Ashley Young.

Young: We'll be ready for the derby

Ashley Young insists the Manchester United players don't need reminding of the importance of Wednesday night's derby against Manchester City.

The Reds' top-four hopes were dealt a blow as we suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Everton on Easter Sunday.

However, the 33-year-old made clear that the squad would be ready for the visit of our cross-city rivals.

Young: It was a big disappointmentVideo

“We've just got to apologise to the fans and we've got a tough one coming up on Wednesday with the Manchester derby,” Young told Stewart Gardner after Sunday's game.

“We know how important that's going to be. If you can't get yourselves up for the Manchester derby, there's something wrong.

“I've got confidence that we're going to be ready for Wednesday. It's a disappointing day today but we've got to dust ourselves down fairly quickly and go again this week.” 

The Reds are sixth in the Premier League and still have an outside chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Three of our final four fixtures are at Old Trafford, with Chelsea making the trip up to Manchester on Sunday. We then travel to already-relegated Huddersfield Town on 5 May before a home game against Cardiff City on the final day of the season - and Young believes we should be aiming for a maximum 12 points.

“It's four games, it's four winnable games. If you'd said in October, we would be in this position we'd have taken it, but a club like Manchester United, we should be looking much further up the table,”

Young added: “We've got four games left, we've got four wins to get. It's gonna be tough but I'm sure we can do it. “We were 4-0 down and [the fans] were still singing. They've been fantastic and we've got to go and put a performance in on Wednesday.”

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