Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is confident his side can put an end to Manchester City’s winning streak on Sunday.
City will equal Arsenal’s Premier League record of 14 consecutive wins with victory Old Trafford on Sunday, but head into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, their first since April.
Manchester United are aiming to close the gap on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, with the Red Devils currently eight points behind their fierce rivals.
They will go into the game on the back on two big wins over Arsenal and CSKA Moscow in the league and Champions League respectively.
And De Gea, who is widely expected to start between the sticks for United, thinks their fine form – coupled with their confidence and determination – means they can put Pep Guardiola’s side to the sword.
“Can City stop United? We play at home with the fans,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s a derby, we have confidence, we feel really strong and we want to win.
“The team is in a good moment, we won two difficult away games so we have confidence and we know we play an important game. We really want to win.”
De Gea admitted he felt unbeatable against Arsene Wenger’s side last weekend as he secured a league-high ninth clean sheet for the season ahead of City stopper Ederson in second with seven.
Mourinho, meanwhile, insists no manager wants to claim a derby win more than himself.
“I don’t know. I was not born in Manchester, I was not born a Manchester United supporter but no way, no way any manager wants to win more than I want to,” he said.
“I think the professional side of our jobs, it’s a feeling everybody has, wanting to win.”
De Gea has special memories of playing against City.
He made his United debut against the club’s fierce rivals in a 3-2 Community Shield win back in August 2011.
He was also part of the Red Devils side that beat them 1-0 in the EFL Cup last year.
However, De Gea was also in goal for the infamous 6-1 thumping at Old Trafford six years ago – a memory he would no doubt happily forget.