Ashley Young believes it is essential Manchester United win on Sunday in order for his side's to maintain bragging rights over Manchester City.
The Manchester duo are currently level pegging on seven points with goal difference separating the two sides going into this weekend's encounter at the Etihad Stadium.
Young, who played a pivotal role in Manchester United's 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium last season, has called on his side to appease the Red Devils fans by bagging the three points.
Speaking exclusively to Four Four Two, Young said on Sunday's match: "I think from the time I signed for United I could feel the rivalry. Whether that’s on the pitch or walking round the streets with fans, the rivalry is massive."
The match is unlikely to have a bearing on the title race given the fact that the tie comes so early into the Premier League season.
However winger Young has declared winning any Manchester derby is essential to the club - no matter what stage of the season.
The 28-year-old added: "With them winning the league and then us getting our title back, I think it’s going to be a massive game.
"I think it always is with the audience, the crowds, how many people will be watching the game.
"It’s Manchester – you want to be able to say this is our city. We know it’s not going to decide the league, but it’s one of those games that you want to win.
"It’s a derby, and we want to win it."
Young will be battling with Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa and Portuguese maestro Nani for a starting berth in David Moyes' starting line-up against Manchester City.