Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard wants his teammates to stay focused ahead of the derby clash against neighbours City after their elimination from the Europa League in the hands of Liverpool.
The Red Devils played out a goalless draw against the Citizens in the reverse fixture and Lingard believes they can create a repeat at the Etihad on SUNDAY as they seek Champions League qualification.
“I remember coming on against City earlier in the season, that was a massive feeling, and I nearly scored as well,” Lingard Told MUTV. “You watch big games like this one when you are growing up and you want to be involved.
“It’s going to be a tough match as always, but we are going to be ready and prepared. Hopefully we can go there with the right mindset and a creative game plan. Everyone will be ready and we’ll believe [we can win the game] on Sunday.
“I thought we had tempo and energy through the whole game against Liverpool, and obviously our fans gave us that energy too. I don’t see why we can’t produce that in every game and push for that top-four spot.”
Manchester City currently occupies the last qualifying spot for the Champions League with 51 points while United are adrift two places in sixth with 47points heading into Sunday’s showdown.