Cape Town - Nemanja Matic insists Manchester United
will be ready for Manchester City on Sunday as Jose Mourinho has a plan
to stop their 'noisy neighbours'.
The city rivals clash at the Etihad Stadium to contest the 177th
Manchester derby, with United trailing the table-topping Citizens by
nine points after 11 Premier League outings.
Mourinho's side delayed City's title celebrations last season by
battling back from 2-0 down to claim a 3-2 victory away from home in
April, and they produced a similar fightback to beat Juventus 2-1 in the
UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Matic admits the defending champions will pose a big threat this
weekend, but is confident that his manager will mastermind another derby
"I expect a very difficult game. They are a very good side, they play
good football, they score a lot of goals in every game, but we also
have our qualities which we have to use," the Serbia international told
his club's official website.
"We have to stop them in their attacks, there is a way to do it and
the manager knows that. We will prepare for the game. I expect a hard
game but, in a derby, everything is possible, and we will be ready for
"I think that we believe more that we are a good team, we have also improved and mentally we are stronger.
"I think in the last four league games we have three wins and a draw,
so this gives you more confidence, but we deserve that and will try to
continue in this way."