Sergio Aguero is hoping for shivers down his spine at Old Trafford on Sunday as he aims to break his goal drought.
Manchester City striker Aguero, who bagged 19 goals in 20 games in the first half of the season, has not scored for six matches.
But the 26-year-old forward believes he can break that 556 minute goal famine in the Manchester derby and help stop City’s calamitous freefall.
Joint top with Chelsea on New Year’s Day, Manuel Pellegrini’s side now trail Jose Mourinho’s men by nine points, proof of their remarkable collapse since the turn of the year.
Despite that dramatic drop-off, Aguero still retains hope City can pull off a remarkable title win to hold on to their crown, and is confident he can end his long wait for a goal.
Aguero, whose last goal for City was in a 2-1 home defeat to Barcelona on February 24, said: “I always love to score, but of course it’s even more special to score in the big games.
“If you score against United at Old Trafford it almost gives you shivers, because you can feel the tense atmosphere with most of the stadium being really quiet, but the away end going crazy.
“At home it’s different. When the City supporters are really loud in these games, it sometimes gives me goose bumps when they sing my name.”
Aguero believes United, who have won their last five Premier League games to go above City in third place, remain a work in progress under Louis van Gaal.
And the City striker said it was difficult to tell which United will turn up at Old Trafford on Sunday, aiming to end a run of four straight derby defeats.
“They are a team with a lot of great individual players, who can form an incredible unit when they work well together,” said Aguero.
“But this season that hasn’t always been the case. Some matches they don’t seem to play at
the maximum, with the attacking qualities they have in the team.