The Pink Devils had been usually heading right into a cauldron once they performed away at their arch rivals, albeit they loved loads of success on Merseyside. United’s dominant interval underneath the Scot coincided with Liverpool’s prolonged title drought as they went by a number of managers seeking success.
At one interval, the Reds had been within the midst of transition and Ferguson clearly felt his United facet as soon as got here up towards a group who had been less than the same old customary – and made that clear to him gamers, which stored his group discuss transient.
Rio Ferdinand instructed William Hill’s Stripped Podcast : “Essentially the most iconic group discuss Sir Alex ever gave was after we performed Liverpool at Anfield. He stated: ‘I don’t want to speak to you, actually. It’s the worst Liverpool group I’ve ever seen on a group sheet’. That was it. We received that day.”
Ferdinand’s first recreation at Anfield for United got here in October 2003, the place the Pink Devils recorded a 2-1 win thanks to 2 targets from Ryan Giggs. The centre-half would go on to win 4 of his 9 video games at Anfield, however did not shed any mild on which recreation Ferguson’s group discuss got here earlier than.
Liverpool, while not successful league titles, usually fielded spectacular sides with Rafa Benitez calling on the likes of Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt throughout his tenure.
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Journeys to Merseyside not solely carried big historic significance, however Ferguson additionally felt the contests at Anfield served as a terrific barometer for the place his facet was at. The Scot did not take kindly to defeats in Liverpool, with Gary Neville confessing he could be in a nasty temper for days.
Nevertheless, a win at Anfield would give the group confidence that they may declare the league title. Neville stated beforehand: “You knew going right into a recreation towards Liverpool that the end result set the temper for the subsequent 5 – 6 days as a result of it will have an effect on the temper of the supervisor a lot. Sir Alex used to say, ‘should you win at Anfield, you then’ve received a terrific probability of successful the league.’ That was his perception as a result of it was the last word take a look at for a United group.”
Ferguson received his final league recreation at Anfield within the 2012/13 season, which finally noticed the Pink Devils named champions. They received 2-1 having fallen behind with Robin van Persie bagging the winner.