Ashley Young does not believe Liverpool’s two wins from two games this season will make Anfield any more intimidating when Manchester United visit on Sunday.
In recent years fans have discussed which fixture means more to them. The argument is currently between Liverpool and City, but for me it’s always been the former. Whether they’re still successful or not. Then again, our inner city rival’s rise to prominence has certainly spiced up the local derby.
Successive wins for Liverpool in their opening two games against Stoke and Aston Villa has fuelled a belief of improvement under Brendan Rodgers, so they go into Sunday’s encounter confident. Even with that in mind, Young does not see the game being more intense than usual.
Speaking to BT Sport, he said:
“I don’t think there has ever been a time when Manchester United have gone there and Liverpool haven’t been up for it.”You know what the rivalry is like between the two clubs. It will be a fiery atmosphere.
“But you want to play in the fiery games. It is what you dreamt about as a boy.
“We know what to expect. We will keep a cool head, let the fans have their rivalry and try to do our jobs in the right way.”
Since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes has not brought in a signing but the Scot is confident with the squad he’s got. Young believes winning mentality circulates around the dressing room.
“He has told us already that we are in four competitions and we want to win them all,” said Young.
“When you come to a place like Manchester United, you want success. You look at the trophy cabinet and the history. You want a piece of that.
“Everybody is a winner here. You see that in training. No-one wants to lose.
“If you have that in training you take it on to the pitch. We want to retain the title that we won last season.”