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10/03/2014 21:56, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Legend's view: Pallister

Ex-United defender Gary Pallister casts an early glance ahead to Sunday's showdown with rivals Liverpool - and looks back at his favourite game against them as a player...

What does the United versus Liverpool fixture mean to you?
Going back to when I arrived, we were trying to make inroads into what Liverpool had done. They were the most successful team in England at the time, they were the top dogs and we were playing catch up. We were a million miles behind the sorts of standards Liverpool had set, so it was a case of trying to build and challenge the Anfield machine.

The intensity was always there - even when Liverpool were in their pomp, playing United was always one of their hardest games of the season. The form book went out of the window and United managed to upset them even when Liverpool were winning title after title. I realised very quickly what the matches meant to our supporters and the club.

The intensity never changed, even when we started having the upper hand. When you went into a Liverpool game, you knew you were in for a blood and thunder type of match, and it very rarely disappointed. They were always high-intensity games, played with a lot of passion. Even today the build-up to a United versus Liverpool game is different, different even to the Manchester derby.

What are your standout memories from the Liverpool games you played in?
Scoring two goals in front of The Kop at Anfield

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