Old Trafford boss is excited about ‘biggest game of the season’.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has called on fans from his club and Liverpool to respect the history of their great rivals.
The Red Devils head to Anfield tomorrow with their ticket allocation reduced due to past problems and bracing themselves for another fierce reception.
Ferguson has already written to his travelling fans, pleading them not to stand throughout the game, which has become a tradition among the United contingent.
He accepts an intense atmosphere is inevitable between the clubs who represent the biggest two cities in north-west England.
But the Scot feels more focus should be on the 37 titles between them, rather than the tragedies of Munich and Hillsborough, which have been the subject of so much venom down the years.
“I have always considered this to be the game of the season in English football,” said Ferguson. “It’s never going to change. Both clubs need each other.
“Both clubs’ history should be appreciated by each other’s sets of fans.
“It is annoying when I hear silly chants about Munich and Hillsborough.
“It doesn’t do either club any good and if it came to a stage where fans were banned from each other’s ground it wouldn’t be the same game.
“Things may change in the next two or three years with Manchester City and whether or not the derby can equal a Manchester United game against Liverpool.
“But at the moment it remains the biggest.
“The history of both clubs should be respected. Hopefully we can see that because it’s fantastic for fans to see these games – the rivalry, great footballers, the intensity.”