pre-match interview, Pellegrini joins the increasingly long line of managers eager to play down their chances of winning, by flatly denying they should be considered favourites for tonight's game. "I don't know what you mean by favourite," he says to Geoff Shreeves. "Both teams have very good players. Man United are not having their best season but they have big players and we are both equal."

An email from Andrew Herbert

"Big supporter of Moyes but the carousel that is United's team selection continues," he says. "Played well against Olympiakos, changed the team for West Ham. Played well at West Ham, changed the team for tonight. You have to wonder if there is actually forward planning or if there is some sort of names-out-of-a-hat system." Meanwhile on Sky Sports, my new favourite pundit Paul Scholes expresses his disbelief that Antonio Valencia won't be galloping up and down the right flank, having a go at Gael Clichy tonight. Without him the team's looks "a bit toothless", he says.

Paul Scholes's assessment of Marouane Fellaini's contribution thus far

"He's not been great so far, you've got to admit that," he says. " He's had a lot of problems with his wrist, but for the money they've paid for him, you'd expect better to be honest."

David Moyes explains his team selection

He tells Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves that he wants to make sure United have enough players in midfield, to make things "a bit tighter". He says he'll use Juan Mata "wisely" and play him in a number of different positions as the match progresses.

In tonight's match programme ...

David Moyes has used his notes to announce that he's at Manchester United for "the long term" and says there are plans in place for "many seasons to come" despite the problems he's endured during his first season in charge after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson. Jamie Jackson is our man on the Manchester beat and he's been reading Moyes's scribblings for the benefit of those of us not lucky enough to be at Old Trafford tonight. Click on this link to find out more.

Manchester United v Manchester City line-ups

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra, Fellaini, Carrick, Cleverley, Mata, Rooney, Welbeck.

Subs: Lindegaard, Hernandez, Young, Fletcher, Valencia, Kagawa, Buttner.

Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Toure,
Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Silva, Nasri, Dzeko.

Subs: Lescott, Milner, Negredo, Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Pantilimon, Jovetic.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

A rare treat in the Sky Sports studio ...

Paul Scholes is a pundit alongside Graeme Souness and upon being asked how he thinks things will go tonight. "I always believe we can win at Old Trafford," he says. "I believe we can win this game. City are a decen ... well, more than a decent team but I think we can beat them. David Moyes doesn't know his best team yet and the players haven't helped him in that regard by not playing well, so he hasn't been able to decide on his best team." He goes on to say that one of Manchester United's biggest problems this season has been their lack of pace and points out that Manchester United without pace are "nothing".

Four changes for each team

Rio Ferdinand has overcame a back injury to start for Manchester United, while Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck also come into a team showing four changes from the side that impressed against West Ham on Saturday. Buttner, Kagawa, Fletcher and Giggs drop out and the 40-year-old Welshman isn't even on the bench tonight.
City also make four changes: Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and Edin Dzeko came in for Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner and Alvaro Negredo, who willall be tracksuited and booted behind the red brick wall surrounding the visitors' bench at Old Trafford.

Some team news from Old Traffrord ...

Reports on Twitter suggest that Rio Ferdinand, Tom Cleverley, Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Danny Welbeck are all starting for Manchester United. I'll let you know for certain as soon as it's confirmed.

Yaya Toure speaks ...

Meanwhile on the Manchester City website, the club's free-scoring "Ivorian Tower" Yaya Toure has been outlining his team's plans for Premier League domination this season. “Our mentality is to win all 11 remaining games that we have – it’s a big ask but we know it is possible with the players we have at this club,” he said. “We know difficult it is to win the Premier League and this season, it’s maybe harder than ever before. We have to beat United and just keep going – we showed against Fulham that we are focused and ready for the challenge ahead and know our focus is on the derby."

Despite United's many travails this season, the big man insists that over-confidence or complacency won't be a problem for City this evening. “Football is very strange and United, like any club, can play really well in one game and not so good the next so we can’t worry too much about their current position or form," he said. “We have to play our game and perform the best we can and try and take three points from the game. We want to win this title and we know we don’t have any room for any mistakes.”

Juan Mata speaks ...

Having impressed playing behind Wayne Rooney in Manchester United's weekend win over West Ham, Juan Mata looks certain to start his first Manchester United derby tonight and has been interviewed in the match programme, where he spoke of the importance of the crowd at Old Trafford.

"They are our 12th player and are so important to us. They deserve a reward from our side," he said. "What we experienced in the Liverpool game was unbelievable. We lost 3-0 on a very difficult day yet when we were walking off the pitch at the end they were singing and clapping. It was amazing. They deserve more nights like we saw against Olympiacos."

Mata also said that United need to show they can win against big teams. "We need to show we can win against the big teams," he added, before pointing out that the game against Liverpool wasn't a good one: "It wasn’t a good game against Liverpool."

Speaking of the tonight's challenge, Mata wasn't underestimating the size of the challenge facing United: "It will be difficult because City are one of the best teams in the Premier League right now," he observed. "They play great football and have a lot of quality players, but in our stadium and in front of supporters I think we can have a good game."

How things stand ...

Manchester City are six points behind table-topping Chelsea, but have three games in hand. Tongiht's match is the first of a potentially season-defining run that takes in visits to the Emirates, Anfield and the trip across Manchester kicks off a pivotal run of four matches that will also take them to Arsenal and Liverpool either side of a home game game against Southampton.

In seventh place in the table, defending champions Manchester United have a lot less to play for, with even a fourth place finish and a shot at qualification for next season's Champions League group stages looking an all but impossible task. Having beaten just one team in the top nine of the table, their season has been little short of calamitous and a win tonight would go a long way towards securing Moyes the goodwill from supporters who have remained almost as vocal in their support for his appointment as their counterparts at Liverpool and Manchester City.

Publicly, at least, Moyes has refused to concede defeat in his side's battle to finish in the top four, despite the 11 point gap separating his side from Arsenal. "Until it is impossible for us to qualify for next season's Champions League with a top-four finish, we will continue to try and reach that goal," he has said. "Football is cyclical and it will not be long before we are on the up."

Good evening everybody ...

Welcome to our coverage of what promises to be an intriguing Manchester derby, with United hoping to avenge their - let's not beat around the bush here - humiliation at the hands of their city rivals last September. David Moyes' first season in charge of United has been conspicuously torrid one, but a win here tonight would earn him no shortage of goodwill from supporters anxious for portents of better things to come next season. You can read Daniel Taylor's report on what sounds like another spiky pre-match media performance from Moyes by clicking on this link, while Jamie Jackson was on hand to hear Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho say that he expects United to put up far more of a fight in tonight's match, the 167th between the sides, than they did at the Etihad.