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Ex-Liverpool defender sympathises with Man United’s van Gaal nightmare ahead of FA Cup bout

Derby County left-back Stephen Warnock may have represented Liverpool in the past, but he’s still feeling sorry for Manchester United‘s situation ahead of his weekend meeting with the Red Devils.

The Rams are set to go head to head with the Red Devils in the fourth round of the cup this weekend, and Warnock, despite having made 40 league appearances for the Reds, is sympathetic for their fierce rivals.

“I don’t get any pleasure out of their current situation – not at all,” the Derby defender began, as per the Express.

“I grew up a Liverpool fan and you look at it now and think it’s one of those situations you’d love to have seen as a kid. But now when you see it, you understand and realise how hard it is to get out of that situation and how they must be feeling.”

Warnock made his way through the Liverpool academy—signing for the club in 1994 before making his first-team debut in 2002—and eventually left the club for Blackburn Rovers in 2007.

He want on to feature for the Rovers, Aston Villa and Leeds United, before signing for promotion-hunting Derby last year.

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While the Rams’ form has faltered in the second tier, they appear to be quietly confident of pulling off an upset against troubled United in the fourth round.

“We’re the underdogs going into the game and no one expects us to win,” Warnock continued. “All the pressure is on United to get a result.”

Warnock featured twice for England, but despite being named in the Three Lions’ squad for the 2010 World Cup, he was unused with Ashley Cole as the national side’s first-choice pick.

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