Old Trafford has lost its fear factor, says Barry

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry believes the Old Trafford fear factor ended when Sir Alex Ferguson left the club.

The former Manchester City and Aston Villa midfielder made the claims in the build up to the Toffees trip to Manchester.

Barry, a former England international, went more than a decade without a win when playing at Old Trafford.

However, he finally tasted victory three years ago when Manchester City smashed their nearest rivals 6-1.

He was then left to celebrate again when Everton won 2-1 at Old Trafford last December – their first victory there in 21 years.

Barry said:”I think it (the fear factor) has gone. I can only speak from my experience and Everton’s as well.

“It was fantastic to win there last season. Everton hadn’t won there for many years. There was a great feeling in the dressing room afterwards to break that duck.

“We put in a great performance at a fantastic stadium and a great team. It took me probably 12 or 13 years to win a Premier League game there.

“I have now won the last three times there. It’s just my experience but it just shows you it’s maybe not what it once was.

“But at the same time we need to show them the respect they deserve because they have got loads of talent. And if they put it together on the day they can probably beat anybody.

“So it’s down to us to produce a good performance to get a result there. They are scoring a lot of goals and conceding a lot, too. Pretty much a bit like the way we started.”