Gundogan and Stones return to City starting XI as Jesus get the nod up front |

First plays third in this afternoon’s Manchester derby, although the chasm between City and United is wider than a mere two places suggests.

Pep Guardiola’s side are on a 21-game winning run in all competitions, with 15 of those victories coming in the Premier League.

They are 14 points ahead of United going into today’s clash at the Etihad, where the action gets underway at 16:30 GMT.

Guardiola has made three changes for the derby, with John Stones, Ilkay Gündogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko unsurprisingly back in the starting XI after their midweek benchings.

Aymeric Laporte, Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker make way, while Phil Foden is benched yet again.

There’s no ‘false nine’ for this encounter, with Gabriel Jesus spearheading a three-man attack.

There are four changes for Manchester United, meanwhile.

Anthony Martial has returned from injury and replaces the absent Edinson Cavani, while there are also starts for Daniel James, Victor Lindelof and Scott McTominay.

Mason Greenwood, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic drop out.

David de Gea is still absent for personal reasons, so Dean Henderson continues between the posts.

Manchester City XI: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling.

Manchester United XI: Henderson, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, James, Bruno Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.

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