Tomorrow’s fixture with Liverpool has been dominating the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Vitriolic chants and handshakes are what people are talking about, disappointing considering the two biggest clubs in English football will go head to head to add another chapter to the greatest rivalry in the the domestic game.
But one player isn’t allowing himself to get bogged down in all of that, instead Tom Cleverley is focusing on playing in tomorrow’s “English Clasico”, a game he calls the biggest of his United career so far.
Having risen through the ranks at United Cleverley has experienced the tie at various levels and spoke with ManUtd.Com’s Nick Coppack about what the game meant at youth level:
“It was still a crunch match. You always looked forward to the Liverpool and Manchester City games. There was something extra about those games and winning those games always felt better, especially away from home. There was always a lot of satisfaction when you beat Liverpool on their own turf so it would be nice to feel that again. Hopefully I’ll be having that feeling again on Sunday night.”
Having experienced success against Liverpool at varying levels, Cleverley is hoping to add a first team victory to his ledger but he has to get onto the team sheet first:
“Yeah, it’s fair to say this would be the biggest game I’ve played in for United if I’m involved. But it’s not just a big game for me, it’s a big game for the club and of course there’s a lot of focus on this particular match. Liverpool haven’t started so well so I’m sure this will be like a cup final. Meanwhile, we’ve won our last three games so we’re hoping to build on that. It’s important we maintain that momentum. It’s a massive game for the team.”