Ashley Young senses fear

Manchester United attacker Ashley Young has stated that title rivals Manchester City have lost their nerve of late, and are wary of the pressure being put on them by the current league leaders.

Young scored one of the goals in the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Blackburn on Monday night, which opened a five-point gap at the summit, and feels Roberto Mancini’s men are running scared.

“I think they’re fearing our reaction already,” the England winger told The Daily Mail.

“A lot of people wrote us off earlier in the season with City being seven points clear. But we’ve just been going about our job quietly and now we’ve clawed it back.

“The pressure has always been on City, there aren’t any nerves coming from our side. We don’t play with fear and we haven’t got nervousness going into games. We’ve got the momentum,” he admitted.

The Manchester derby on April 30th may well have a deciding factor in the title race, and Wayne Rooney feels that his men can win at the Etihad Stadium.

“We’re certainly good enough to beat them there, as we showed in the FA Cup.

“They have a great record at home in the League but we managed to get the result there in the Cup and that shows we can go there and win. We just have to play our normal football.

“We’ll take full confidence into that game and hopefully we can get the three points. We’ll approach it as we do any normal game. We won’t be doing anything different,” Rooney concluded.

By Gareth McKnight