Manchester United boss David Moyes insists the club's fall from grace is not as severe as a lot of people are making out.
The Premier League champions lie all the way down in seventh, but followed up their Champions League comeback against Olympiakos with victory over West Ham at the weekend.
Moyes told Manchester United's official website: “We’re not as far away as many people would have us and I’ve no doubt it’ll improve. We want to show we’re still in there fighting.
“In the last couple of games, a lot of the players have stepped up to the plate and performed. But I’m not surprised by that at all – that’s what they’re capable of and I’ve been saying that all year."
Heading into the massive derby with Manchester City at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, Moyes realises the extra significance of winning such a game and admits that the Red Devils need to improve against the big teams.
He said: "We go out to win every game – not just the derby. Obviously it means a lot more to the supporters and the city to win a derby game, but we go into every game with the same intention to win.
“We want to perform better in the bigger games than we have done, I have no doubt about that. It’ll be important to show the level of what we’ve got and I think we have got the level."
Manchester United look to be edging out of their worst form after sealing a 3-0 win over Olympiakos and a 2-0 win away to West Ham. But while they have little hope of claiming a top four place in the Premier League, they are still capable of winning the Champions League but must knock-out reigning champions Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals before they are taken seriously.
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