Silva confident of derby win

Spaniard ready for United clash

Silva: Confident of win

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Manchester City attacker David Silva is confident his team will come out on top in the derby with United on Wednesday night.

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The Red Devils travel to Eastlands for the crunch Premier League clash knowing a win would put the Manchester rivals level on points.

Silva arrived at the club in the summer and after a tricky start has now found his form in England after coming through the ranks at Valencia.

The 24-year-old is eagerly anticipating his first Manchester derby and believes City can come away with a victory.

"This is a game we believe we can win. This is a hugely important match for us," he said.

"We know a victory would put us on the same points as they are. We are at home and will have our supporters behind us so the advantage is with us.

"We need to use the atmosphere and take the game to them.

"I watched the Manchester derby as a boy and have always enjoyed it since. But I never imagined I'd be actually playing in it.

"I always thought I would play my football in Spain so this is very exciting for me and I am very happy to be part of it."

Over the years Sir Alex Ferguson has got the better of City for the most part but the influx of cash at Eastlands has now seen them become a real threat to United's hegemony.

Respect

Manager Roberto Mancini has called for respect of his team's history, despite their 34-year wait for a trophy.

"Not just United, but all the clubs must respect the players and the history of City," said the Italian.

"In the last years, City haven't won anything, but they have a good history.

"We have respect for United and we want them to have it for us always. The number of trophies [a team has won] isn't important. Respect is more important.

"I think they know that now we are a strong team. I think that the situation has changed. We are very respectful of United.

"We are respectful of Fergie because he is the top manager in the world.

"But we understand that we can always beat them now. That's why think it will be a good game between two great sides."