Manchester United, buoyed by five successive Premier League victories, head into Sunday`s derby against Manchester City a place and a point above their rivals and believing they are poised to restore red ascendancy in the city.
Manuel Pellegrini has warned his club captain Vincent Kompany that he is not assured of regaining his place in Manchester City`s starting line-up after he was left out of his side`s 2-0 victory over Leicester at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City are in danger of facing the busy Christmas and New Year Premier League programme without their top strikers and captain as manager Manuel Pellegrini counted the cost of Saturday`s win at Leicester City.
Chelsea and Manchester City tightened their stranglehold on the Premier League title race on Saturday, recording victories over struggling clubs to stretch further clear of their increasingly forlorn pursuers.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany will return for their game at Leicester City as the champions bid to maintain the pressure on leaders Chelsea with a fifth straight Premier League win, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday.
When Manchester City arrived at the Stadio Olimpico needing to beat AS Roma to stand any chance of progressing to the Champions League knockout stages, many wondered how they would cope without Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure.
Manuel Pellegrini celebrated Manchester City`s remarkable brinkmanship in securing a Champions League knock-out spot on Wednesday by hailing the champions` Roman warriors rather than the absent leading players.
Manchester City were never out of the title race and the Premier League champions did not need to change their style despite a frustrating to start the season, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Tuesday.