United have looked imperious in recent weeks, picking up 31 points from a possible 33 to establish a seven-point lead over second-place City, who have let 10 points slip over the same period.

However, United visit Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow, who have lost just once in 10 matches and who won 3-2 at Old Trafford when the sides last met in September. With third-place Chelsea also preparing for a problematic assignment at home to Arsenal on the same day, City will hope this weekend marks the start of their fightback in the title race.