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Manchester United v Liverpool bigger than derby - Neville

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Phil Neville is looking forward to facing Liverpool at the weekend but not as a player. 

Neville, who retired from football last season is now one of David Moyes' assistants and admitted that Sunday's game is one of the biggest.

"When I was in the United first team, Liverpool was the biggest game," Neville said in the latest issue of Inside United.

"Funnily enough, you normally find the little knocks and injuries players are carrying die down in the week leading up to the match. Suddenly, everybody's fit because everybody wants to play!"

United need to beat Liverpool to maintain their challenge for the top four but anything other than a victory could see the Red Devils playing in the Europa League next season. 

The two sides have had more than one week's rest and no new injuries have arose in either squad. 

Both sides have beaten each other on one occasion this season, with Liverpool winning in the League in September and United winning 1-0 in the Capital One Cup at Old Trafford. 

The rivals have had some great encounters in the past especially in Manchester. Five years ago in 2009, the Reds defeated United 4-1 with captain Nemanja Vidic receiving a red card.

Former England right-back Gary Neville then kissed the badge in front of the Liverpool fans when United beat Liverpool 1-0 in 2006.

"The rivalry between the two teams was intense. Both clubs have great history and great success, which always made for some cracking matches. These are the games all the fans want to watch and all the players want to play in," the 37-year-old said. 

Brendan Rodgers has done a magnificent job with the Anfield side and the former United player admitted that Sunday should be a great game. 

"This year, Liverpool have had a great season and it'll be a fantastic game but, as always, we'll be looking for maximum points," Neville added. 

Manchester United - Liverpool (Sunday, Sky Sports 1, 1:30 KO)


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