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TRAINING: Derby day is well on the way!

IN FOCUS: Nicolas Otamendi calls for the ball during a drill

IN FOCUS: Nicolas Otamendi calls for the ball during a drill

The 179th Manchester Derby is almost upon us…

And after a convincing display away to Burnley in midweek, Pep Guardiola’s men will be brimming with confidence as they gear up to take on their biggest rivals.

Nonetheless, when your local rivals are in town, the formbook goes out the window, and Manchester United will be keen to build on their impressive 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

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With the game fast approaching, the team finished off their final preparations with sights now firmly set on extending our unbeaten record in the Manchester Derby to seven matches.

And, to top off the excitement, the lads sported their brand-new training gear at the CFA courtesy of our first ever training kit partner, Marathonbet.

Building on our existing relationship as the Club’s Official Global Betting Partner, Marathonbet branding has been added to both our men’s and women’s senior team training gear, with the kit being unveiled following Pep Guardiola’s pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

Catch the best of training via the gallery below!

Men's Team

Zinchenko fit for derby but Aguero unavailable

Pep Guardiola has been boosted by the return of Oleksandr Zinchenko ahead of the Manchester derby, though Sergio Aguero will miss the game.

The City boss had expected to be without the Argentine, who suffered a muscle injury against Chelsea three weeks ago, and officially ruled him out at Friday’s pre-match press conference.

Men's Team

De Bruyne worldie nominated for Goal of the Month

IT'S MY GOAL!: Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva light-heartedly contest the scoring rights!

Kevin De Bruyne's wonderstrike agianst Newcastle has been nominated for the Premier League Goal of the Month.

The Belgian's sensational rocket against the Magpies has earned deserved recognition, shortlisted for November's awards.

Media Watch

Media Watch: City's derby warning signs for United

Derby talk, another slice of transfer gossip and a tribute to ‘big brother’ Raheem Sterling from a City youngster are the intriguing ingredients on offer in Friday’s media round-up.

Your latest City opinion and transfer gossip from the local and national press.