Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that his side have been poor when playing against Liverpool at Anfield in recent seasons, and has eyed a better performance on Saturday.
The Premier League champions were outplayed in a 3-1 Liverpool win on Merseyside last season, and a Kenny Dalglish inspired home team will look to exact the same punishment this weekend.
The Scottish coach is aware of how important the game is to the Anfield faithful, but is eager to get three points.
“We’ve been poor there [at Anfield] of late. Our record hasn’t been great,” he told Mirror Football.
“On a couple of occasions we’ve been out-fought by them, which has been disappointing. The atmosphere always plays a part.
“Of course, every time we go there it is as if it’s the biggest game of the century, but we need to be better than we have been in recent seasons and this team can do that,” he stated.
Ferguson has a dilemma in midfield, as Darren Fletcher has had a gruelling international period with Scotland, whilst Tom Cleverley is back fit and ready to play.
At the back, United will be boosted by the return of captain Nemanja Vidic, who has been sidelined since the opening day of the season, and Rio Ferdinand, who has shaken off food poisoning.
By Gareth McKnight