• Manchester United is facing derby rivals Manchester City at home Saturday
  • Bruno Fernandes is banking on United's qualities and ability to perform at its best to beat the Citizens
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows how important it is to win against City

Ahead of the derby against Manchester City, Bruno Fernandes got candid about what it will take for Manchester United to win.

The Red Devils are back at home as they take on derby rivals Manchester City in the English Premier League. Manchester United is coming in confident, having pulled off a decisive win over Tottenham Hotspur, while Pep Guardiola’s side is coming off an upset loss to Crystal Palace.

Sharing his thoughts ahead of another must-win game, Manchester United midfield star Fernandes reckoned that being at their “highest level” and relying on the talent of the squad will certainly get the job done against a team like Manchester City.

“[Manchester] City is a really good team, they have such good qualities on the team," Fernandes told Manchester United's official website. "Individual players that can make a difference for them, but I’m not worried about them.”

"I’m just focused on what we can do because I know that if we are on our highest level, we can hurt them,” he continued. "But we have to be at the highest level because they are really good players and it’ll be difficult. But it’ll be difficult for both teams.”

Wake-up call: Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes
Wake-up call: Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes AFP / Oli SCARFF

As things stand, Manchester United has managed to climb back to the top and is now at the fifth spot in the Premier League standings. Manchester City, meanwhile, has been steady at no. 3.

According to Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, “a win” against Manchester City will definitely put Manchester United in a comfortable position once again this season. However, the focus heading to the “important game” will still be to “move on” and perform much better than they did during their humiliating loss against Liverpool.

"It’s an important game and, with a win, we still have got the possibility to close up to the teams in front of us," Solskjaer acknowledged. "So we have just got to keep on picking up points, turn still, get further away from what we did against Liverpool and move on.”

"The Tottenham game was miles better, but we need to improve in all the aspects of the game,” he explained. “It is only the start of November, so we are not going to talk about the end position in the table. But still, every game here in this league is massive and if you can manage three points it’s a job well done."