success. But cycles change and that’s where we probably, as a club, are more aware than anyone because we know it does happen. That’s why we try to be one step ahead of everyone."
Liverpool may be 21 points behind United come kick-off time at Old Trafford but that hasn't really entered Sir Alex's thinking. His immediate concern in the Barclays Premier League is the chasing pack behind his leaders.
"I never even thought about it until Sky Sports mentioned it the other day," he admitted, when asked about the gap with the eighth-placed Merseysiders. "I don’t really look at that. I look at the team that’s behind us, don’t worry. I look at the immediate opposition all the time, their programme and who they have got next."