Manchester United news: Alex Ferguson loved knocking Liverpool off their perch and fans want Manchester City to keep them there
All that mattered to Sir Alex Ferguson was beating Liverpool. That game was massive to him.
In the legendary boss’ own words, knocking the Reds “off their f***ing perch,” was his greatest challenge.
Of all the things he has said, that line uttered in a 2002 interview, is his most famous.
At the time, United trailed Arsenal by six points in the league and former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen used his newspaper column to suggest winning the title that season – which he did – would be the greatest achievement of his career given that the Gunners had won the previous campaign by 10 points.
“My greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their fucking perch. And you can print that,” Ferguson said in response when Hansen’s words were put to him by journalist Michael Walker.
It’s little wonder, with Liverpool closing in on a first league title since 1990, Manchester City defender Kyle Walker revealed he United fans have stopped him in the street to tell him they hope City win the crucial Manchester derby. Victory for Pep Guardiola’s side would maintain their challenge at the top, however, if United were to win, that would send Liverpool two points clear at the top with three games to play.
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The hatred everyone associated with United has for their north west rivals is difficult to put into words, so the fact they would be happy to lose a Manchester derby if it stopped a Liverpool title party is huge.
Ferguson was so happy whenever his side beat Liverpool – he could even be spotted dancing in the changing room afterwards.
“Every game was big but then there was Liverpool,” former Old Trafford striker Andy Cole once told The Sun.
“When we beat them the gaffer would come into the changing room and do a little jig.
“I remember one game, I got sent off at Anfield but we still won. Normally, he’d fine you if you were sent off but he was buzzing so much, he forgot. I got away with one there.”
Even when Liverpool fell away during the 1990s, Ferguson wrote in his autobiography: “I could always feel their breath on my neck from 30 miles away.”
It appears the only thing to worry the manager was a Reds resurgence. “When a club of Liverpool’s history and tradition pull off a treble of cup wins, as they did in 2001, with the FA, League and UEFA trophies under Gerard Houllier, you are bound to feel a tremor of dread. My thought that year was ‘Oh no, not them. Anybody but them.’”
Now, having achieved what he set out to do, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s current United side could help put their rivals right back on said f***ing perch.
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