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Sunday links: A look ahead to the derby

Derby day is approaching; a round-up of some of the best pieces from around the web.

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Michael Regan

Michael Cox looks at whether City and United are functioning as 'teams' so far this season. [ESPN]

Daniel Taylor touches on the derby mind games. [Guardian]

Ian Herbert profiles Robin Van Persie, the one who got away. [Independent]

Paul Hayward feels only a Premier League title can save Roberto Mancini's future. [Telegraph]

Ian Ladyman looks at a City side failing to scale the heights of last season. [Mail]

Simon Gleave looks at just who does get awarded more penalties. [Infostrada]

And quite how important today's game could be in terms of the title. [Infostrada]

Simon Curtis previews the game. [ESPN]

As does SBNation's United blog. [The Busby Babe]

And City are no longer just 'noisy neighbours' says Sir Alex Ferguson. [MEN]