Former Liverpool legend, Michael Owen, was part of United’s record breaking 19th title squad. However, the highlight of his time at United is probably the injury time winner he scored against City, after Craig Bellamy had levelled the score in the last minute of the game.

“I think if you ask any United fan what was the best ­moment of Michael Owen’s time here they’d all say that derby goal – and it’s probably the stand-out moment for me too,” he said. “It’s a special memory because it won us a memorable derby and was in front of the Stretford End – the fans don’t forget something like that. It wasn’t my first goal for the club but it came early in my first season at United and to score such an important goal helped me settle down at Old Trafford. That’s the goal people always ­remember but there were other highlights too. The hat-trick against Wolfsburg in the final Champions League qualifier that same season is also a great memory because it helped us to get top spot in the group. And scoring in the 2010 Carling Cup Final against Aston Villa at Wembley is something I cherish, as well as winning the Premier League the following year.”

Speaking about today’s derby, Owen fancies United to win.

“I think United will win and I’m not just saying that because I played for them,” he said. “If they get their tactics right I don’t think they have too much to fear from City.”

bwin specials
Fergie to tap his watch in second half injury time (90 mins or later) – Yes: Evens
Man Utd to score in injury time – Yes: 5/1
Tevez to be sent off – Yes: 10/1
RVP to score more goals than Aguero – Yes: Evens
Rooney to score more goals than Tevez – Yes: 11/10