Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is braced for a massive few games - including this weekend's clash against Liverpool.
The 32-year-old central midfielder has described the meeting with the Reds as a 'big one', and believes league position goes out the window when these two giants of English football meet.
That's lucky for the Red Devils, who find themselves behind their great rivals for the first time in a long time in the Premier League.
"It's a big month ahead, we're well aware of that. It’s Liverpool next and that's a big one. Regardless of where both teams are in the league it’s an important fixture," he told the official Manchester United website.
“In recent times, with this rivalry, we’ve been on top of them in the league and it's the other way around at the moment. But I don’t think league places affect the game.
"We’d say it if we’re top of the table that form goes out of the window against Liverpool, it counts for very little, and that’s the case now. It should be a good game and we’re all looking forward to it.”
David Moyes' side do go into the meeting on the back of an impressive 3-0 win over West Brom, with Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck all on the scoresheet for the champions.
And, a win against Brendan Rodgers' side at the weekend would lift spirits at Old Trafford ahead of a crucial Champions League second leg against Olympiakos.
“I know we’ve had an up and down season but I think performance-wise in recent times we’ve been pretty good," added Carrick.
"That Olympiakos game was a bit of a shock to everyone and afterwards we just wanted to get back to where we were. I thought we did that against West Brom, so we need to build on that now."
The Manchester United midfielder will be hoping for a strong end to the season, ahead of this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
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