Jesse Lingard is hoping that Manchester United can maintain their 100 percent record at Old Trafford with a victory over Manchester City in Sunday’s derby. The England international has been in fine form for the Red Devils of late, netting three goals in recent away trips to Arsenal and Watford – both of which resulted in wins.
Speaking on the United Review, the versatile midfielder expects a strong battle at the Theatre of Dreams with City possessing the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling in their ranks. Nevertheless, Lingard fancies United’s chances of winning the game, should the team start with the same intensity as against Arsenal last weekend.
“I am confident. As long as we start the game well, like we did at Arsenal, I don’t see any reason why we can’t win. There will be two great teams going out there. Like us, they have lots of big players.
“We don’t know what the game is going to be like. It might be a battle, it might not be pretty, but it’s going to be full-on for 90-plus minutes. We need to make sure that Manchester is red at the end of the day.”
Lingard has excelled playing just behind Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku in a 3-4-1-2 formation, but it will be interesting to see whether Jose Mourinho sticks with the same setup for the derby, where City are likely to have an additional player in midfield.
With Chelsea dropping points versus West Ham United, the title race is pretty much between United and City, and a victory on Sunday would put Mourinho’s side within five points of the Citizens, although if is far easier said than done.