The Red Devils have endured a woeful campaign under the guidance of their new manager, with the post Sir Alex Ferguson hangover appearing to be weighing heavy at Old Trafford.
But there have been signs on life over the course of the past week after a memorable 3-0 Champions League win against Olympiakos – which booked the club a spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate score – and a solid Saturday victory against West Ham at Upton Park.
This came on the back of a home humbling at the hands of Liverpool, which has led many to question how they will cope with another Premier League title contending team in the shape of bitter rivals City.
Although results have often been poor, Moyes has lauded his supporters on numerous occasions this term, and now he is hopeful that their faith will be repaid tonight with a big performance:
“I’ve said many times how well the supporters have reacted to what has been a difficult season, they have been great and the atmosphere has been great inside Old Trafford.” He is quoted by Sky Sports.
“They have played their part in helping the team. We’ve not always done our side of it, but recently we have, and the supporters have responded to that as well.
“We go out to win every game, not just the derby game, but obviously it means a lot more to supporters and it means a lot in the city, if we win
“We want to try and perform better in the bigger games than we have done.”