Manchester City manager claims his team aren’t favourites for the derby
Manuel Pellegrini hoping his team can complete a league double against Manchester United and stay on course for Premier League title
March 25th, 2014
Manchester City make the short journey to Old Trafford this evening, looking for their third consecutive win in this fixture and the bookies have the visitors as warm favourites to collect three precious points against their arch-rivals.
City will win the Premier League title if they triumph in all ten of their remaining matches, although Manuel Pellegrini does not regard his team as favourites for the derby despite the fact that they are 12 points better off than their opponents having played two games less.
City made short work of United in the reverse fixture where Pellegrini’s side ran out 4-1 winners, although the Chilean is wary of a team who recently qualified for the quarter final stage of the Champions League before winning 2-0 at Upton Park.
Pellegrini said: “I don’t think we are favourites in any game. We are in a good moment but we are playing against a big team in their own stadium, so I don’t think we are the favourites.
“Of course we always expect to go and win every game but, I repeat, just because Manchester United have had a difficult season it does not mean we are going to win. We have to go there and play a very good game.”
David Moyes is hoping his team can avoid a repeat of that recent 3-0 humbling at home to Liverpool, with the Scot claiming that his team are ready for the battle against the current Premier League title favourites.
“We we want to try and perform better in the bigger games than what we have done,” the United manager said.
“It will be important for us to show the level of what we have got.
“I think we have got the level and we are not as far away as many people would have us and I have no doubt it will improve. We want to show we are still in there fighting.
“We will do everything we can to win. We go out to win every game, not just the derby game.
“Obviously it means a lot more to the supporters and the city if you win a derby game.”