Manchester United manager confident ahead of derby clash

Manchester United boss David Moyes is optimistic about his side’s chances ahead of Tuesday’s derby against Manchester City.

United have won back-to-back games with a 3-0 Champions League triumph over Olympiakos followed by a 2-0 away win at West Ham.

The Citizens meanwhile moved to only three points behind league leaders Chelsea after a 5-0 thrashing over Fulham, and have already beaten the Red Devils 4-1 at the Etihad earlier in the season.

“We’ll go into our next game confident and ready to get a result,” Moyes told BBC.

His team trail City by 12 points, and the Sky Blues have two games in hand on United.

The Red Devil’s last league game at Old Trafford ended in disaster, as Liverpool tore them apart 3-0 on March 16.

But they’ve bounced back when a Robin van Persie hat-trick put United in the Champions League quarter-finals, before Wayne Rooney scored a brace against West Ham at Upton Park.

His first goal against the hammers was a spectacular halfway line volley reminiscent of David Beckham’s unforgettable 1996 halfway line chip against Wimbledon.

“For Wayne to notice the goalkeeper was out of his box when the ball was played up to him, it was just a great piece of skill, great ability and the execution was fantastic,” added Moyes.

“I think everybody flashed back to Beckham’s goal. There are similarities.

“We were excellent against West Ham and the only disappointment was we didn’t score more.”

Rooney’s second goal moved him to third in Manchester United’s all time top scorer list behind Sir Bobby Charlon (249) and Denis Law (237).