25/03/2014 10:18, Report by Adam Marshall

Irwin: Defence is the key

Denis Irwin thinks Manchester United's defence will be the key to victory in the derby against Manchester City at Old Trafford.

The former Reds full-back appreciates the threat the visitors will pose, as they continue their title bid, but believes it is imperative that David Moyes' men keep it tight at the back throughout what promises to be a tense 90 minutes.

"I've got a lot of great memories playing against Manchester City," he told "It's a big, big game against them.

"They are a very good side with a very good squad and are obviously in with a chance of winning the league. City had a great result on Saturday. Even though you'd expect them to beat Fulham, scoring five goals gives them a bit of confidence going into this game.

"They have got some difficult games away from home, starting with this one, but they score plenty of goals and are really good going forward. As they are such a huge threat, we will have to defend very well in order for us to win. 

"There is no doubt we can score goals, even though Robin van Persie will be a miss for us, but we can score so the main thing, for me, is to defend really well, keep it tight and try to keep a clean sheet."


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