Manchester United winger Ashley Young says his side will go for the kill against bitter rivals Liverpool when they travel to Merseyside this Sunday, as the race for the top four hots up.
The Red Devils have a chance to put themselves further in the driving seat for Champions League qualification after seeing off rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford last week, winning 3-0.
Liverpool are currently two points behind fourth-placed United and a win for the Reds would see them leapfrog their rivals, so Young knows a win is of vital importance to put some daylight between the two sides.
He said, “We will go there looking for three points. We are going there to win – you don’t go to a place to try and draw.
“The performance against Tottenham was brilliant but we have a tough game coming up at Liverpool. We have got to dust ourselves down in the right way and go for the three points again.”
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had come under criticism for his team selection and tactics this season from time to time, but his side produced their best collective game of the campaign so far to silence the critics.
Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini have been two players to improve vastly under the Dutchman, compared to David Moyes’ spell at the club, and the resurgent winger praised the Belgian.
“You saw (against Tottenham) that he was fantastic at getting in the box and looking like a striker at times,” said Young.
“I think he likes playing in that position. We just have to utilise his strengths and I think we did that really well on Sunday.
“I think last season was difficult for a lot of people and this season is totally different.”
Both Manchester United and Liverpool have nine games left this season. With both teams in good form, and only two points separating them in the Premier League, the game on Sunday looks like going some way to deciding the destination of Champions League football.