Manchester United and rivals Manchester City were unable to break the deadlock in the opening half of the derby on Sunday, but there was a scare for the hosts with Wayne Rooney picking up a head injury.
It came after an accidental collision with Vincent Kompany, but after some patchwork from the United medical staff, the England international was able to continue.
The two sides cancelled each other out at Old Trafford in the opening 45 minutes, although the visitors did look threatening on the counter attack with the pace of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling as United failed to register a single effort on target.
However, the likes of Marcos Rojo proved to be up to the task in marshalling their backline, and the two teams are well poised for a second half that could determine who ends the weekend top of the Premier League table with Louis van Gaal hopeful that his team can pose more of an offensive threat.
Arsenal moved ahead of City after their 2-1 win over Everton on Saturday evening, with the Gunners a point ahead of Manuel Pellegrini’s men ahead of kick-off in Manchester as they made it four straight wins in all competitions.
Meanwhile, United sit three points adrift of Arsenal and so will need to find a way past Joe Hart in order to leapfrog their city rivals as well as Arsene Wenger’s side.