Bryan Ruiz believes both sides will be going all out for the win when Fulham host Manchester United at the Cottage on Saturday (3pm).
The two teams have made stuttering starts to the new campaign and the Red Devils have picked up just four more points than the Whites.
Ruiz admits both sides have underperformed this term and feels Saturday’s encounter in SW6 could be a tense affair as the pair look to pick up the much-needed three points.
When asked how he would sum up Fulham’s start to the season, Ruiz said: “I have to be honest and say not good. We can do better than we’re doing now and we will, I’m pretty sure of that. We’re a little under pressure as players but we’re together as a team so hopefully we will get out of this situation.”
Under new boss David Moyes, United have struggled for consistency this term and Ruiz commented: “I think it’s one of the hardest beginnings to a season they’ve had. It will be a tough game as they cannot lose more points because they’re a team that wants to be fighting for the title. They really need to win this game and so do we. It’s going to be a really tough game.
“Sir Alex Ferguson was unbelievable at Manchester United and now with a new coach, perhaps they need time for this big change and that’s why it has been difficult. But they’re Manchester United and they have so many good players.”
Ruiz, who has scored once for the Whites this season, recently helped Costa Rica to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
He added: “It was amazing, one of the best moments in my career. The World Cup is going to be in a football country, you know that in Brazil it’s going to be a big football party, so I’m really glad that I’m going to have an opportunity to play in a World Cup in Brazil. I’m really happy that we have qualified and I’m proud to be captain of the team.”