Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that he only feels nervous before games against Liverpool, and sometimes Manchester City…
Our great rivals have flopped since the Scot’s departure, despite spending more money than any other club in world football since his exit. David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were sacked, while Jose Mourinho’s endured an up and down season, currently sitting in fifth spot in the table with the largest wage bill of any football team on the planet (via Daily Mail).
We’ve already played United twice this term, with Mourinho’s long-ball tactics earning him two draws.
Fergie was present at both, but thankfully we didn’t give him the satisfaction of a win!
“The only time I get a bit anxious is when we play Liverpool and Manchester City, because those are the biggest games,” said Ferguson (cited in the Echo).
“The thing about English football is its tribalism. You’ve got the London clubs, the Midland clubs and Yorkshire clubs, and that creates a really good competitive edge to matches. But nothing compares with the Liverpool game, and of course Manchester City, now they’ve risen to a very prominent position in the game, these games have become very important too.”
If United win both of their games in hand, they’ll go one point above us in the race for the top four, but Liverpool’s run-in is far, far easier (on paper), with Mourinho’s men scheduled to play Everton, Chelsea, City, Arsenal and Spurs before the season’s up.
Liverpool of course have been notoriously bad against weaker sides, something we need to change – and fast.