Manchester United will be targeting a return to winning ways when cross-town rivals Manchester City visit Old Trafford in the EFL Cup fourth round on Wednesday.
The Red Devils have faced widespread criticism after a lacklustre showing in a shock 4-0 defeat to Jose Mourinho's former employers, Chelsea, at the weekend.
The loss extended their winless run to three games, heaping further pressure on Mourinho.
The Citizens, meanwhile, are also struggling for form heading into the midweek clash. Pep Guardiola's side were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at the weekend, a result that extended their winless streak to five games.
However, City will be quietly confident of recording a positive result, especially after recording a 2-1 victory over the very same opponents in the Premier League earlier this season.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 25, 2016
In an interview with MUTV, Mourinho made it clear that he expected a reaction from his players.
He said: "I would prefer to play [next] in the Premier League. It's a bad feeling in the Premier League. With the combination of results the gap to the top is six points.
"We have had a very difficult period of matches. We lost points this week and, even in the match when we played phenomenal against Stoke, we lost points then. Now we need to win matches.
"I am not saying they are easy ones, but we have Burnley, we have Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough – matches that we need to win and the top four, the top five, they have to play between themselves like we did this week against Chelsea and Liverpool.
|They are going to lose points too, so we are in the run, but there is no way to hide because I think our faces speak by themselves."
Centre-back Eric Bailly is expected to miss with a serious knee injury, while United skipper Wayne Rooney is rated doubtful after missing the defeat to the Blues with calf injury.
Guardiola also has a number of injury concerns and has revealed he will make some changes from the team that played at the weekend.
"We're going to rotate yeah – several players going to play for sure," the Spaniard revealed. "Kevin [De Bruyne] no way, cannot. Pablo [Zabaleta] I think not. Vincent [Kompany] I think he can."
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 25, 2016