four. I think the key thing is keeping your important players fit. That can make the difference. There is very little to choose between the top eight teams, but it’s that little bit of luck on the day, and players staying injury-free, which can turn things in your favour.
How do you think Sunday's match will go?
I fully expect goals as I think it will be an open game. That’s one thing I’ve noticed this season in the Premier League as a whole -matches are much more open and not many teams keep a clean sheet. What’s exciting from Liverpool’s point of view is that in the past we’ve probably been reluctant to attack but this season Brendan [Rodgers] is having a go. It’s a case of ‘if you score one, we’ll score two.’ Manchester City are doing the same, so are Arsenal, and United have always done it. Both teams will be relying heavily on their strikers - Suarez & Sturridge and Rooney & van Persie. But getting it right at the back is also important. I think whichever team does that on Sunday is most likely to win.
Ian Rush was speaking to ManUtd.com at last month's launch of Tour 2014, presented by Aon, and the International Champions Cup featuring United, Liverpool, Inter Milan and five other European clubs. For more information, visit www.manutd.com/tour2014.