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Chris Smalling will be handed his first start in a Manchester derby.

Rio Ferdinand (calf) and Jonny Evans (ankle) are both ruled out, meaning Smalling will partner Nemanja Vidic in the centre of United's defence.

Javier Hernandez was the latest member of the Red Devils' international contingent to report back for duty, although given his arduous journey following Mexico's meeting with Bosnia, the best he can hope for is a place on the bench.

Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong is doubtful for the derby against because of an ankle injury.

However defender Micah Richards has recovered from a similar problem and comes into contention at Old Trafford.

Striker Mario Balotelli could return after a four-week absence with a knee injury which followed his hat-trick against Aston Villa.

United (from): Van der Sar, Lindegaard, Kuszczak, Rafael, O'Shea, Brown, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fabio, Nani, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Gibson, Anderson, Park, Bebe, Giggs, Rooney, Berbatov, Hernandez, Owen.

City (from): Hart, Given, Zabaleta, Richards, Boateng, K Toure, Kompany, Boyata, Kolarov, Lescott, Wright-Phillips, De Jong, Vieira, Milner, Y Toure, Silva, Barry, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli, Jo, Guidetti.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 30 August 2014
12:45
Burnley v Man Utd  
15:00
Man City v Stoke
Newcastle v C Palace  
QPR v Sunderland
Swansea v West Brom
West Ham v Southampton
17:30
Everton v Chelsea
Sunday, 31 August 2014
13:30
A Villa v Hull City  
Tottenham v Liverpool  
16:00
Leicester v Arsenal  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Tottenham 2 5 6
2 Chelsea 2 4 6
3 Man City 2 4 6
4 Swansea 2 2 6
5 Arsenal 2 1 4
6 Hull City 2 1 4
7 A Villa 2 1 4
8 West Ham 2 1 3
9 Liverpool 2 -1 3
10 Everton 2 0 2
11 Sunderland 2 0 2
12 West Brom 2 0 2
13 Man Utd 2 -1 1
14 Southampton 2 -1 1
15 Stoke 2 -1 1
16 Leicester 2 -2 1
17 Newcastle 2 -2 1
18 C Palace 2 -3 0
19 Burnley 2 -3 0
20 QPR 2 -5 0

Updated Wed, 27 Aug 2014

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