DERBY D-DAY

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHAR­LOTTE DUNCKER char­[email protected]­plc.com By JOE BRAY

DAVID de Gea is con­fi­dent United can go to the Eti­had to­mor­row and cause an up­set against City.

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s side will go into the clash against Pep Guardi­ola’s cham­pi­ons as un­der­dogs hav­ing won just five of the open­ing 15 games of the new league sea­son.

City have ex­pe­ri­enced mixed for­tunes too hav­ing dropped points re­cently against New­cas­tle, how­ever, a dom­i­nant per­for­mance against Burn­ley has put the team back on track.

But United’s win against Tot­ten­ham at Old Traf­ford on Wed­nes­day night has given Sol­sk­jaer’s side the con­fi­dence they can go to the Eti­had and pull off another big win.

“I think we con­trolled the game re­ally well,” De Gea told ManUtd.com. “It’s a mas­sive win for us and let’s see if we can keep this level and keep win­ning.”

“It’s a spe­cial game against Man City, the derby.

“Let’s see if we can win there. It’s a tough game but if we show the same as we did tonight (against Spurs) we will have chances to win.”

The Spa­niard was also full of praise for Mar­cus Rash­ford who scored both of United’s goals as they beat Jose Mour­inho’s Spurs side 2-1.

“Mar­cus is in very good form and show­ing his tal­ent,” De Gea said.

“He is a great fin­isher.

“He scored two and could have scored even more goals.

“We are happy that he is scor­ing goals for us and play­ing as he is do­ing.

“He is a great player.”

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DAVID Silva wants City to con­tinue the mo­men­tum against ri­vals United to­mor­row as they look to build a win­ning run in the ti­tle race.

Vic­tory at Burn­ley this week was only City’s sec­ond in six Pre­mier League games, and it put Pep Guardi­ola’s men back on track as they at­tempt to chase down the 11-point gap to league lead­ers Liver­pool.

There were cel­e­bra­tory scenes in the away dress­ing room at Turf Moor on Tues­day, with the City squad clearly view­ing the 4-1 win as a sig­nif­i­cant one in their sea­son.

Next up is United, them­selves full of con­fi­dence af­ter a win against Tot­ten­ham on Wed­nes­day.

City have only lost once to United since 2016, win­ning both meet­ings last sea­son.

Silva has seen first hand how the fix­ture can spur his team-mates on, and is look­ing for the same to­mor­row.

Speak­ing to ManCity.com, he said: “We know the derby is im­por­tant for the fans and us too as when you win, it gives you a morale boost.

“Ev­ery derby match is dif­fer­ent, just like ev­ery sea­son is dif­fer­ent.

“You can see that re­gard­less of what po­si­tion ei­ther side is in the ta­ble.”

Silva has nine goals in 17 ap­pear­ances against United, but is not look­ing to fur­ther his own record ahead of the team’s ob­jec­tives.

“I have scored in some re­cent games, but it is not all about scor­ing.

It is about hav­ing a great game,” he con­tin­ued.

“Tak­ing the three points is the most im­por­tant thing, if you score or as­sist that’s a bonus.

“The most im­por­tant thing is the three points and to make our­selves and the fans happy with our per­for­mance.”

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