David Moyes is confident Manchester United’s squad will continue their improved recent form into Tuesday night’s derby and beyond for the rest of the current season.
The Reds face City at Old Trafford in the wake of two highly encouraging wins, over Olympiacos in the Champions League and West Ham in the Barclays Premier League, and are certain to be buoyed by the performances in these back-to-back victories with the visit of the local rivals in the offing.
“We’re not as far away as many people would have us and I’ve no doubt it’ll improve," said the manager. "We want to show we’re still in there fighting.
“We want to perform better in the bigger games than we have done, I have no doubt about that. But we don’t go into it any differently – we want to win them all. It’ll be important to show the level of what we’ve got and I think we have got the level.
“We’ll do everything we possibly can. We go out to win every game – not just the derby. It’s no different. Obviously it means a lot more to the supporters and the city to win a derby game, but we go into every game with the same intention to win.
“In the last couple of games, a lot of the players have stepped up to the plate and performed. But I’m not surprised by that at all – that’s what they’re capable of and I’ve been saying that all year. We have a good squad with good players – we maybe haven’t played as well as we should have, but I think we have those capabilities within the squad.”