Manchester United and Liverpool face-off in the Premier League on Sunday and Alex Ferguson is aware of the difficulty facing his former side.
Alex Ferguson, the great Manchester United boss, joked that he was glad to have retired because he didn’t have to go up against Jurgen Klopp’s ‘phenomenal’ Liverpool side.
Ferguson led United to 13 Premier League titles during his illustrious 27-year tenure at Old Trafford, succeeding in his aim of ‘knocking Liverpool off their perch’ as English football’s most famous club.
“I’ve always considered the Manchester United and Liverpool derby the game of the season,” said Ferguson, speaking in favor of Sports United Against Dementia and In The Game, the charity of the League Managers’ Association.
“Quite clearly, when you sum up all the trophies they’ve won together, they are the two most successful teams in Britain. It’s clear that to win anything, you have to beat Liverpool. You had to beat Rangers and Celtic to win something and you should add a mental attitude to that. It’s close to when I was at Aberdeen. It’s the game. The success of Liverpool in the 70s and 80s was incredible.
I had to take a path that was always going to be difficult to do that, which meant I had to wait in terms of building the club. Finally, for us, it turned out fantastic.
I’ve retired now, and thank god I’ve retired because I’ve seen Liverpool’s success over the past two seasons—been it’s amazing. I have great respect for Liverpool, and I still do.”