Ashley Young believes tomorrow night’s derby gives Manchester United the perfect opportunity to bounce back from their Everton horror show.
United were thrashed 4-0 in an embarrassing capitulation at Goodison Park on Sunday.
They have now lost six of their last eight games in all competitions and this week’s visit from in-form, title-chasing rivals Manchester City seems the last thing they need.
Left-back Young feels the opposite should be true.
The 33-year-old said: “We have got another tough one coming up on Wednesday, a Manchester derby. I don’t think we have to speak about that - we know how important that is going to be. If you can’t get yourselves up for a Manchester derby there is something wrong.
“I think it can be (the best thing), it is a Manchester derby. I’ve got confidence in every player that we are going to be ready on Wednesday.
“We have got to dust ourselves down fairly quickly and go again this week.”
The result at Goodison left United sixth in the Premier League and still with ground to make up in the battle for a top-four place.
The derby is followed by another testing clash against Chelsea before United face Huddersfield and Cardiff in their final two fixtures.
Young said: “It’s four games, four winnable games. If you’d looked back in October and (said) we were going to be in this position we would have taken it, but a club like Manchester United should be looking much further up the table.
“We have got four games left, four wins to get. It is not going to be easy, it is going to be tough, but I am sure we can do it.”
Lethargic after last week’s Champions League exit to Barcelona, United never got going against Everton and did not even muster a shot on target until the 86th minute.
They were stunned by early goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson before further strikes from Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott in the second half piled on the misery. It was as comprehensive as the scoreline suggested and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer apologised to fans afterwards.
“It’s a big disappointment, especially after midweek,” said Young. “We wanted to get ourselves back to winning ways and I thought we had a great opportunity to do that.
“Obviously we would have got ourselves further up into the top four but from the first whistle until the end we were beaten all over the pitch. It’s disappointing.”
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba believes United’s players did not respect the club or their fans during Sunday’s loss at Everton.
“The way we played and the performance of myself, of the team, of everyone is disrespectful,” Pogba said. “We didn’t respect ourselves, the club or the fans.
“It’s not good at all what we did. Losing a game is something really bad that we don’t want to when we are in the race for the top four and losing 4-0 as well.
“Everything went wrong but the most important thing is the mentality that we put on the pitch, that has to change... What we did on the pitch is not respectful for the team mates, for the staff, for the people, for the kit man, for everyone.”
Pogba said the only way the squad could apologise to the fans was to give them a reaction on the pitch in their upcoming games. United’s next game is a derby when they host title challengers City.
“The fans want a reaction from the players and the only way to apologise to them is to give everything on the pitch,” Pogba said. “Do our best, create chances, score goals, defend, work for the team.
“We can even lose games, but with a good performance and pride on the pitch. When you wear this shirt at this club... you have to work and respect the culture, the history of this club and give everything on the pitch.”