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Fergie: I Love Playing Liverpool

Ferguson BenitezSince “knocking Liverpool off their fucking perch”, Sir Alex Ferguson has made his feelings on Liverpool very clear. He hates the dippers as much as the average United fan and has been vocal about this several times over the years in charge at the club.

Back in December, some ridiculous journalist from The People had the bottle/stupidity to ask Ferguson would he like to see Liverpool win the league. Fergie’s simple, yet effective, response, told us all we needed to know about his attitude towards the dippers. “You must be joking,” he said. “Do I look as if I’m a masochist ready to cut myself? How does relegation sound instead?”

So yet another North West derby between the hateful rivals United and Liverpool will take place tomorrow. This will be the eight league meeting against Rafa Benitez’s team, with United winning six of the seven previous meetings, and drawing the other. Benitez has done nothing but lose in his trips to Old Trafford, but this might not have total relevance where this fixture is concerned. United vs Liverpool goes beyond points and statistics, it’s about pride and hatred, with both sets of fans desperately urging their team on to victory.

Today, Sir Alex Ferguson has confessed he loves the games against Liverpool, which is no wonder with his record against them. Winning 21 of the 43 league meetings, drawing 12, and losing 10.

“I love the Liverpool games, I must admit,” said Sir Alex Ferguson. “There’s nothing better for me and my players, particularly the older ones who’ve experienced it many times like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand. I think the Liverpool game brings out a certain anticipation in our players and they’ll be anticipating a difficult game.”

Fergie went on to talk about the current threat Liverpool pose. With Anderson and Ferdinand keeping Gerrard and Torres off the ball at Anfield this season, United fans would be forgiven for not feeling too nervous about Liverpool’s biggest threats. However, the injury to Rio Ferdinand, who has scored two goals against Liverpool in the past three seasons, is somewhat of a concern.

“Liverpool are very strong defensively and people are talking about the Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres partnership,” he continued. “We know about Gerrard of course, he’s been on the scene for a long time and has also played in many of these derby games. Torres has scored twenty-four goals so far in his first season in the Premier League and I’m sure Rafa’s delighted with that return. We have to do our preparation tactically but if we play to our form, we’ll have a good chance.”

What result are you expecting from tomorrow’s game?

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. AZY says:

    fuk pool..

  2. Tom F says:

    It makes me laugh every week in the press conference how there’s always one journalist ready to make himself look a twat.

    Whoever said to Fergie Kleberson ‘isn’t a big game player’ when he asked somebody to name a Brazilian who cannot play in a big match, the way they were shot down with Fergies ‘well he played in a world cup final’ just made me laugh.

    I don’t know how journalists report on games but the amount of details they get totally wrong are unbelievable!

  3. Whiteside10 says:

    The problem with Journos working on the Nationals nowadays is that they never seem to give any thought to their questions, nor do they listen. Drives me mad to hear questions being asked in press conferences that were answered five minutes before, so I guess I’m just reiterating what Tom’s just said above…
    Anyway, as for the game, the talk of Gerrard and Torres is interesting – I guess it’s the media’s way of saying that Liverpool have now got a couple of players playing well… I would add that I’ve never seen Gerrard have a good game at OT (he is like Shearer was in that respect)… while there is little mention of how Liverpool will cope with the fluid front four of United – something they won’t have come across in their run of good results recently. However, I agree with Scott about Ferdinand’s probable absence, as he’s always played well in this fixture, but to answer the question… 3-1 United.


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