Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says Manchester City’s home Champions League tie gives them an advantage going into Sunday’s derby.
United host their city rivals at Old Trafford with top spot in the Premier League up for grabs if Arsenal drop points against Everton.
Van Gaal, however, has to take his team on an eight-hour round trip to the Russian capital this week to face CSKA Moscow, while City take on Sevilla at home.
“Every club at the top of the league has the same problems. But now Manchester City has a benefit because they are playing at home and that is a difference,” the United manager said.
“You have the benefit of the recuperation. Manchester City don’t have the travel we have so they have more rest.
“There is nothing you can do. They have the benefit.
“We do a lot of things to try and help. We have cold baths, we have warm baths, less training sessions and practice so the freshness is good enough to beat City. But first we have to beat Moscow.”
United made the 1,600-mile journey east on Tuesday – the night before they face Group B rivals CSKA.
To help their recovery, the squad will stay in Russia on Wednesday night, rather than travel home straight after the match, as is customary.