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22/09/2012 08:14, Report by Adam Marshall

Evans: We relish the atmosphere

Jonny Evans believes Manchester United's players will thrive on the usual intensity at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds face a Liverpool side desperate for a first victory of the Barclays Premier League campaign and it promises to be an emotional first home game for the Merseysiders since the long-awaited release of an independent panel's findings on the Hillsborough disaster. But Evans insists United's trips to Anfield always have a charged atmosphere anyway, for long-established reasons.

"I just think the history of the two clubs makes it that way," said Evans. "The geographical distance between us... the Merseyside-Manchester rivalry and all the history means it will be no different on Sunday.

"We haven't had great results away at Liverpool in the last couple of years so it's up to us to put that right. It's always a big occasion but one every Manchester United player relishes. It's something you never forget with the atmosphere and the stick you get as well. It's all part of it. We enjoy that side of it and it's going to be a really big game.

"You can go through tactics and talk about how many points the teams have this season but I think all that goes out of the window when it comes to a Manchester United-Liverpool game with the history and the rivalry. We just want to go out there and hopefully put on a good performance."

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