Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young determined to beat Manchester City

by Ben Topliss

Ashley Young is determined to end Manchester City’s good recent record in the derby when Manuel Pellegrini’s side visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

City have won four straight games against Manchester United but go into this weekend’s clash on the back of a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, Man United are in excellent form having won all of their last five games in the Premier League which should fill the squad with confidence.

Although Young is cautiously optimistic ahead of the match, he has warned his teammates they will have to be on top form in order to win all three points.

When asked about United’s poor recent record against City, Young said: “Obviously you want to put it right. It’s a big one again. It will be another massive game.

“Another derby. We know it will be tough, but as long as we can play the way we have shown, especially in the last few games, and add to that, it’s going to be a great game and hopefully we will get the three points.

“We said that going into the Tottenham game it was going to be important to get wins against Tottenham and Liverpool, and we have City and Chelsea coming up and Villa in-between.

“After international duty, it was important for the players to come back fresh and you keep the winning ways and we did that against Villa.

“Of course it would be nice [to finish above City], but we are just taking each game as it comes. That is what I have said for weeks and months.”

At the start of the season, fans may have thought that players such as Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria would be the ones deciding games like these.

However, Young is the one making waves at United having completed a remarkable turnaround in form.

Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata have also enjoyed an upturn in fortunes since the start of 2015, which has given fans a real confidence that they can go on and beat City before finishing as high as second in the table.

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