MANCHESTER DERBY PICTURE SPECIAL: The goals, the rows and the rivalry... plus Ryan Giggs' embarrassing tights
By MARK ALFORD
Move over the Merseyside derby. North London has nothing on this. The big one is back - the Manchester derby. Sunday. 1.30pm. Buckle up and enjoy.
Millions will be watching this Sunday's events at the Etihad. The match will be broadcast live in 212 territories across the globe, reaching an astonishing 720 million homes worldwide.
There will also be 12 international broadcasters present at the Etihad Stadium, including ESPN Brasil and NHK Japan, the highest number of broadcasters at any Barclays Premier League game this season.
It has become the stand-out fixture of the Premier League season and here's the photographic evidence... We love the goals, the rows, the celebrations, the banter and, above all else, the rivalry...
The most famous derby goal: Denis Law (No 10), then of City in 1974, scores with a back-heel past United goalkeeper Alec Stepney. It was a strike which still haunts Law because it effectively confirmed United's relegation
Life's a pitch: Supporters mob Law after his back-heeled goal on April 27, 1974 for City against United at Old Trafford. Other results would have sent United down anyway and the game had to be abandoned after a pitch invasion (right) with five minutes left.
DENIS LAW ON THAT GOAL... IN HIS OWN WORDS
Second most famous derby goal: Wayne Rooney's majestic overhead kick against City in February last year
Close one: United legend Charlton narrowly misses against City as the Blue side of Manchester prevailed with a 4-0 win in 1969
Blue moon rising: Trevor Morley (above, far right) scores City's second in their 1989 5-1 thumping of United and captain Vincent Kompany (right) rises highest to score City's opener against United at the Etihad last April
Rarity: Paul Scholes scores the first goal - with his head! - during the 2003 derby, which United won 3-1
The near miss: Manchester City's Don Revie (centre) wheels away thinking he has headed home, but the ball strikes the post and United's Bill Foulkes is on hand to clear
Red Devil: Allenby Chilton, the Manchester United captain, heads for the dressing room after being sent of against City in a 1955 FA Cup tie
Temper, temper: Bryan Robson (No 7) and Dennis Irwin (centre) wade in as Niall Quinn (No 9) and Steve McMahon (hidden) attempt to keep the peace at Old Trafford in 1992
In the red corner: Denis Law takes a swipe at Tommy Booth in 1969 as Joe Corrigan lies on the floor during the 2-2 derby draw at Old Trafford
Vile: Roy Keane abuses Alf-Inge Haaland (left) after seriously injuring the City midfielder in 2001 (right). Keane was rightly sent off. It was the culmination of a feud which had lasted four years and Keane admitted his violent intent in his subsequent autobiography in 2002
Recent rumpus: Rio fumes at Mancini and Platt in April last year
Boss bother: Mancini (left) and Fergie clash in April this year
Cup fuss: Anderson (right) takes issue with Balotelli's FA Cup semi-final victory celebration
Bottling it: Craig Bellamy, then of City, is hit by a coin while a bottle of cider narrowly misses during the January 2010 derby (left) while Cristiano Ronaldo (right) reacts to being substituted the season before by throwing his tracksuit top to the ground and sulking as United run out 2-0 winners
Kiss catch: Gary Neville plants a smacker on 2010 goalscorer Paul Scholes
Late drama: Michael Owen celebrates after scoring United's winning goal in the 2009 derby
Side stepper: Carlos Tevez, now at City, celebrates his 2009 derby goal for United
Game on: Malcolm Allison, assistant manager at City (left), reacts to the news that the 1970 FA Cup fourth round draw had pitted the two great rivals against each other as Wayne Rooney celebrates United second goal in January 2010 on team-mate Michael Carrick's shoulders (right)
City slickers: David White (Left) and Peter Reid (Right) with Colin Hendry (left) after the defender scored City's third goal in a dramatic 3-3 derby draw in 1990, while Vincent Kompany (right) wheels away after putting City 1-0 up back in April this year at the Eithad Stadium
Just for kicks: Rooney's celebration is befitting of his wonder goal against City last year
Redundant: Manchester United fans display a banner depicting the last time City won a trophy during the derby in February 2011. City have subsequently won the title and the FA Cup
Text messages: Maro Balotelli reveals his infamous T-shirt message after scoring City's first in last season's 6-1 rout at Old Trafford and Carlos Tevez beams down on the centre of Manchester from the inflammatory billboard erected after he signed foe the Blue side of the city in July 2009
Extraordinary sight: The scoreboard shows the final score of the derby match at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011
THE (FRIENDLY) RIVALRY...
The bosses: Captured here by artist Paul Trevillion in a special commission for Sportsmail, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson (left) could be looking for a spot of 'Fergie time' on Sunday against Roberto Mancini's City
Mr and Mrs: City manager John Bond and United boss Ron Atkinson share a bottle of champagne on derby day in 1981, while their wives Jan (bond, right) and Margaret (Atkinson) enjoy a cup of tea ahead of the big match
Friendly rivalry: Mike Doyle of Man City (left) and Man Utd goalkeeper Alex Stepney stroll down the 18th together in 1975
Breakfast club: City manager Mel Machin (left) and Fergie (right) chew the fat ahead of a derby fixture in 1989, while derby rivals Joe Mercer (City, left) and Frank O'Farrell United) chink glasses in 1971
... BUT WE DON'T EVER WANT TO SEE THIS AGAIN, GIGGSY...
Tight fit: Ryan Giggs wearing black leggings during the derby clash on February 13, 2005. Dear, oh dear, Giggsy