O’Shea can’t wait for City showdown

Paul Hyland

JOHN O'Shea reckons that Manchester United will float into Eastlands in midweek for the biggest derby in many moons on a huge confidence high.

With Alex Ferguson forced to mix and match at the weekend because of injuries, illness and the continuing absence of Wayne Rooney, O'Shea is fully aware of the potential importance of Ji Sung Park's last-gasp winner against Mick McCarthy's battling Wolves.

"The focus beforehand was that we needed three points, then we could look forward to the City game. Thankfully we got that, now we can recover and focus and hopefully we'll get a few bodies back," said O'Shea, who believes that United's season will turn on Park's goal.

"The way the game ended was just such a high for us. It was a fantastic goal from Ji. Hopefully we can look on that goal as a very special moment in the season," said O'Shea

Ferguson's injury worries were compounded by the appearance and rapid disappearance of Owen Hargreaves but O'Shea remains confident that United have enough in reserve to maintain a three-point gap opened up on their City rivals.

"These things happen and hopefully we'll have a lot more lads back for the next two games. They're two tough away games," he said.