Mickey Thomas (United 1978-81) and Alan Kennedy (Liverpool 1978-85) spoke to ManUtd.com earlier this week, prior to their joint appearance on MUTV...
Liverpool won 4-1 last season, United won 3-0 the season before that… what on earth do you expect to happen at Old Trafford this time?
MT: Liverpool have the upper hand at the moment in head to heads, including a very convincing victory at Anfield earlier this season. But we’re back on track now, playing good football, and I’m confident that we can win Sunday’s game.
AK: The win here last season was beyond expectations. It was a fantastic performance, the Liverpool players really worked hard at their game. They’ve got to do that again on Sunday because they need a result. It’s a tough game but if they can play as well as they did last year, who knows?
Are you not concerned, Mickey, that Liverpool have become our bogey side?
MT: No, I'm not concerned, and I think you can accept a defeat as long as you win a trophy at the end of the season. We’ve been doing that, while Liverpool haven’t won any silverware recently. I think the lads will be fired up on Sunday and the manager will stress the need to improve on the recent meetings. We need to get the bit between our teeth and go at Liverpool in an aggressive manner, just as they did to us last year.
AK: We also played good football last season. You have to, to turn United over home and away and turn Chelsea over. The problem was we drew against lower-table teams and that's escalated this season with defeats like Wigan last week. That was poor, poor stuff, Rafa Benitez said it was probably the worst display he’d seen during his time as manager. They improved against Portsmouth but I don’t know which Liverpool is going to turn up on Sunday.
MT: I know Liverpool played very well to win 4-1 on Monday night, but it was against a struggling side in Portsmouth. I think there are major problems at Anfield.
Which players do you admire on the opposing side?
AK: You’ve only got one great player - Rooney - but we’ve got two - Gerrard and Torres - so we should win!
MT: I think you’re being disrespectful there to the great players we’ve got in our team. I think we’re more of a team than Liverpool