By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The two sides are level on points but United are currently behind on goal difference. They lost both their matches against City and despite scoring on average more than two goals per game this season, Sir Alex Ferguson's side know that they will not be able to make up the eight-goal deficit that currently divides the two clubs.
Interestingly, City will be up against a QPR side managed by former head coach Mark Hughes. Hughes was also a former Manchester United player and so his loyalties might be divided for the upcoming encounter.
But the Rangers need at least a point as a Bolton Wanderers win against Stoke coupled with a loss to City could send the London club down.
And Young is hoping that they survive the encounter and maintain their Premier League status - but for a totally selfish reason.
"It's disappointing we didn't score more goals as it looked like we could've done but we've still got to have faith QPR can do us a favour," he told the Telegraph.
"I'm sure Mark Hughes doesn't want to go there and lose as they have to get a point for safety. So I'm sure he'll set his side out in the week to go there and do the best they can and hopefully they'll do that for us."
And he hopes that another personal connection between the two clubs could play into United's hands.
"Maybe Rio [Ferdinand] can speak to his brother [Anton, about the game] but we'll just have to wait and see!"
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After United's 2-0 win over Swansea, Ferguson also made similar remarks as he told Sky Sports: "City are obviously red-hot favourites. It's an important day for QPR.
"I just wish Sparky was playing!"
Ferguson had dropped Hughes for the title decider against West Ham in 1995 and in an interesting turn of events, he could very well decide the fate of United's hopes of winning a 20th league title.
United themselves need to be guard against complacency against Sunderland on Sunday. Even a draw would be risky and so they will enter the field hoping to secure the win as quickly as possible and hope for a favourable update from the game at the Etihad Stadium.