Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has fanned the flames ahead of Sunday’s crunch clash with arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old has become a fans’ favourite after a tricky start to life with the Red Devils and his latest comments would have done him no harm whatsoever as he gets fully immersed into the Mancunian spirit.
“Liverpool is the big one for all of us,” said Herrera.
“We know our history. I know Sir Alex changed the history of this rivalry because, when he came, Liverpool were a long way ahead, in terms of titles.
“But after Ferguson’s time here, now we are ahead – and clearly ahead – so I know what it means to our fans.
“I like to know about football and everything about a club when I play there, so I talk to people when they come up to me in the street.
“I like to read and understand. I don’t go to a club and just play.
“I like to be informed about what happened in the history, so, believe me, I know about this fixture and I understand the significance.
Herrera also recalled how Manchester United fans are quick to remember their rivals that they have been knocked off their perch.
He added “Before coming to United, I watched a game when Liverpool won here 3-0 and Steven Gerrard scored two penalties and missed another.
“But all our stadium was singing ‘20 times, 20 times, Man United’ to make Liverpool remember that we have more titles.
“It is just a game with three points at the end, but we all know what the history means.”