Tonight’s contest sees both teams needing a positive result to achieve the season’s ultimate objectives. The Reds are embroiled in a fiercely tight tussle with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to secure a top-four finish, while our cross-city rivals need a victory to sustain their title challenge with Liverpool.
Rashford, who joined our Academy at the age of eight, soon learned of the importance of the local bragging rights at stake in the Manchester derby but said that the emotions surrounding the game differ from our rivalry with Liverpool.
“United versus City and United versus Liverpool mean the most to every United player and every United fan,” our no.10 said in an interview you can read in tonight’s United Review – the official matchday programme.
“But, as a player, you have to understand that every game in the league is for three points and, whether you’re playing against Everton or Chelsea, they all have the exact same importance as when you play City or Liverpool. It’s the emotions which are a bit different.”