Manchester United drew 0-0 with Manchester City earlier this season, in what was one of the worst derbies ever. The first shot on target came after 82 minutes, when a tame effort from Jesus Navas went straight to David de Gea, before Chris Smalling forced a good save from Joe Hart. These were the only shots on target.
It was Jesse Lingard who came closest to scoring though, after being brought on with 20 minutes to play, and hitting the woodwork.
Lingard is thinking ahead to Sunday’s derby at the Etihad and says the players believe they can win.
I remember coming on against City earlier in the season, that was a massive feeling, and I nearly scored as well. You watch big games like this one when you are growing up and you want to be involved.
It’s going to be a tough match as always, but we are going to be ready and prepared. Hopefully we can go there with the right mindset and a creative game plan. Everyone will be ready and we’ll believe [we can win the game] on Sunday.
Lingard played for 90 minutes in our 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Thursday night and has reflected on what a disappointing game it was.
I thought we had tempo and energy through the whole game against Liverpool, and obviously our fans gave us that energy too. I don’t see why we can’t produce that in every game and push for that top-four spot. Obviously we are disappointed, the first leg made it hard for us and coming into the second leg we knew had a big task on our hands.
When we scored the first goal all the fans were behind us, and our momentum was there. We dominated the play and created a lot of chances, but the Coutinho goal just before half-time killed us. We probably should have scored a lot more goals and taken a lot more from the game. In the first half we moved the ball quickly, we were attacking and playing football that the fans want to see. As long as we can keep that in our game now and push forward towards the end of the season, then I don’t see why we can’t be in the top four and win the FA Cup.