For today's game against Manchester City, you would imagine that players like Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Daley Blind are going in the starting line-up. While they're not Mancunians, and haven't grown up caring less about Manchester City, Phil Jones insists the foreign players at the club fully understand how important a win for us is today.
Phil Jones has spoken about today's derby against Manchester City. He claims they are trying to prepare as they would for any other game, but realises that's difficult to do when there's so much at stake.
I don't think it [City's recent form] matters one bit when you look at the quality of their players and what they can do.
Louis van Gaal has confirmed he knows how important derby and hears people talking about it everywhere they go in Manchester.
When you are walking the streets of Manchester everybody is talking about the derby and also the players – the English players and also the Spanish players.
Joe Hart has sung the praises of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney ahead of Sunday's derby.
Rooney in a good place and is playing really well at the moment. He's taken the responsibilities of being captain for his club and country really well – he's a player I rate really highly and he's a good guy, too and I'm looking forward to playing against him.
Wayne Rooney has claimed that there is more spice to the derby now, compared to when he first came to Manchester United.
City finished just two places above the relegation zone when Rooney joined United from Everton, but now that they are competing for the title, the rivalry has increased.
In the first few years after I came here City were never a threat to the title or to us.
Wayne Rooney has scored more goals in the Manchester derby than any other player. Now, as captain, he insists that his teammates are playing for pride when they meet City on Sunday, and he wants to give the fans something to celebrate.
I think it's a very important game for Manchester United and Manchester City.
Robbie Savage has told the BBC that the Manchester derby has come about at the wrong time with City, contrary to Vincent Kompany's claims after their recent defeat against Crystal Palace.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is wrong when he says Sunday is a good time for his side to be facing local rivals Manchester United.
When Manchester United played Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup in 2006, Alan Smith broke his leg in the final minute when blocking a shot from John Arne Riise. He was given oxygen on the pitch and stretchered off.
As the ambulance left the ground, taking Smith to hospital, it was ambushed by a group of Liverpool supporters.
Diego Forlan will forever be remembered by Manchester United fans for the two goals he scored at Anfield in our 2-1 win in 2002. He scored twice within three minutes and the moment has been immortalised in a song.
Forlan has reflected on what it means to him to hear this song when he is all over the world watching United play.
Paul Scholes has had a dig at Mesut Ozil and Arsenal FC, but claiming that the most ambitious players always leave the club because they know they can't win the league with Arsenal.
Over the years, the big players who were really ambitious – Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fbregas, Robin van Persie – have all left.
Sports Direct have published a feature showing the various regions where Premier League shirts are sold.
They've concentrated on eight clubs, including United and City, and have had made some fairly surprising discoveries, and some not so surprising.
Manchester United have had larger attendances than City every single season since the war, regardless of which club was enjoying the most success, and even when we had to play at Maine Road when Old Trafford was bombed.
Speaking ahead of Sunday's derby, Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that United aren't any stronger this season compared to last.
Similar. I think that both teams are similar. We are not stronger. I think Manchester United bought very important players this year. I think also they are at the moment where you start with a new manager and new players which is not easy.
In first eight years of Glazer ownership, Manchester United spent 54.32% of their income on transfers and wages, lower than any rival.
In response to Mike Phelan's claims that Manchester United had "lost their way" following the sale of Danny Welbeck, Jason Burt wrote for The Telegraph about United's history of youth team players. He claimed "it is a myth that United have always had a team overbrimming with local players and youth team products".
An old interview with Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, has emerged where he sings the praises of Louis van Gaal.
When managing Swansea, Rodgers was interviewed by The Blizzard, and claimed that he was inspired by the current Manchester United manager's style of play.
"Our philosophy was to feel confident in a possession game and keep improving the players through video analysis, through talking, communicating," he said.
Around the start of April, it all seemed to be incredibly bleak. Manchester United were persevering with David Moyes. Moyes was a disaster, and it didn't seem that he was learning. If anything, it seemed like a substandard manager had made things so bad that he'd never get out of the deepening hole.
Gary Neville, in his column in the Telegraph, has discussed Sunday's derby and how FFP may stop City's progression.
Not since the 1989-90 season has the PFA Team of the Year failed to include a player from United or City, so the fact that only De Gea makes my team offers an indication of the state of both clubs as they prepare to meet at Old Trafford.
Diego Forlan has given an interview with United Review, where he discusses the two goals in three minutes that he scored against Liverpool in 2002.
I remember those goals very clearly. They came at a difficult time for me. I was not playing so much and hardly playing in the big games.
Accurate long balls per game
Manchester City defender, Aleks Kolarov, has claimed that United have been been inferior to City over the past five or six years.
United has a great history but in the last five or six years, I think we have been superior to them. United is always United, a great club with a great history and if you don't respect them a lot they are going to beat you.
Billy Whelan joined the United ranks when he was just a teenager and made his debut for the club when he was 19-years-old. The following week he scored his first goal for the club.
Whelan went on to play 98 games for United and scored an incredible 52 goals. He was on the plane with the team as they returned home from Munich and sadly, aged just 22, he died in the crash.
Manchester City visit Old Trafford later in the month and the prospect fills most United fans with a feeling of dread akin to a starting XI containing William Prunier. After a couple of maulings in recent seasons, some supporters were actually grateful for the penalty shoot-out defeat in the semi-final of the League Cup against Sunderland for fear of embarrassment at Wembley against Manuel Pellegrini's side.
Louis van Gaal has claimed that he is dreaming of winning the Manchester derby on Sunday, with our focus now fully on finishing as high up in the table as possible.
I dream of it. That is not a problem, every player shall dream of victory. I have been thinking with my staff and my players already for many days about how we have to beat Manchester City.
In the run up to derby day, the media reported that Wayne Rooney was a doubt for the game, but Louis van Gaal has said there is no problem with the striker.
Rooney was not injured. The media was writing that but he was never injured. Maybe his shoes were too tight, that is possible, but he was never injured.
Louis van Gaal has spoken of his understanding of the importance of getting a win against City on Sunday. Van Gaal noticed a difference in how Ryan Giggs, who has played in more Manchester derbies than anyone, delivered the pre-match analysis.
It is one of the 38 matches we have to play but, for the fans, it is unbelievably big as a rivalry.
As Steven Gerrard warmed up on the touchline at Anfield yesterday, he was greeted with chants of "Have you ever seen Gerrard win the league? Have you f*ck!"
Gerrard was then sent off seconds after coming on at the start of the season half, much to the delight of our travelling supporters.
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Liverpool came to Old Trafford last season and sang "and now you're gonna believe us, we're gonna win the league."
With three games left to play they were five points clear at the top of the table. Then Steven Gerrard miscontrolled a simple pass, slipped over and Demba Ba scored. In their next game, they looked to be saving their season, and were 3-0 up against Crystal Palace with 10 minutes left to play.
In the final seconds of United's 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield, Martin Skrtel was guilty of stamping on David de Gea. No punishment was dished out to Skrtel, suggesting that the referee didn't see the stamp, therefore making Skrtel eligible for retrospective punishment.
Steven Gerrard lasted less than 40 seconds on the pitch after stamping on Ander Herrera immediately after being substituted on.
You couldn't make it up. Liverpool were about to win their first league title in over two decades. Steven Gerrard, who had spent the beginning of every season claiming that this year would be their year, finally looked as though he was going to be right.
After beating Manchester City, Gerrard ceased him moment to be the massive scouse cringe bag he is, wiping the non-existant tears from his eyes, huddling his players together, and screaming "this does not f*cking slip!
July 10th 2005: "It was great to get the shirt back on and hopefully in the coming season I can hit top form and deliver a trophy. Hopefully I can go on and win that medal that I'm craving for, which is the Premiership, because that's the one I'm missing. Hopefully it will be this year, but if not it will happen in the four years that I've signed for.
Danny Taylor, The Guardian's chief football writer
PREDICTION: 3-2 City
The strange thing is that while everyone has been obsessed with United's defence and let's not pretend it's been pretty City have kept only two clean sheets from their nine Premier League matches as well.
Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby, statistics released by EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team have put paid to fan arguments across the country and revealed the best combined starting XI of the two clubs.
Much has been made of the supposed shift in power in Manchester and the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, the official player rating index of the Barclays Premier League, has revealed that the blue half DO now have the edge.
Luis Suarez has left Liverpool for Barcelona just six months after signing a new 5-year-deal with the Merseyside club.
"I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term," said Suarez at the time. "I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool.
Everyone's favourite racist, Luis Suarez, has bitten an opposition player for the third time in his career. Suarez ran at Italy's Giorgio Chiellini and bit in to his shoulder. Just like with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic before him, Chiellini hadn't provoked Suarez in any way. He was given a ten match ban for that bite and a seven match ban for biting Otman Bakkal's shoulder whilst at Ajax.
Manchester City fans were applauded for respecting the one minute's silence in 2008 which marked the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. They also sang a chorus of "there's only one Frank Swift", the former City goalkeeper who died in the crash, for the first and what would appear to be the last time.
It's derby day! Rob Pollard is a City fan and a freelance writer who's taken time out to answer a few questions on today's game and City in general.
Scott: Rob, what are your favourite memories of derby day?
Rob: The 3-1 win at Maine Road when Goater nicked the ball off Gary Neville will always be special because, in those days, beating United never felt like it was on the cards.
Mark Clattenburg will be the referee for the derby this weekend. What's his record been like this season?
Anything of note this season?
Clattenburg was in charge for our 5-3 defeat against Leicester. While our players hit self-destruct, they were aided by the referee.
John Terry has reflected on the night when he helped win the European Cup for Manchester United, after missing Chelsea's fifth penalty in Moscow.
After Cristiano Ronaldo's miss, Terry's inability to score took the penalty shoot out to sudden death, which we won after Edwin Van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's spot-kick.
1 time winners
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Juan Sebastián Verón
2 time winners Mark Hughes
Raimond van der Gouw
3 time winners
Rafael da Silva
4 time winners
Edwin van der Sar
5 time winners
6 time winners
Ole Gunnar Solskjær
7 time winners
8 time winner
11 time winner
13 time winner
Paul Scholes has had a pop at Manchester City fans for failing to sell out yet another big game at the Etihad.
"The crowd need to get behind this team they need to create a special European atmosphere," Scholes said. "I was lucky enough to play at Old Trafford and we always talked about the atmosphere on a Tuesday night, the special atmosphere you create, and the crowd is rocking when you go out for a warm up.