Pallister confident of Man Utd derby victory

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister is positive that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will knock local rivals Manchester City out of the FA Cup, The Daily Star Sunday reports.

United face the prospect of three successive defeats following a home loss to Blackburn and Wednesday night’s poor showing at Newcastle. The Premier League champions now travel to the Etihad Stadium in the FA Cup for what could be a defining moment in their season. Pallister made 437 appearances in nine years at Old Trafford and the 45 year old reckons the derby clash represents the perfect chance to get back to winning ways.

Pallister said: ‘After two defeats for United, I suppose a lot of people will be looking for City to put a nail in our coffin this weekend. But I am not dreading the game, because you expect us to respond. We expected a response against Newcastle and it did not happen. But we will get one this weekend. It’s great that it’s such a big game. It’s the FA Cup – away from the Premier League – and you have to believe the manager and players will put things right’.

Now an MUTV pundit, Pallister has urged United fans to keep calm over the club’s recent worries and trust that United will rise to the challenge. Defeat at the Etihad Stadium is a definite possibility and the Premier League champions go into the game as underdogs.

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