One of the most remarkable aspects of Manchester City’s 15-match Premier League winning run is the way Pep Guardiola has successfully rotated his forwards.
When picking his last 13 starting line-ups, Guardiola has made at least one change to his front five.
Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Fodenhave combined to produce 18 direct goal involvements between them in that time, with 11 goals and seven assists.
Yet none of the trio has featured for more than 55 per cent of the total time played.
1Nine other front-five configurations
A look at City’s 4-3-3 formation shows an incredibly fluid selection policy at the top end of the pitch, with Guardiola using 12 unique front-five configurations.
In spite of the changes, City have shown they are able to consistently deliver top-class performances.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be able to confidently predict the City XI his team will face on Sunday.
Man Utd will head to the Etihad Stadium unbeaten away from home, having kept five clean sheets in their last seven matches on the road.
They have also been involved in goalless draws against Chelsea (twice), Liverpool, Arsenal and City already this season.
Solskjaer’s side will once again focus on keeping a compact shape, hoping to strike on the counter, but City’s multiple threats in attack will make this far from easy.
Will City set a new club record for matches without defeat in all competitions? Can Man Utd remain solid on their travels?
With every Manchester derby seemingly more significant than the last, this one looks set to be very intriguing indeed.