Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Derby Proved We Have the Edge on City' ; UNITED SPECIAL

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Derby Proved We Have the Edge on City' ; UNITED SPECIAL

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UNITED have got the edge over City as Manchester goes toe-to-toe in the battle for the Champions League ticket in the top four.

Although the Blues have a onepoint advantage and currently occupy the fourth place in the Premier League - holding that lucrative Euro passport - Reds midfielder Ander Herrera believes Louis van Gaal's sides recent derby win at the Etihad is a psychological boost.

West Ham are still in the mix, but after back-to-back wins against City and Everton Herrera says Old Trafford is up for the challenge. "When you're fifth in the table and want to be in the top four, you have to maintain this form," says the Basque midfielder.

"It is not going to be easy because Man City also wants to be in the next Champions League tournament, but we have to fight for it. I think we are ready to do it.

"It is very important winning two games in a row, playing quite well. Overall in the game against Man City we did very good and now we have two clean sheets. We are getting back some important players for us so we can be optimistic because we still have a lot to fight for."

United's Champions League return this season under manager Van Gaal ended in the group section - and, after missing out on the elite competition last season, Herrera says the club cannot afford another campaign away from the elite stage.

"Man United should be every year in the Champions League," added Ander.

"I think the last 25 or 26 years, just one time we didn't play Champions League, so we want to be there.

"We are Man United, we as players are obligated to fight until the end and I think we have the quality to be there.

"Man City has a bigger squad, very good players, but I think right now we can fight against them. We are just one point behind them. I think the last game (the derby) we showed that we are a little bit better than them right now, in this moment. We beat them away in the Manchester derby so we can be optimistic."

The 1-0 win at the Etihad has also given United extra belief for the visit to White Hart Lane this Sunday, the day after the Blues play West Bromwich Albion at home. …

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