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Neville: reasons for United to be hopeful ahead of Derby

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville, has revealed that there are plenty of reasons for his old side to go into next weeks crunch Premier League encounter with Manchester City full of confidence.

Speaking to Sky Sports this weekend Neville stated :

“United might, for the first time this season, have just seen a little ray of hope, that there will be better teams than Huddersfield, Southampton and West Ham, yet all came close,” he told the Sky Sports podcast.

“All three played a certain way and got joy with certain things: counter-attack has been a problem for City this week; set-pieces and corners have been a problem this week; deep and compact defences have also been a problem this week in terms of breaking them down.

“You would argue, given what happened at Arsenal on Saturday, that United do have that counter-attack ability with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard, and that they do have the ability to score from set-pieces, and they are a better defensive unit than Southampton or West Ham.

“United will be confident going into the game because of what has happened this weekend for City, even though it has been a good week for City too, as they’ve scored three late winners and have taken maximum points.”



There is no doubt Jose Mourinho’s side will go into Saturdays game brimming with confidence after two impressive away wins in a week against Watford and Arsenal, although the loss of their creative spark in midfield Paul Pogba is a major blow.

Man City’s narrow victory over West Ham was their 13th victory in a row and they have the opportunity to match Arsenal’s record of 14 consecutive wins in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday, in what promises to be an absolute cracker of a game.

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