Stevan Jovetic is hoping for the ideal birthday present in the form of three points against Manchester United on Sunday.
The Manchester City striker turns 25 on the day of the 168th derby and feels it is a good chance for his side to return to form after suffering back-to-back defeats.
"Yes, it is my birthday. I am 25," said the Montenegro international. "The best gift for me is a victory in the derby.
"I think it is a good game because always when you play a derby your motivation is 100 percent....
Manchester City and Manchester United have shared the last four Premier League titles, but both have major problems ahead of this weekend's derby. City have gone three games without a victory while United, though they are certainly improving, still aren't entirely convincing under Louis van Gaal.
Here are three pressing concerns for either side.
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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart insists there is no need to panic about his side's form after their winless run was extended to three matches with defeat to Newcastle in the Capital One Cup.
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