Sir Alex Ferguson wants Liverpool to know that Manchester United are travelling to Anfield next weekend expecting to win, after the side suffered three losses in a row at the Reds’ fortress.
In the last three seasons, Liverpool have defeated United 3-1, 2-0 and 2-1. With a rivalry going back many years, Ferguson is desperate to get his own back in Merseyside and take away a much needed win to keep United ta the top of the Barclays Premier League table.
And while the manager believes that the atmosphere created by the Kop will be difficult to overcome, he said that his side has the strength to play to their best and get ahead of Liverpool on more than just titles.
"We’ve been poor there of late," Sir Alex told Inside United. "Our record hasn’t been great. On a couple of occasions we’ve been outfought by them, which has been disappointing.
"The atmosphere always plays a part. Of course, every time we go there it’s 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."
United have been superior to Liverpool over the past five seasons on the silverware front, whilst Liverpool have gone without a trophy. United have amassed three titles, two League Cups, three Community Shields and a Champions League trophy - but Ferguson cites the rivalry as a reason why the clubs are still so competitive against one another whenever they play.
"I think it’s related to the rivalry between the clubs,” he said. “It’s an important contest that’s been going on for a long time. But even when Liverpool were in their pomp – in the 1980s – United would regularly beat them there.
"If you look at what was happening then, Liverpool were winning league titles but United were winning the matches between us and them. It’s been the other way around in the last few years. Anfield’s a tough place to go – the supporters make a fantastic noise and you really have to work hard to handle that and cope with it.”
Ferguson admitted though that while he cared about the game, a win was far from the most important thing on his mind.
"My thinking, though, is that I’d rather be winning the league come May than worry too much about dropping three points at Anfield.
"Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m okay with losing the game. Far from it - it’s never nice to be beaten by Liverpool. But at the end of the day, I’d prefer to win the Premier League."