Manchester City v United: Five key clashes at the Etihad

Manchester City v United: Five key clashes at the Etihad

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21:49 GMT, 28 April 2012

It's the big one on Monday in Manchester as title rivals City and United go head to head at the Ethiad. We look at the five key battles.

AGUERO v FERDINAND

Ferdinand has responded well to his manager's assertion that he had to change his style to survive. But he will have his hands full with Aguero, whose 29 goals this season represent an outstanding return for a debut season in English football.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (C) scores past Manchester United's keeper David De Gea and Phil Jones

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (C) scores past Manchester United's keeper David De Gea and Phil Jones

YAYA TOURE v SCHOLES

Different in size and style but each vital to their team winning the midfield battle. City's decline this season can be traced back to Toure going to the African Cup of Nations in January, while Scholes is yet to lose a league game since coming out of retirement.

CLICHY v VALENCIA

Valencia was injured for City's 6-1 win at Old Trafford and Clichy had an excellent match-up against Nani. Valencia does not have Nani's skill but his energy will stop Clichy advancing down the wing from left-back.

ROONEY v KOMPANY

Wayne Rooney scores the third past Tony Hibbert

Wayne Rooney scores the third past Tony Hibbert

Rooney is chasing the Golden Boot but he will not have a tougher opponent than Kompany. The City defender's red card at the Etihad in January was a major factor in Sir Alex's team winning the FA Cup tie 3-2.

TEVEZ v SIR ALEX

Sir Alex Ferguson has never forgiven Tevez for the way his contract tantrums overshadowed United's title win in 2009 and his subsequent 'Welcome to Manchester' move to City. For a while, it seemed United were best rid of him but Tevez has returned from going AWOL with a bang.