Sir Alex is determined that his side recovers from the setbacks against Chelsea and City by getting the title bid back on track in the Potteries.
"You don't want to lose derby games and I've said that time and time again," he asserted. "They scored late too and it didn't give us a lot of time to recover.
"Nonetheless, we've got to dust ourselves down. You know what this club is about and we know what our history is like. We know we can recover from disappointments and we'll do it again."
Jonny Evans - Likely to be available
Rio Ferdinand - Available
Phil Jones - Available
Chris Smalling - Out
Nemanja Vidic - Doubtful