David Moyes is drawing inspiration from United's rousing performance against Olympiacos ahead of the club's next home match - the Manchester derby.
While Saturday's 2-0 win at West Ham was the Reds' third consecutive away victory in the Barclays Premier League, Old Trafford triumphs have proved harder to come by with five points dropped in the recent visits from Fulham and Liverpool. But after a heavy defeat to the latter, morale was boosted by a convincing 3-0 win over Olympiacos in the Champions League and Moyes has implored his men to produce a similar display against City.
“I would like to see that level of performance more," Moyes told the Sunday newspapers. "I like to see [a performance] where everyone can see it’s a step forward."
United have only won one match against teams in the top nine this season and, as a result, Moyes is determined to improve his record in big games. The boss is especially focused on the derby, too, with the Reds having lost 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium in September.
“In the end you get three points for winning any game but there is an added importance of winning the big games," he said. "It’s not been something we have done well enough this season, so it would be nice if we could get it in this game [against Manchester City].
“This would always be a game that would be very high on everybody’s wish list. We didn’t play particularly well at the Etihad earlier in the season. City are going for the title and we have got to keep picking up points to