Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Manchester Derby Live Stream and Preview

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Manchester United vs. Manchester City: Manchester Derby Live Stream and Preview
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One of the fiercest rivalries in English football kicks back into action on Tuesday, as Premier League champions Manchester United host neighbours Manchester City in a hugely important derby match.

The game could see City take a step closer to their second Premier League crown, if they can take the three points on offer. 

The Sky Blues have the advantage over league leaders Chelsea, with three games in hand and only six points off the pace, per BBC Sport.

As has been well documented, it has been United's most disappointing campaign for a generation, with the Red Devils lying in seventh spot.

David Moyes' team are 12 points behind their local rivals having played two games more, but they must seek to maintain recent momentum if they are to take confidence into their Champions League quarter-final tie with Bayern Munich.

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Here is how you can catch the action this Tuesday:

When: Tuesday, March 25, at 7:45 p.m. GMT/3:45 p.m. ET

Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, U.K.

TV: Sky Sports 1/Sky Sports 1 HD/Sky 3D (U.K. only)/NBC Sports (U.S. only)

Live Stream: Sky Go (U.K. only)/NBC Sports (U.S. only)

Key Storylines

Have United Turned a Corner?

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The opening acts of the David Moyes production at the Theatre of Dreams have undoubtedly received negative reviews. 

In the Scotsman's brief time at the club, United have plunged from winning the title by a country mile, to being a light year off the pace for the championship. 

However, with a fantastic comeback against Olympiakos and a Wayne Rooney goal from the half-way line, the hearts and minds from the red half of Manchester have been temporarily lifted.

A victory against City would see the Faithful go into delirium.

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United have leaped up the Premier League form guide after their wins away at Crystal Palace, West Brom and West Ham, and a further win against City will add vital points for their pursuit of European football next season.

With Robin van Persie out for a month with a knee strain, it will be left to Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata to power United into an end-of-season charge.

United have not been very successful in the last few derbies, and The Manchester Evening News and Bleacher Report's Rob Dawson highlighted a reason for this, illustrating the importance of City captain Vincent Kompany

He tweeted:

If United play to their strengths and try to attack City, they can win this match. But if they try to contain the Premier League challengers and stop them from scoring, they will be beaten in double quick time.

United do not have the defensive confidence to stop Yaya Toure and his teammates at present and will need to play the game in the City half of the pitch as much as possible. 

Sergio Aguero Missing

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City have coped admirably in the various absences of the perennially injured Sergio Aguero, but it is questionable whether the Argentine's latest time on the sidelines might well cost them the title.

Aguero has been electric this year when he has been fit. The striker has scored 15 goals in his 17 Premier League appearances this season, per Squawka, and he will be required in the first team in the title run-in.

He has missed 11 matches this season in the league, and on Tuesday, he could be the missing link for his side if they do not win at Old Trafford.

With Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo in differing form, City will look toward Toure once again to provide the goals.

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The Ivory Coast international scored a hat-trick at the weekend, and it is fair to say the Sky Blues still know where the back of the net is, after their 5-0 win at the Etihad against bottom-of-the-table Fulham.

City are the favourites going into the Manchester derby, but form very rarely dictates these one-off matches. United will feel that they can get a result as they attempt to cling on to the faint hopes of their horrible season.

A City victory will see them progress toward the front of the queue to claim the title this season, and it is hard to envisage anything but a win for the team in blue on Tuesday night. 

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