Ander Herrera believes Manchester United have the “quality” to pip Manchester City to a place in the top four of the Premier League this season.
Man United beat City 1-0 before the international break and secured another three points against Everton on Sunday with the same scoreline.
The results have left United fifth in the table, two points ahead of West Ham United and one point behind fourth-placed City. Herrera insisted his side will “fight” to secure Champions League football.
“Overall when you’re fifth in the table and want to be in the top four, you have to maintain this form,” Herrera said.
“It is not going to be easy because Man City also want to be in the next Champions League tournament, but we have to fight for it. I think we are ready to do it.
“Man United should be in the Champions League every year. I think in the last 25 or 26 years, there has been just one time when 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.”
United have been awful for the majority of the campaign but City have been wildly inconsistent, too.
Louis van Gaal’s side have a tough test against title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur this weekend but their run-in is a kind one, with only Leicester City and West Ham currently in the top half of the table. City, meanwhile, will face Chelsea, Stoke City, Southampton and Arsenal. It will likely go down to the wire and it would be a big triumph for United if they did make the top four considering their troubles this term.