Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fergie claims Liverpool bigger rivals than city

Manchester City may have spent £120million on new players, but Sir Alex Ferguson will always regard Liverpool as Manchester United’s true local rivals.

Not since 1968, when United won the European Cup and City finished top of the old First Division, have Manchester’s two giants met on anything like an equal footing. But the pair go head-to-head at Old Trafford tomorrow with far more than bragging rights at stake.

United are looking for victory to enhance their chances of landing a record fourth consecutive title, while City bid to extend a four-match winning streak that will raise optimism about a sustained championship challenge.

However, while Ferguson is aware of the threat, after 23 years of dominance over City his natural instinct remains to view the threat from Merseyside as more acute.

“I don’t know. I don’t think so,” replied Ferguson when asked whether the derby could one day be bigger than those titanic tussles with Liverpool.

“To me Liverpool will always be the derby game. It is just because of the history. When I came here they were the kingpins of England. They had won four European Cups and quite a few league titles.

“My aim was to do well against them and to try and turn that round. It is hard for me to go against that history.”

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