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Gerard Piqué views Tuesday night's Manchester derby as the first of three consecutive cup finals for the Reserves.
The table-topping Reds currently lead Middlesbrough by five points and Aston Villa - who have two games in hand - by six points with three league games remaining.

United face City in their final home game before tricky trips to Liverpool and title rivals Villa in an intriguing climax to the campaign.

"We have just a few matches left and every match is like a final," Piqué told MUTV. "If we win all the games we will have won the league so it depends on us."

"We have three of the most difficult matches left, because it's City at home but the last two games are away at Villa and Liverpool.

"We'll have to fight to win the games, but we have the team to do it and to win the league."

Piqué will be partnered in central defence against City by Jonny Evans, who has returned to the starting line-up after recovering from a groin injury.

The Irish defender made a substitute cameo against West Brom last week, and impressed boss Rene Meulensteen sufficiently to merit his full recall for the Reds' final home game of the season.

"I was very impressed with the way Jonny came back in the team," Rene told ManUtd.com after the game. "He was very composed and did exactly what I wanted."

Evans replaces Ryan Shawcross in the only change to the side that beat West Brom.

Luke Steele continues in goal with Evans, Piqué, Phil Marsh and Danny Rose in defence.

Darron Gibson and Ritchie Jones reprise their partnership in the centre of midfield, while Markus Neumayr and Jamie Mullan occupy the flanks.

Fraizer Campbell partners Giuseppe Rossi upfront as United chase the goals to edge them closer to retaining the FAPRL title.

United: Steele, Marsh, Rose, Piqué, J Evans, Gibson, R Jones, Neumayr, Campbell, Rossi, Mullan.
Substitutes: Gray, Zieler, Shawcross, Barnes, Lea
 

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ooh, we play man shitty tonight.

Must win!

I sense a reserve and first team league double. ;) :pp
 

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Jern Lizardhous said:
yeah sod them irrelevant games at the San Siro and El Madrigal , this is the real stuff, United reserves v City reserves. :stuckup:
:D :D :D :D
 

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Manchester United 6
Campbell (3, 21, 38 & 65,), Rossi (10), Neumayr (49)

Manchester City 0

United gave themselves a great chance of becoming the first club to retain the FAPRL title with a thumping win over local rivals Manchester City.

Four goals from Fraizer Campbell and further strikes from Giuseppe Rossi and Markus Neumayr buried Steve Wigley's side and kept United six points ahead of nearest title challengers Aston Villa.

Aside from the return of Jonny Evans, boss Rene Meulensteen named an unchanged line-up from that which started last week's 2-0 win at West Brom.

That victory over the midlanders was United's first in five games, and the subsequent confidence boost was evident immediately.

Red shirts swarmed around their blue counterparts and were first to every ball, and they moved ahead just after the two minute mark.

Markus Neumayr pinged an excellent pass over the top of the City defence, and Campbell raced clear before slotting the ball past experienced Blues keeper Nicky Weaver.

Campbell came close to doubling his tally with a glancing header five minutes later, but United did have their second after just 10 minutes.

As has so often been the case this season, it came from the combination of Neumayr and Giuseppe Rossi as the Italian reacted first to the German's near-post corner to prod home.

With the visitors stunned by their hosts' lightning start United continued to pour forward, and Campbell grabbed a superb second 11 minutes later.

Darron Gibson's high long ball gave Campbell plenty to do, but the pacy forward bypassed City defender Shaleum Logan with a clever lob.

Although he had a clear run on goal, Campbell opted to shoot first time and his stunning left-footed effort thundered past Weaver's and in off the near post from 20 yards.

Seven minutes before the interval, Campbell completed his hat-trick, slotting past Weaver again after another through-ball from Rossi.

Although the points were safely in the bag, there was no let-up from United after the interval.

Superb one-touch passing from Danny Rose and Giuseppe Rossi put Neumayr through on the right side of the area, and the German fired emphatically home.

Not content with his hat-trick Campbell added a fourth, lobbing Weaver beautifully after another incisive through-ball from Rossi.

It capped a scintillating performance from United, easily their best 90 minutes of the season, and gave them an additional goal difference boost.

To a man, it was a faultless United performance laced with courage, skill and commitment. It was, in short, a display of champions.

United: Steele, Marsh (Gray, 73), Rose, Piqué, J Evans (Shawcross, 58), Gibson, R Jones, Neumayr, Campbell (Barnes, 78), Rossi, Mullan.
Substitutes: Zieler, Lea
 
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