Manchester United manager feeling confident ahead of the derby
David Moyes claims Red Devils will be “hard to play against” for title-chasing City
March 24th, 2014
Manchester United have no chance of winning the Premier League title this season, although they can halt City in their tracks on Tuesday night when the derby rivals clash at Old Trafford.
A Wayne Rooney wonder goal helped the Red Devils to a 2-0 victory at Upton Park on Saturday evening, with David Moyes declaring himself very satisfied with the team’s performance against West Ham and the Scot now feels confident about United’s chances in the derby.
“We go in [to the derby] after a better showing and, if we play as well as we did at West Ham, then we’ll make opportunities and, if we play with the same heartbeat we showed against Olympiakos, then we’ll be very hard to play against and have a big spirit in the game,” said Moyes.
“Hopefully we’re starting to pick up and play better. We’re certainly going into our next game confident and ready to get a result.”
Nemanja Vidic continues to serve a suspension for his red card against Liverpool, while Robin van Persie is missing with a sprained knee, although Rooney seems to be thriving in the lone attacking role and Marouane Fellaini is finally starting to prove his worth at Old Trafford.
Michael Carrick echoed his manager’s views and knows the importance of getting the right result in the derby.
“We understand the fans and the result they want and for us players it’s exactly the same – we feel the same,” said Carrick. “I’ve been part of this club for a long time now and you know what means a lot. This [the derby] is certainly one of them. It’s a one-off game against your local rivals and in a derby like that you always want to come out on top.”