The Red Devils head into the game on the back of their disappointing Europa League exit at the hands of bitter local rivals Liverpool on Thursday night.
United know that a win over their neighbours would move them to within one point of Manuel Pellegrini’s men heading into the closing stages of the season.
And although United star Lingard is expecting a tricky game at The Etihad, he is confident that United can get back to winning ways in the Premier League on Sunday.
Speaking to United’s website, Lingard said: “It’s going to be a tough match as always, but we are going to be ready and prepared.
“Hopefully we can go there with the right mindset and a creative game plan. Everyone will be ready and we’ll believe [we can win the game] on Sunday.”
He added: “I thought we had tempo and energy through the whole game against Liverpool, and obviously our fans gave us that energy too. I don’t see why we can’t produce that in every game and push for that top-four spot.”
The Red Devils have taken just one point from a possible nine in their last three away games, losing to both Sunderland and West Brom.
Louis van Gaal’s men have won just one of their last eight away games.
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