Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes a win against Manchester City on Sunday would set his side up perfectly to finish third in the Premier League.
Man United, currently third in the table, are a point ahead of City having won five games in a row in the league.
Meanwhile, City suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace on Monday night, leaving their title challenge in tatters.
Van Gaal insisted that he always believed United could finish third despite their poor form earlier in the campaign.
When asked about a potential victory in the derby, van Gaal said: ”When you win, the third place is reachable, and a month ago nobody was thinking about that, besides me, of course.
“That is good, because then you are certainly in the Champions League and then we do it better than the goal was in the pre-season.”
After David Moyes’ comments last year about United aspiring to play like City it is refreshing to see a United manager exude such confidence in their side, and himself.
United are playing with a freedom and a swagger which has given fans hope that they can inflict a demoralising defeat on their noisy neighbours. However, United will need to wary of City’s danger-men, namely Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure.