As Manchester United prepare for their trip to Anfield, Spain international Juan Mata has spoke of the eagerly anticipated clash against Liverpool.
“There is no game like this. Through the history there have been great games, big rivalries, and it is a special game to play in, and we feel very lucky to have the chance to play in these games,” he told Sky Sports
“The view from Spain I think is that all of the big Premier League games are viewed similarly. Once you are in England you realise United v Liverpool stands out.
“It’s tough. It’s a tough atmosphere. Obviously, the stadium is full of supporters wanting their team to go over us and win. That’s what makes football special. Not speaking about violence at all, but about the atmosphere. You have to have personality to play in these games.
“If we manage to impose ourselves in the game to control the emotions from the crowd, and play good football, I think we have a chance to win.”
Liverpool have struggled with clean sheets and goals, having scored only once in their previous 7 games which is in sharp contrast to the Red Devils who are so far unbeaten in the current Premier League campaign.
The teams are biggest rivals because of the history between them, something that is felt by fans and on the streets.
The two clubs between them have clocked up quite a few titles and cups: 38 league titles, eight European Cups, four UEFA Cups, four UEFA Super Cups, 19 FA Cups, 13 League Cups, one FIFA Club World Cup, one FIFA Intercontinental Cup and 36 Community Shields.
A win for Man Utd would see them temporarily back to the top of the Premier League table, at least until the afternoon when arch-rivals Manchester City play their game against Stoke City.